Today we take a look at the climax of Paul’s speech in Antioch from Acts 13, to meditate on two amazing blessings we can have through Christ:
“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.”
So what are the two things that Paul says we can now have through Jesus?
- “Forgiveness of sins” - Spend some time considering the sins you know about in your life–make a mental or actual list. Now dwell on the fact that they are all forgiven through Jesus. Completely forgiven.
- “Freedom” — being set free from sin, released from the power and control of sin. Consider how unable we are to obey God on our own; think about our continual return to sin; remember the way our hearts produce evil. Now dwell on the fact that through Jesus we are freed from sin. We will continue to fight against it, but its controlling power has gone.
These wonderful blessings are both ‘through Jesus’ and they are given to whoever believes.
Based on an extract taken from Explore Daily Bible Reading Notes.