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Spiritual Debt

08.20.17 | Bulletin Article | by J.M. Scott

    He would want me to remind you…

    Reuters News reports:

    A 59-year old woman from the central Chinese city of Wuhan transformed her appearance through plastic surgery in order to avoid 25 million yuan (around $4.6 million) of personal debts, state news agency Xinhua said.

    In a case highlighting the challenges facing China as it tries to establish a “credit society,” police officers were reported to be “astonished” after apprehending the woman, who fled to the southeastern Chinese city of Shenzhen after a court in Wuhan ordered her to pay off her debt.

    “We were very surprised at the scene,” the official Xinhua news agency quoted a policeman as saying. “She looked in her thirties and was different from the photos we had.”

    The woman, identified as Zhu Najuan, also confessed to using other people’s identity cards to travel across the country by train. She financed her plastic surgery using borrowed bank cards, Xinhua said late on Friday.

    Some people seem to think that if they just change themselves, they can escape the responsibility of their past. But if our financial debt remains our debt until it’s been paid, so much more our spiritual debt. No matter how we reform our behavior, our past transgression must be paid, either by us or by Christ.

    “He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.” [Colossians 2:14] 

    When Jesus Christ went to the cross, Scripture says that He gave His life as a “ransom” and as “propitiation” for our sins.  He is the payment for our sins, and not only for our sins, but also for the sins of the whole world. [1 John 2:2]  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.  [Mark 10:45; Matthew 20:28]

    A little boy was standing before a window in which were numerous pictures, and in the center was a picture of Jesus on the cross. The little fellow on the street was looking at that center picture. A kindly man came by and, placing his hand on the shoulder of the boy, said, “Son, what are you looking at?” The little boy, almost unconsciously, started to describe the picture of the Lord Jesus and the sadness of the cross. “They nailed Him to the cross, they crucified Him, they killed Him, and He died.” The man walked off. The little boy suddenly became aware that the visitor had walked away. The boy said, “Say, mister, wait up!” He ran and caught up with the man and said, “Say, mister - He rose from the dead! He rose from the dead!

    No outward, physical change will pay you sin debt. Only the gospel can do that. Jesus was crucified for our sins, He was delivered for our offenses, but He was raised from the dead by the power of God. That is the gospel Paul preached. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he’s a new creature. [II Corinthians 5:17

    He would want me to remind you. Think about it. Amen.