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Rags to riches on the cross: IT IS WRITTEN

09/08/2022

Rags to riches on the cross: IT IS WRITTENBecause of the incomparable love of God on the cross, our filthy rags have been removed and we have instead been clothed with garments of righteousness.

by Sue Le Marquand

09-08-2022 12:22

in Christian Connect

Jesus paid it all on the cross as we obey Him, Satan no longer has the legal right to accuse us, and instead He charges us to reign with Him.

The Cross means that not only has God forgiven our sin, but He has also imputed righteousness to us!

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Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him 3Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel.4The angel said to those who were standing before him, Take off his filthy clothes. Then he said to Joshua, See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put fine garments on you. 5 Then I said, Put a clean turban on his head. So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the LORD stood by.6 The angel of the LORD gave this charge to Joshua: 7 This is what the LORD Almighty says: If you will walk in obedience to me and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here.

Zechariah 3: 1,3-7 (NIV) Because of the incomparable, unfathomable love of the Lord God almighty, our filthy rags have been removed and we have instead been clothed with garments of righteousness. As we obey Him, Satan no longer has the legal right to accuse us, and instead He charges us to reign with Him (2 Timothy 2:12).

Because of His grace, mercy, and forgiveness, we are not only in right standing with the Living God, but we are exhorted to become holy - just as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).

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The Cross, the ultimate show of love If we could only understand the magnitude of the gift that has been given to us! It is such a joy to know God, to know His character, to know who He is and what He likes - but He invites us much deeper still. Don't stop there!

It is like a husband and wife who work in different cities: though they love each other, they never get to eat a meal together. Jesus says: Behold, I stand at the door and knock open the door and I will come into you and dine with you (Revelation 3:30).

Come, sit, and eat with Him! As you break bread with Him, you get to partake of His divine nature; His identity; His power and His authority.

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Feel His presence,

Know His love,

Hear His voice

Only as we feast at His banqueting table of divine love, will we be able to love others out of the overflow of our hearts.

Embrace His love and deep enjoyment of you. Let Him thrill you as you fellowship with Him. Experience deep intimacy (Into Me You See) with Him. Rejoice in the fact that He has made you a new creation - the old has gone! God has cut a new covenant with you. All that He is, He offers you. Align your thoughts with His as you hungrily seek His truth and start living differently.

You are your Father's delight - with all your perfect imperfections. You were made purposefully imperfect because He alone is the missing puzzle piece that completes you!

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) Let us cease from our futile strivings and failings and come boldly to His throne of grace - just as we are! He removes our filthy rags and instead, imparts His divine nature to us.

3His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

2 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV) Only He can turn a pauper into a Princess: a commoner into a King! Surrender fully to Him.

PRAYER Open our eyes to see dear Lord! Give us a glimpse of your glory. Help us to encounter you in a way that will change us forever.

We long to see you in all your splendor and majesty. We long for the deep intimacy with you that we were created for. Show us how we pray.

In your name Lord Jesus - come!

Amen

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