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Posted by Sa:ji:sdo:de (Member # 13749) on
-The Bible says that Christ was restored to life for our justification. (Rom 4:25)
The Greek word is dikaiosis (dik-ah'-yo-sis) which essentially means acquittal-- a legal term that can be roughly defined as the act of adjudicating that a person is not guilty. In other words: an acquittal is a legal declaration of innocence.
Though his crucifixion was sufficient to obtain forgiveness for people's sins; Christ's crucifixion alone wasn't sufficient to make people innocent. Though pardoned, people would have been stuck with their guilt for ever and ever.
This is a very crucial issue in the religion of Christianity and I believe the Devil knows it and that's why it's in his interests to convince people-- e.g. the Jehovah's Witnesses --that Christ's crucified body remains deceased.
†. 1Cor 15:17 . . And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!
Now the interesting thing about this is that Christ's believing followers are never actually innocent.
†. 1John 1:8-9 . . If we say we are without sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
However, His son's resurrection made it possible for God to adjudicate Jesus' believing followers innocent. In other words: they may never in this life be truly free of guilt; but by means of Christ's resurrection, their guilt is so effectively sanitized that God can legally, and justifiably, declare Christ's believing followers innocent for all time.
†. Heb 10:14 . . By one offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
Seeing as how God is the supreme court in all matters pertaining to sin, then in order for a prosecutor to make a charge stick against one of Christ's believing followers, the prosecutor would have to convince God that the accused is indeed guilty. Well; that would be very difficult seeing as how God has already ruled that Christ's believing followers are innocent for all time.
†. Rom 8:33 . . Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
So then; in order to adjudicate one of Christ's believing followers guilty, God would have to reverse Himself; and that is not likely to happen.
†. Rom 11:29 . . God's gifts, and His call, are irrevocable.
Therefore, through Christ's resurrection, I'm now a permanently acquitted man. In response to my God-granted perpetual innocence; I fully agree with the angel's announcement at Luke 2:10, that Christ's arrival certainly turned out-- at least for me anyway --to really be good news of great joy!
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