In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.
Ephesians 1:7 NIV
Years ago, I had a conversation with someone about offensive words found in scripture. I am not talking about unwholesome language, but words like sin, death, crucifixion, hell and the blood.
Some congregations had postulated that cultured people are offended by the graphic nature of these words, and a more diluted and sanitized gospel began to emerge.
All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We are all aware of our sin, whatever we choose to call it. We feel its weight and desperation.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His [God’s] grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Romans 3:23-24 NKJV
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We are saved by the death of the sinless Son of God, who died as the sacrifice for sin. We are saved by Jesus Christ’s blood that was poured out for you and for me—the love of God that endured scourging, insult, and abandonment by the very ones He gave His life to save.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The enemy hates the blood of Christ. The mere mention reminds him of his impending demise. To dilute the truth plays into his plan to silence the hope that calls out to us from the blood and the empty tomb.
We are saved by Jesus Christ’s blood that was poured out for you and for me—the love of God that endured scourging, insult and abandonment by the very ones He gave His life to save.
~Julie Souzo Bradley Lilly
The Gospel does offend, beloved. Its beautiful brutality is offensive to those who are still in love with their sin. But for those suffocating in their sin, those who are desperate for rescue and devoid of hope, it is the breath of life and an extended, nail-scarred hand that reaches out to snatch them from hell.
I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.
Share your salvation experience.
Father, we decline any impotent gospel. Bring us back to Your complete and unvarnished truth. We embrace the work of the cross and the blood of Christ that saves us. Send us to the four corners of the Earth to spread the good news in its entirety. May we leave nothing out and no one behind. In Jesus’ Name, amen. ❤️
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JULIE SOUZA BRADLEY LILLY
Julie Souza Bradley Lilly is the writer of Prayers of a Ragamuffin Warrior, a self-professed chief cooks and bottle washers at Gift of Thorns on Facebook.
When asked about who she is, Julie is quick to tell you that she is a worshipper, a servant, blessed wife, step-mom of four adult children, caregiver, retired chiropractor, writer and most importantly, a forgiven daughter of God.
With thirty-plus years in healthcare, Julie is passionate about seeing the broken come to receive healing and find wholeness in right-relationship with the Creator. Through her own multiple injuries, PTSD, a traumatic brain injury and other health concerns, she has found the generosity of God to be true to His Word, in turning all things together for the good, for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
For those entrusted with a thorn in the flesh, it is one of Julie’s greatest joys to see the discovery of the treasure the Father hides tucked in among the thorns. Julie shares that God is good and His mercies endure forever!
It is Julie’s prayer that the body of believers will honor the Lord and encourage one another toward wholeness, spiritual growth and mountain-moving faith.
Julie is grateful for the privilege of being a servant writer at VineWords. She is a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships.
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