As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
What are some words that come to mind when you think of a dead person? Lifelessness? The end? Maybe even powerlessness? What would you say to someone if they came up to you and told you that you were dead? I imagine that anyone, particularly the youth that still feel indestructible, would call them crazy. But that is exactly what we are: dead.
Although it is hard to hear, the Law is a vital part to our walk with God. Without the Law, there would be no need for the Gospel. We need to fully understand the gravity of our situation without grace.
Sin totally consumes us. It’s easy to say “well, at least I’m not as bad as that person,” or “I have good morals and try my best.” Paul tells us in these words that our best is not enough. Even our habitual sins of speeding, thinking or saying God’s name in vain, selfishness and others that seem small to us, make us completely dead in God’s eyes. We only deserve God’s wrath and punishment!
This is where that beautiful Gospel comes in. Though we are deserving of God’s wrath, John 3:16 tells us that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have eternal life.”
Thanks be to God for his undeserved love! Salvation is ours through the blood of his son, Jesus Christ!
Christian Worship 304
Jesus Sinners Does Receive
Jesus sinners does receive;
Oh, may all this saying ponder
Who in sin’s delusions live
And from God and heaven wander.
Here is hope for all who grieve –
Jesus sinners does receive.
Heavenly Father, I know that because of sin, I am only deserving of death and punishment. Help me to use these strong words of your Law as a reminder of my need for your grace. Amen.
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