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Message summary: The certificate of debt has been canceled out. The stamp on the certificate of debt of the redeemed reads, "Paid In Full".
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"When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross" (Colossians 2:13,14).
Debt is a huge problem in America. Finances are a major source of many marriage problems and this often concerns debt. But even those who have managed their finances carefully are caught up in a debt mess since our various governments are also in debt and that means us!
Here in the USA we have been hearing a lot about government debt all throughout our life and it keeps getting worse. I understand that this situation is true in many other countries as well. Politicians love to spend money.
According to an online article concerning federal debt in the USA, "As of April 30, 2018, debt held by the public was $15.3 trillion and intragovernmental holdings were $5.7 trillion, for a total or "National Debt" of $21 trillion and rapidly rising which is over $60,000 for each citizen." So, my family's share of the national debt is nearly $180,000.
Our politicians are constantly hashing out ways of dealing with it and essentially keep kicking the can down the road. The situation is so dire that although I am not being apocalyptic I have virtually no faith that there is a political solution out of this mess.
However we all have a far greater debt problem regardless of where we live. Ellis Crum penned the lyrics of a song that describes the sin dilemma that each person born into this world deals with: "I owed a debt I could not pay". It's an overwhelming debt that leads to a hopeless situation.
We are of course speaking of sin's debt. So many live in ignorance and denial of this debt but it is a debt that every single human must deal with now or later. In fact it is a far more serious situation than the national debt of any country or the personal financial debt of any individual. How we deal with this debt has eternal consequences.
But we are pleased to share today that the Holy Scriptures reveal a full payment has been made! It is in fact the very heart of the gospel (Good News).
"When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross." The certificate of debt has been canceled out. The stamp on the certificate of debt of the redeemed reads, "Paid In Full".
So how do we respond?
First we believe by placing our faith in Christ and receiving His free gift.
Then we declare verbally and through our life, "Jesus Paid It All, All to Him I Owe!" "In view of God’s mercy, we offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to Him, which is our spiritual act of worship" (See Romans 12:1).
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Jesus, thank You for solving my debt problem by dying on the cross for me. I owed a debt I couldn't pay but, because of Your great love for me, You paid in full the debt of my sins. You made me alive together with You, having forgiven me all my transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against me. Your love is so amazing and so divine that it demands my soul, my life, my all. In view of Your mercy, I offer my body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to You, which is my spiritual act of worship. Amen.
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Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Jesus Paid It All" Video Ivan Parker
"He Paid A Debt He Did Not Owe" Video Billy & Willie Pollard's Country Gospel TV Program (You know you're getting older when the music you recall as a young person is on a program called "Strolling Down Memory Lane")
For local readers: This coming Sunday evening (August 12) the Calvary Church choir and orchestra that Brooksyne sings in will be sharing music at the Mount Gretna Tabernacle at 7:00 PM with Pastor Beau preaching. This is part of the Mount Gretna Bible Festival. Mount Gretna is located here.
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