Since all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23) and the soul that sins shall die (Ezekiel 18:4,20) for the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), each one of us as sinners NEED Jesus who died in our place – the dead Jesus.
And when we have acknowledged our need for the resurrected Jesus and when we believe in his Name as the only means to our salvation, our sins are remitted and we are transformed from sinners to saints, being sanctified by his blood, and as saints we NEED Jesus to live within us – the living Jesus.
It isPoints to ponder:
Sinners need the dying Jesus. Saints need the living Jesus.
Have you acknowledged your need for the Jesus who died in your place and believed in his Name? If not, delay no further.
If you have believed, can you say, truly say, that the resurrected and living Jesus lives within you? Can we say, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ Jesus that lives in me?”
Romans 3:23 (KJV)
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Ezekiel 18:20-24 (KJV)
20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.
21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him: in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.
23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?
24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.
Romand 6:22-23 (KJV)
22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.