Grace For The Journey
In my Pastor’s Discovery Class that I teach to help new members and inquirers discover the truths about the Gospel, what the Christian life is all about, and what our church is all about I encourage everyone to read three Books of the Bible which help them in this discovery …
The Gospel of John – shows us clearly Who Jesus is and what He has done.
The letters of John – shows us very compellingly what Jesus can do for us and through us.
The book of Romans – contains marvelous truths about what our salvation should mean to us.
When you read the first three chapters of Romans, God shows us that there is no one on earth who can stand guiltless before a perfectly holy God. From our human perspective, the book of Job records the three most important questions that you and I must ask and have answered for us in this life:
“(1) How then can a man be righteous before God?
(2) How can one born of woman be pure?
(3) If even the moon is not bright and the stars are not pure in His eyes,How much less man, who is but a maggot – a son of man, who is only a worm! (Job 25:4-6)
Paul’s epistle to the Romans answers these question with stark clarity:
“As it is written, ‘There is none righteous, no not even one;
there is none who understands;
there is none who seeks after God.
They are all gone out of the way (All have turned away),
they have together become unprofitable;
there is none that does good,
no, not even one.” (Romans 3:11-12)
We are NOT righteous before God. Whether we think of ourselves as a “good,” moral person” or a “righteous” religious person, we stand before God unworthy and with nothing to place us in good standing with Him! The Bible says in Isaiah 64:6, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.”
There is nothing we can do, in our own strength, to make ourselves right or get ourselves in good standing before God. There is no amount of clean living, no amount of religious service, no amount of money we can contribute that will wipe the slate clean for us. Everyone of us have become worthless in His sight.
We are dead in our sins; we should be doomed and damned . . .
if not for Christ!
Apart from Him, we don’t even have eyes to see that He has provided the solution for us!
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 2:14, “But the natural man receives (accepts) not the things that come from the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know (understand) them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
Our precious Savior, our wonderful Redeemer, has done it all, or as the centuries’ old hymn says,
“Jesus Paid It All.”
- God graciously provides us with the only possible solution to our sin problem.
- God became a man to pay the purchase price for our redemption from sin and death.
- Jesus is our propitiation – it is He who fully and finally paid the price for all our sins.
- Because of His atoning work, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).
- God’s righteous wrath against our sins was completely poured out on Christ at Calvary.
- God gives us the faith to see this offer of salvation. It is not something we work out or work up to; it comes as a gracious gift from Him (Ephesians 2:8).
- God takes away all the charges of sin that stood against us – “Blotting out (cancelled) the handwriting of ordinances that was against us (stood opposed to us).” (Colossians 2:14).
Those stone tablets that Moses carried down from Mount Sinai almost 3,500 years ago had words that meant nothing but death for you and me; the perfect law of God painfully reveals our sinful state and carries a word of condemnation and a sentence of death that no human hand can erase or remove – only the nail-scarred hand of God can do that!
So . . . where do you stand today? Do you know that you can be righteous before holy God? You need only accept that truth that He has, in Christ, provided the perfect, eternal pardon for your sin. I plead with you, as a preacher of the Gospel and an ambassador of Christ: if you have not placed your trust in that truth, will you do so today?
This is God Word For Today …This is Grace for your Journey
… Rest & Rejoice In The Wonderful Truth!