I’m headed down to TMC next week to finish up my classes for the summer. I’ll be taking “NANC Certification” — which is a class that has you do all the work to — you guessed it — become NANC (National Association of Nouthetic Counselors) certified. A few weeks ago I had to turn in a first draft of the exam portion of the certification — which is compromised of 51 questions that all take 1/2 to 1 page to answer, but in reality there have been entire books written on the subject. For example, “Describe the trinity and defend your view from Scripture.”
“Alright. Sure, I’ll do that. You also might want to consult WAYNE GRUDEM.”
It was actually pretty encouraging because as I wrote out my answers, I realized that, while I hadn’t studied for this exam, I had a general idea of most of the answers to the questions. Apparently I haven’t been wasting the last 7 years of my life.
Anyways, I thought I would share this with you because it made me stop and worship Christ right then in the midst of writing my exam. This is just one sentence from my answer to one question.I got to read all these verses in one sitting. YES PLEASE.
What’s crazy is this doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what Christ did on the cross.
God has given His Son to die in our place as the ransom (Matthew 20:28; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 Peter 1:18-19), atonement (Psalm 65:3), and propitiation (Hebrews 2:7) of our sin and those who are saved by His blood receive forgiveness (Psalm 130:3-4; Acts 2:38, 5:31, 10:43; Ephesians 1:7), justification (Romans 3:24, 5:1, 5:9, 8:30, 10:10), righteousness (Romans 3:22, 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21) and life (John 3:16, 36, 6:40; Romans 5:21, 6:22-23).
“…Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:28
“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.” – 1 Timothy 2:5-6
“…knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” – 1 Peter 1: 18-19
“When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions.” – Psalm 65:3
“If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.” – Psalm 130:3-4
“And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'” – Acts 2:38
“God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.” – Acts 5:31
“To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” – Acts 10:43
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.” – Ephesians 1:7
“…and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…” – Romans 3:24
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Romans 5:1
“Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.” – Romans 5:9
“And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” – Romans 8:30
“For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” – Romans 10:10
“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.” Romans 3:21-22
“And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption…” – Romans 1:30
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” – John 3:36
“For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” – John 6:40
“…so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 5:21
“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:22-23