Romans 3:24 (ESV)
And are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
In London there are about three kinds of maps: the street map, the map depicting throughways, and the underground map of the subway. Each map is accurate and correct, but each map does not give the complete picture. To see the whole, the three maps must be printed one on top of each other. However, that is often confusing, so the use of only one 'layer' at a time is much easier.
It is the same with the words used to describe the death of Jesus Christ. Each word, like redemption, reconciliation, or justification, is accurate and correct, but each word does not give the complete picture. To see the whole we need to place one 'layer' one top of the other, but that is sometimes confusing--we cannot see the trees for the whole! So we separate out each splendid concept and discover that the whole is more than the sum of its parts.
Dear Lord, we thank You that we can have redemption, reconciliation and justification because of what You did for us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.
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