When we constantly base our salvation on what we would do or wouldn’t do, we’re always on the edge like someone constantly being in the cross-air of a Russian roulette, like someone constantly being called to defuse a bomb.
But when we base our salvation on what Christ has said and done, we live like someone who’s entirely off the hook. And that’s what we are, off the hook. Death was the fishing rod. The law was the hook. Sin was the bait. Our desires took us to the bait. The bait led us to death.
“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.” (1 Corinthians 15:56)
The law, the letter engraved on stones, leads to death.
“He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.”
But in Christ crucified, we died. In Christ raised from the dead, we were resurrected, not to be separated from God again, but to be joined with God, forever.
“So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” (John 8:36 NLT)
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)
“For in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2)
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.” (Galatians 5:1)
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s trespasses against them.” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
“Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.” (Romans 4:8)
“as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12)
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” (Ephesians 1:7)