Text: Romans 3:25-26 (HCSB) (NLT)
Intro: What does that mean to really have Faith in Him (believe in Jesus), or for that matter to have faith in anything?
How often have you heard someone say: I got it covered! - It should bring great comfort and I mean eternal comfort to know that God has it covered!
The Bibles says: Christ is the propitiation for our sins; He is set forth by God to be a propitiation through His blood. Propitiation means mercy-seat, or covering. The mercy-seat covering the Ark of the Covenant was called propitiation. It is that by which God covers, overlooks, and pardons the penitent and believing sinner because of Christ's death. Propitiation furnishes a ground on the basis of which God could set forth His righteousness, and yet pardon sinful men. Christ Himself is the propitiatory sacrifice. The death of Jesus Christ is set forth as the ground on which a righteous God can pardon a guilty and sinful race without in any way compromising His righteousness. “HE DID COVER IT!”
“Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God” Romans 3:25 (KJV)
How did He cover this? Christ was made sin and die on the cross to cover our sins:
1. Made Sin!
"My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world" 1 John 2:1-2. (KJV)
God is the One who "set forth” Christ: God determined, resolved, ordained Christ to be the propitiation or the sacrifice for man's sins. It is not His teachings, power, example, or life that make Christ the propitiation. It is His blood—His sacrifice, His death, His sufferings, His cross—that causes God to accept Jesus as the propitiation.
It is the blood of Christ that God accepts as...
• the sacrifice for our sins.
• the covering for our sins.
• the satisfaction for our sins.
• the payment for the penalty of our sins.
• the appeasement of His wrath against sin.
What does the Bible mean by "the blood of Christ"? It means the willingness of Christ to die (shed His blood) for man. It means the supreme sacrifice Christ paid for man's sins. It means the terrible sufferings Christ underwent for man's sins.
"Then they will hand him over to the Romans to be mocked, flogged with a whip, and crucified. But on the third day he will be raised from the dead.” Matthew 20:19 (NLT)
It means the voluntary laying down of His life for man's sins: “This is why the Father loves Me, because I am laying down My life so I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down on My own. I have the right to lay it down, and I have the right to take it up again. I have received this command from My Father.” John 10:17-18 (HCSB)
Christ was made sin and die on the cross to cover our sins and in by doing this He made right our relationship with God:
2. Made Right!
Let me reiterate this thought: “It’s alright I got it covered!” when we make this statement in our everyday life it comes with a sense of relief, that someone else is taking care of this issue or situation. Mankind must come to its sense’s and understand there is an issue or situation. I mentioned last week a problem we have and it is called sin, this affects everyone and if left unattended the one who is not concern with sin will one day die and be permanently separated from God. God doesn’t want this; He has made right the issue of sin and its problem through His Son (Jesus). Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins" (1 John 4:10).
“Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation [propitiation] for the sins of the people.” “Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people.” Hebrews 2:17 (NLT)
To understand what God has made right we must see His righteousness:
God's righteousness is seen in four glorious facts.
a. That He forgives sin.
He accepted the death of Christ as the sacrifice for our sins; therefore, His forgiveness of sins declares that He is righteous. "For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins" Matthew 26:28
b. That He is forbearing.
God's righteousness is seen in His forbearance, that is, in His patience and longsuffering with man's sin. The fact that God waited until Christ came, that God was forbearing in holding back the punishment of sin, shows that God is righteous. God's righteousness and His justice are declared by His forbearance. “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.” Romans 8:3 (KJV)
c. That He is just.
God's righteousness is seen in His justice. He accepted the death of Christ as the substitute for our sins; He exacted the punishment for sin upon Christ. He did the right and just thing. His righteousness is declared by His justice. "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit" 1 Peter 3:18
d. That He is the justifier of believers.
The fact that God accepts the death of Christ as the sacrifice for our sins and justifies us shows a marvelous truth: it shows that God is righteous and just. The fact that God is our Justifier declares His righteousness. "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" Romans 5:1
Conclusion: He did cover it! Has what Christ done given you a sense of relief? Are you experiencing peace? Do you really understand the situation? We have all sinned and that’s the issue or situation. You can’t fix this on your own. Christ can fix it and He was made sin for us and He allow us to be made right by covering are sins. If you haven’t already won’t you let Christ cover it?
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