Talk About Your Freedom!!
Read Ephesians Chapter 2
Eph 2:11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in His flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace……
I know, Paul wrote these words in reference to the Gentiles and how they have been reconciled to Christ. He explained that at one time the Gentiles were excluded from the promises of the Israelites, but that barrier had been broken down. I cannot help but take the principle here and see its similarity to our situation as SSA men and women. Many of the truths of God’s word apply to other situations. What Paul described here is equally applicable to you and me.
We were called uncircumcised – What group of people have been more ostracized as outcasts than those who are same-sex attracted?
We were separated from Christ, and God – We only need to read the Old Testament to see the truth in that statement.
We were excluded from citizenship in God’s community – Did I read somewhere that we were subject to stoning?
We were without hope and without God – There is no evidence of any possible hope for SSA men and women in the Old Testament.
But now, we who were once far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ – (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
1Co 6:9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
He Himself is our peace – (See above).
Christ has taken down the barrier which existed between God and any homosexual who has believed in Him and submitted to His truth. There is no longer hostility between God and Christian SSA men and women. How did this come about? How has this miracle been accomplished? Verse 15 gives us our answer, and the promise we can rely on for all eternity.
By abolishing in His flesh the law with its commandments and regulations – No longer are we outcast in His eyes. No longer does He require His people to stone us to death. We are welcome in the community of believers.
We are not to be pitied. We are not to moan and groan over the difficulties we face in resisting SSA temptations. No longer are we to hold our self-pity parties. We belong to the Kingdom of God. We have an eternal heritance as brothers of Christ. We are children of the King! Praise our loving, forgiving Lord!!
Prayer: Oh Father, thank You for abolishing all the barriers which once separated us from You and all hope. Thank You for providing Your Son to be the substitutionary sacrifice for our transgressions. Forgive us for all of our complaining and whining. Amen.