I’m Dying to Live
The last few weeks, I have had some amazing conversations with people at Riv and they all, in one way or another, have to do with the topic we hit this week: Justification (a fancy word that means “to pronounce not guilty and not worthy of punishment.”
I stood with one woman in the lobby at our Holt Venue and prayed with her as she gave her life to Jesus (she headed right upstairs to our baptism class). I received email from the granddaughter of an abusive drug addict who brought her grandpa to church and he realized for the first time in his life that he is not beyond salvation. I talked with several people who were at Riv for the first time this weekend and were seriously blown away at the truth of the Gospel.
When we really truly grasp the immensity of what Jesus did for us on the cross, it changes everything. Like the great theologian John Stott said:
“Justification is not legal fiction, in which a man’s status is changed, while his character is left untouched…our justification takes place when we are united to Christ by faith. And someone who is united to Christ is never the same person again. Instead, he is changed. It is not just his standing before God which has changed; it is he himself–radically, permanently changed. To talk of his going back to the old life, and even sinning as he pleases, is frankly impossible. He has become a new creation and has begun a new life.”