The Walk: Week 1 Day 3 “Relationship With Jesus Is Rooted In The Gospel.”

Week 1 Day 3

In our first study of “The Walk” we saw that it was after Peter affirmed his love for Jesus that Jesus said to Peter: “Follow me”. In the story of the woman at Simon’s house the thing Jesus focuses on is her love for him. True discipleship is always deeply relational. So it is important to understand that the gospel is the good news of what God has done to restore our relationship with him. The result of what he has done is not just that a debt has been paid but that a relationship has been restored.

Take a moment to read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

What key relational or relationship word appears several times in these verses?
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How many positive benefits can you identify from this passage as true for anyone who is “in Christ”?
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According to Ephesians 1:13, how does a person come to be “in Christ”?

Ephesians 1:13  And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.
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2 Corinthians 5:19 says, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. (That’s forgiveness) But notice that forgiveness is for the purpose of reconciliation. Verse 21 tells us how God reconciles us to himself. It says, God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. God made Jesus, who was himself sinless, to be the one who would be treated as if he had committed every sin ever committed by everyone who would ever believe in Him. God treated Jesus on the cross as if he had lived my life and God condemned him in my place. God then chooses to treat me as if I had lived Jesus’ life. This is much more than my debt cancelled. This means God chooses to see you, in Christ, as just as righteous as Jesus himself.

Reconciliation is an important part of the gospel to understand because our hearts are made for relationship with God. Our relationship with God was broken through our sin. All our hang-ups, hurts and addictions are tied into this deeper issue of our broken relationship to God that shows up in life as an emptiness that haunts us and a hunger we try to satisfy with all kinds of things that don’t work because your were made for God. At the same time that we are living this futile life trying to fill the emptiness, we are piling up spiritual indebtedness to God for our constant sins. We are forfeiting his strengthening presence while at the same time provoking his righteous judgment. It is into that context that the good news comes. What he offers us in the gospel is not only an escape from his judgment but a way back to him. The promise of the gospel is about more than escaping hell. In fact, in most places where Jesus talks to people and offers the gospel he doesn’t emphasize himself as a ticket out of hell. He offers himself as the water and bread of life and he offers rest for the weary and redemption for the enslaved and he offers reconciliation, oneness and relationship with God and fullness of life. What Christ offers in the gospel is not less than deliverance from damnation but so much more! 1 Peter 3:18 says, For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. On the cross he paid the debt you cannot pay, not so that you would go your own way relieved that you have escaped judgment at the end of history, but so you can be free to live in relationship with him. He sets you free so that you can come to him like the woman in this story, whose burden was lifted and who loved and worshiped Jesus for it.

Continue reading the Bible. Keep reading the gospel of John. Write down your questions, thoughts and insights as you read. Don’t forget to review your memory verses also. ____________________________________________________________________________________
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~ by Larry Kirk on January 21, 2012.

One Response to “The Walk: Week 1 Day 3 “Relationship With Jesus Is Rooted In The Gospel.””

  1. Very good information and study in week one “The Walk.” Enjoyed this very much! Looking forward to week two!

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