What did Jesus do? (Romans 1:1-6)

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Romans 1:1-6

“If we seek strength, it lies in his dominion; if purity, in his conception; if gentleness, it appears in his birth. For by his birth he was made like us in all respects [Heb 2:17] that he might learn to feel our pain [cf. Heb 5:2]. If we seek redemption, it lies in his passion; if acquittal, in his condemnation; if remission of the curse, in his cross [Gal 3:13]; if satisfaction, in his sacrifice; if purification, in his blood; if reconciliation, in his descent to hell; if mortification of the flesh, in his tomb; if newness of life, in his resurrection; if immortality, in the same; if inheritance of the Heavenly Kingdom, in his entrance into heaven; if protection, if security, if abundant supply of all blessings, in his Kingdom; if untroubled expectation of judgement, in the power given to him to judge.” These are the words of the sixteenth century reformer John Calvin.

Jesus Christ is the fountainhead from which all the blessings of God flow to sinful humanity. He did what we were never able to do. He came down to earth, because we were never able to ascend to him. He lived the perfectly righteous life we were created to live but were never able to because of sin. He died to deliver us from death’s power, granting us eternal life and washing away our sin by his precious blood. He rose from the dead so that we can be sure that we receive all his benefits. He ascended to Heaven and took his seat at the right hand of the Father, so that we might know that we have a loving, just, righteous King reigning over us in Heaven. He will come again to usher in his majestic Kingdom in all its fullness. He will right all wrongs, establish justice, restore what was lost, remove all pain, heal all illness, and bless us with unhindered sweet communion with him for whom our hearts yearn.

What do Christians believe about Jesus Christ? We believe Jesus Christ is God incarnate, fully God and fully human. He was crucified for our sins, suffered death, and was buried. On the third day he rose from the grave and then ascended into Heaven. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and fully establish God’s Kingdom on earth, to which there will be no end.

Enter the Kingdom of your glorious King and bow to no other.

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