Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 25, 2018

“For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God”

Today’s devotion is a special Christmas devotion which comes from a “Letter to Harry” written on December 18, 1995 which I later re-titled and put in the “Gold Mining” format:  “GOLD MINE 34:  CHRIST BRINGS US TO GOD”.  I have edited it slightly.

“For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit”. 1 Peter 3:18.

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How wonderful a Christmas message:  Christ bringing us to God!!!

I thought of some ways Christ brought us to God, and there are other ways:

First, Christ brought us to God by coming to earth to be our Immanuel, “GOD WITH US”.  Matthew 1:23.

Second, Christ brought us to God by taking on flesh and dwelling with us:  “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  John 1:14.

Third, Christ brought us to God by His sacrificial death.  “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, …”  1 Peter 3:18.

Fourth, Christ brought us to God by sending us the Holy Spirit to indwell us.  See for example John 14:16 & 26, John 16:7 & 13-15;  and Acts 1:8.

Fifth, Christ brought us to God by making us God’s children.  “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,”  John 1:12.

Sixth, Christ brought us to God by giving us the glory which God gave Christ and perfecting us in unity with God and each other.

“And the glory which Thou hast given Me I have given to them;  that they may be one, just as We are one;  I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, that the world may know that Thou didst send Me, and didst love them, even as Thou didst love Me.”  John 17: 22-23.

Seventh, Christ brought us to God by giving us eternal life to dwell with God forever.  “Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”  John 6:27.

“Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”  Psalm 32:6.

“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places;  if it were not so, I would have told you;  for I go to prepare a place for you.  If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”  John 14:2-3.


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