1 Peter 3:18: He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.

1 Peter 3:18 NIV

Jesus suffered so that we could live forever in His kingdom.  He laid down His life so that we could be free.  He went through a gruesome death so that our sins could be forgiven.  So many times we may take this for granted, but daily we must go before the Lord in thanksgiving for all He has done for us.

We have done nothing to earn salvation but are simply saved by the grace of God.  Once we come to Christ we are called to grow in our relationship with Him.  We are called to grow in holiness and in the character and nature of Christ.  The Lord desires to transform us from the inside out, but it requires us to draw near each day through prayer and the study of His word.

It is the study of God’s word that transforms our lives.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit our lives are literal transformed.  For in Christ we are a new creation and as we draw near and abide in Him our lives are transformed.  Before we come to Christ our lives are mired in sin and unrighteousness.  Once we come to Christ our sins are forgiven and we are declared righteous.  May we stand daily upon the righteousness of Christ and draw near with our whole hearts.

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