People often do not see the work of Christ in His perfect life of obedience and His death on the cross in payment for sins as applicable to them. They need an additional work of God. Signing all the papers for a new home is not enough. The buyer must take occupancy.
God does both. He outwardly and objectively accomplishes salvation through Jesus Christ. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). If we walk by the demonstration like an uninteresting exhibit in a museum, we state, however unintentionally, “This stuff does not apply to me.”
God also takes occupancy of our lives. Romans 5:5 describes this move. “The love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” It is one thing to observe God’s salvation at arm’s length, to know God’s love portrayed. It is quite another thing to have an experimental acquaintance with God’s love by the Holy Spirit poured into our hearts.
We understand God’s love portrayed by reading the stories of Jesus in the Bible. God uses these stories to change our hearts. “You have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God” (1 Peter 1:23).
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