After having refused His rule, the saved are those who have returned to their rightful King, sought His forgiveness, and sworn allegiance to Him from now on. Christ is truly their head — not just legally or theoretically, but in the way they live.
If we view God wrongly, we’re going to have wrong beliefs about the reality of sin and the question of our fellowship with God. The gospel will mean little if our concept of God is such that we see no need for what Christ made possible at the cross.
Jesus makes possible our reconciliation with God because he “gave himself as a ransom for all.” In other words, He paid the price for us to be released from our condemnation, dying in our place and thereby atoning for our sins (Romans 3:25,26).
In Christ, we begin to know God, and we have what might be considered a foretaste of eternal life — or a down payment on it (Ephesians 1:14) — but the fullness of that life is something that will be ours only in eternity (Titus 1:2; 1 Peter 1:3,4).
We may “know” that Jesus died for us, but in too many cases, the significance of what we know hasn’t really sunk in. The devil is perfectly content for us to “remember” Christ’s death as long as the true implications of that event never dawn on us.
If the gospel of Christ is true, we’re not in good spiritual health if we’re not in a right relationship with the God who is our Creator — and that requires the actual forgiveness of our sins through obedience to the message of salvation in Christ.
Sin is the rebellion of our will against God’s will. The gospel of Christ proposes to transform us back into people who submit to the will of their Creator. So obviously, there can be no rightful response to God’s grace without obedience (Luke 6:46).
We have to stretch our minds to accept that there could be books written in human language that ultimately came from God’s own spirit (2 Peter 1:21), but that is exactly the claim made for “the Scriptures.” We dare not bandy them about carelessly!
What have we done with what we’ve heard, however much or little that may be? The real question is not whether we’ve heard, but whether we’ve listened. We’ve “heard” enough truth to save the world. But are we paying attention? Is the truth sinking in?
The heavens declare the glory of God. Every part of the world is full of wonder, obviously, but isn’t there something special about the sky? We need to admire it more — and think more deeply about why it is that the sky moves our hearts as it does.