Scripture Reading: Romans 5:6-11
“But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
Take a moment and read verses six through eleven carefully. Notice how human beings apart from God are described — weak, ungodly, sinners and enemies. This the the nature with which all human beings are born. We inherited this nature from our first father Adam (5:12). BUT GOD came to our rescue!
“For while we were still weak at the right time Christ died for the ungodly” (v. 6). While we were weak and ungodly, underserving of anything from God, Christ came and died for us. God came in the flesh to give His life for unworthy, undeserving, ungodly human beings. BUT GOD!
“But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (v. 8). God acted. God first loved us — “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (I John 4:10). BUT GOD!
“For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we hare reconciled, shall we be saved from His wrath” (v. 10). At one time we were hostile to God; we were His enemies. We were separated from Him, living in opposition to Him and facing His wrath. BUT GOD acted and sent His Son to reconcile us to God. Jesus made this possible — “More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation” (v. 11).
We must never forget what God has done for us. At one time, we were weak, ungodly, sinners and enemies of God. BUT GOD! God acted. God came after us — “He has RESCUED us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13,14). God chose to love us in our sinful, hostile state and sent Jesus to reconcile us to Himself.
Lord God, what precious words these are — “BUT GOD!” Thank You that You did not leave me in the domain of darkness. You came to rescue me from it and to transfer me into the Kingdom of Your beloved Son. You loved me when I was Your enemy, hostile to You. You sent Jesus to save me and to reconcile me to Yourself.
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