Friday, February 3, 2017
God loves His people. Christ redeemed His elect from before the foundation of the world. The Great Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 5:6 "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly."
The one thing we get from this text is that before our conversion we were helpless in every way. We had no power to obey God or keep his commandments. We see some lost people who are highly religious, they have an outward form of Godliness, but inwardly their motives are stained with sin.
The Bible is crystal clear that man in his natural state is separated from God by his very nature...theologically speaking, man before conversion is in Adam, and in Adam man is an enemy of God, and under God's judgement.
The Romans text gives us a bad and a good. The first half is that man in his lost condition is weak and helpless. There is nothing man can do to be right with God, no religious works will suffice. The second half of the verse tells us that Christ died for the ungodly.
The key in the second clause of the text is that Christ died...this is now the heart of the gospel. Man is in a bad way, he's estranged from God, but God provided a means of reconciliation, His very Son. God in His Son provided atonement for the sins of those who will believe.
The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Man needs a Savior, and the mission and calling of the Church is to proclaim this message without apology in the full power of the Holy Spirit.
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