Rev 2:17 KJV – He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
As those who have trusted in Christ as our Savior, although we are guilty of many heinous sins against God, we are declared innocent of our sins. This wonderful act of God’s mercy is symbolized by the receipt of the white stone, which was a public declaration of release from guilt or debt. (For more on this white stone and its symbolism, please see the Bible study link at the bottom of this devotional.)
Throughout God’s Word, this acquittal (declaration of innocence) is described by the word “justification”. Listen to what the Bible teaches us about the justification of God’s people…
Rom 4:24-25 KJV – “But for us also, to whom it ( righteousness) shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.”
Folks, stop and think about it… we are told in this verse that our justification is related to two events that took place in the life of Christ…
- “Who was delivered” – Christ was delivered into the hands of sinful mankind, He was falsely accused, abused, put to public shame, unjustly punished, experienced separated from the Father, shed His blood and died on the cross. He submitted to all of this, willingly, so that His people might be delivered from their sins (Isaiah 53:5-6).
- “Who… was raised again” – Following His death, three days later, Christ arose from the dead. This resurrection publically testified that His work was sufficient to secure the justification of His people.
How can we know with absolute certainty that we are justified (declared innocent of our sins)? We can know this by the resurrection of Christ. As we see Christ coming out of the tomb, we can know that His sacrifice had been accepted by God, He had satisfied the sin debt of His people, and had accomplished the work He had been given to do. It is through His resurrection that we have the faith and hope in out eternal deliverance from sins at the hand of Almighty God (1 Peter 1:18-21).
As we begin our day for Christ, may we all have thankful hearts… Christ willingly suffered and shed His blood so that we might be declared innocent from our sins. And then, let us all be thankful that He arose from the dead, proving to us that He accomplished our justification through His great sacrifice on our behalf.
May we not allow anything to discourage us this day… we can know without doubt, if we have trusted in Him as our Savior, that in His resurrection we have proof that He has secured the deliverance from our sins. We are forgiven, we are secure in His hands, we are headed for eternal glory in His presence, and NOTHING can separate us from His love…
Rom 8:35-39 KJV – “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
How can we know these things? He died on the cross and then arose from the dead. He accomplished that which He set out to do. He has saved us from our sins!
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
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