payments only to the person of my choice.” Well, I could say that, but then I would leave the dealership a pedestrian, not a new car owner. Any payment I make must be to satisfy the debt owed the manufacturer. The same is true spiritually. Those who think they can earn heaven by being good, kind and nice to people are attempting the impossible: they are attempting to satisfy a real debt against the Cosmic Creditor by paying dues to the wrong account.
Since the debt we owe is against God, he and he alone has the right to demand both payment and proper settlement. For those of us who believe the Biblical record, the holy God did just that by becoming man and assuming our debt. Jesus Christ paid the debt in full. When I accept that wonderful gift, he offers two wonderful transactions take place. First all my failures are legally transferred to Christ. Second, all of Christ’s righteousness is transferred to my account. Amazing. That is why the Bible refers to all believers as saints.
My prayer on this All Saints Day is that if you have not accepted Christ as your savior, you do so and become a member of the saints; become a member of God’s forever family.
Dr. John Pearrell is pastor of Gateway Community Church. Write him in care of the church at 11677 Brown Bridge Road Covington, GA 30016 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit the Gateway Web site at www.gatewaycommunity.org