March 27, 2013

What you could not do, Jesus did for you

I have been leading a small group bible study through the book of Galatians on Wednesday nights and at the end of last week's study there was a statement asking participants to list what Jesus has done for us that we could not do for ourselves.

Last week, we had observed our study of chapter two of Paul's letter that he had severely criticized Peter for his conduct that was not in step with the Gospel.  He then proceeded to explain and remind Peter, as well as everyone else that no person, in any way can be justified before God by the works of the Law and concludes verse 21 saying, "for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose."  (Galatians 2:21, ESV)

So last night, as I was finishing my notes for tonight's study of Galatians 3:15-29, I went back to this statement that was at the end of our previous  study and decided to make a short list of things that Jesus has done for me that I could not do for myself.

So I began to search through the pages of the New Testament to find just a few of those things that Jesus did for me and I'm sure this list would grow quite long too, but I'd feel and cherish incredibly more grateful to God, for Jesus' death on the cross - for me.

The most obvious one to me was that Jesus has given me eternal life by being born again by the Spirit of God.  (John 3:5,7,16; 5:24)  This is certainly something I could never have accomplished on my own and no one can live eternally without Christ.

So here are 11 more that I found and then stopped because it was getting late:
  1. He has forgiven my sins because I have believed in Him, Acts 10:43
  2. He has made me a new creation, 2 Corinthians 5:17
  3. He has given me the ministry of reconciliation, 2 Corinthians 5:18
  4. He has not counted my sins against me, but against Himself, for me, 2 Corinthians 5:19
  5. He has made me an ambassador of the Gospel, 2 Corinthians 5:20
  6. He became sin for my sake, 2 Corinthians 5:21
  7. He has made me the righteousness of God, 2 Corinthians 5:21
  8. He has made me adopted by God, Ephesians 1:5
  9. He has redeemed me through His blood, Ephesians 1:7
  10. He has sealed me with the promised Holy Spirit, the guarantee of my inheritance, Ephesians 1:13 
  11. He delivered me from the domain of darkness and transferred me to the kingdom of Christ, in whom I have redemption and the forgiveness of sins, Colossians 1:14
What else from Scripture would you add, to say that Jesus has done for you that you could not do for yourself?

I think I'm going to read through the New Testament some more and see how long the list would get, to see what I am incapable to do without Christ.  How about you?

Pastor Kurt

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