But the “good news” is that whatever God requires of us he also provides. And he has already provided salvation, that is, eternal life in his beloved Son Jesus. Therefore, we need not fret and worry ourselves into bad health; rather, we should be most grateful and rejoicing evermore for what God has already done on our behalf in Christ at Calvary. It was at Calvary where Jesus hung, bled, and died for us all, pleasing God paying the sin-debt for all humankind forever. Everything God requires of us he has provided in the person of Jesus Christ. We’re accepted in him. All of our sins, transgressions, and iniquities of the past, present, and future have already been covered, blotted out, forgiven, and nailed to the Cross at Calvary. Are you feeling me here? I hope this fact sinks deep within your heart, soul, spirit, and mind; so much so that you will commit and dedicate yourself to living in a manner that is pleasing and acceptable unto God, that is, if you haven’t already done so. Hell is too long and too hot to spend eternity there.
Jesus has done all it takes to make each of us holy, righteous, and perfect before God. All we need do by faith is to believe and receive what God has already provided in Christ. Here’s what is written in Ephesians 1:6-7, “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace (i.e., God’s unmerited favor toward mankind). Additionally, Psalms 32:1-2 says, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.” Ephesians 1:4 declares, “According as he (God) hath chosen us in him (Jesus) before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him (God) in love.” And 2nd Corinthians 5:21 tops it off like this, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
These are just a few scriptures all pointing to Jesus who took our sinful place making us holy, righteous, and perfect before God Almighty. Therefore, all true-believers are “Accepted In The Beloved.” Rejoice and give God the glory that’s due him! And give equal thanks to Jesus as well!
Gerald D. Tyler, an ordained elder with senior pastoral experience, has been a God-called practicing minister since 1977 teaching and preaching the salvation gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.