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Elijah is here

Hello, God has given me something in 1 Kings 18:8-9 which says,

“Yes,” he replied. “Go tell your master, ‘Elijah is here.'” “What have I done wrong,” asked Obadiah, “that you are handing your servant over to Ahab to be put to death?”

Basically Obadiah has met Elijah, and Obadiah is asking why Elijah is telling him to go tell his master (Ahab) that Elijah is here. Why is this so bad, well Obadiah later says that Ahab sent people in every nation to find Elijah, and they all said they could not find him, they swore they couldn’t find him, and if Obadiah comes to his master and says, ‘Hey master, I know you looked everywhere for him, but Elijah is here.” The master would surely kill him, even if he didn’t say those words exactly, so for Obadiah, this wasn’t looking to good.

How is this a picture of the gospel? Because Jesus died on the cross in our place, with all of our sins, and because He freed us from them, we can say, “What have I done wrong? Why should I be punished?” Because Jesus died for us, and because He took the punishment, we don’t have to. When Jesus died on the cross, with all of our sin, He made us holy, He was our substitute, He never made Himself “less holy” He only made us holy, He took on all of our sins at the cross.

For us this means that we can sin all we want right? Because Jesus died on the cross for us.

“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”

So we can’t sin all we want, okay, although we won’t obey that perfectly, we were baptised in Christ, we don’t need that sin any more, we don’t need that old self, we have put on a new self, in Jesus, Jesus died on the cross for us, and gave us His self, His perfect, sinless, holy, wonderful, mighty, self, and He is still perfect, sinless, holy, wonderful, and mighty, He just made us those things too, in God’s eyes, although we still sin, because Jesus died on the cross for us, we can go to heaven, because Jesus gave us His righteousness, and God sees us as perfect.


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