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There is a new blog in town…We Do Not Lose Heart…check it out! This is Joshua’s second post, and it’s a good one.🙂 ~AGM †

 

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Mankind, God’s handcrafted and perfect creation. Adam and Eve created in God’s likeness (Gen 1:27-28). Given one command, they disobeyed and brought sin into the world, but no big deal, we’re still good. After all, God still found favor in Noah, right? (Gen 6:8) how could He see us as corrupt, if He finds favor in Noah? Fast forward a bit, and we get Immanuel (God with us; Matthew 1:23) Jesus Christ (second member of the trinity), to clean us up a little bit and make us a little bit better. God had to have found us good enough to send His Son to die for us right? So Christ died on the cross for our sins and resurrected three days later. Previously, He promised to send us a Helper (Holy Spirit, third member of the trinity), that’s how good we are! He would even send The Spirit down to be with us. Wow, we are good!

Ears tickled yet? Give me a minute..

 

Mankind, wretched sinners worthy of death alone. Created in God’s image (Gen 1:26), Adam and Eve, dwelled perfectly in the Garden of Eden (Gen 2:8). Given one command,  they couldn’t obey it, thus bringing sin into the world (Gen. 3:7). Think we’re still good? Keep reading chapter 3. Our intentions are CONTINUOUSLY EVIL (Gen. 6:5), we grieved God’s heart to the point that he regretted creating man on earth (Gen. 6:6). He even decided to blot out man and creation, for He felt sorry that He created them (Gen 6:7), but He found favor in Noah (Gen 6:8). With His decision He decided to wipe out the earth, but made a covenant with Noah. Good people deserved to wiped out right? No, they were evil, and filled the earth with evil, it was only by God’s grace that he found favor in Noah (Gen. 6:11-22). God knew He needed to send a Savior, to bear our sins and bring us back to Him (Isaiah 53), for His glory alone, not because we are good, for our good works are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). Christ came and bore our sins and took the penalty that us, wretched sinners, deserved. He stepped in, and took our place on the cross, to bring us back into relation with Him. Now, when He left, we still couldn’t do it on our own, for we would probably fall off the path and go back to our old ways, so He promised us a Helper (John 14:15-31).

 

We are wretched sinners who have fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23) we are deserving of death. We have wronged and sinned against a Holy and Perfect God. Even Paul considers himself a wretched man (Rom. 7:24), but praise be to God for His son Jesus Christ who delivers us from our sin (Rom. 7:24). Through Christ alone, faith alone, and grace alone, are we saved, and it was not because of our own works (Eph. 2:1-10). We are now covered by the blood of the Son (Eph. 2:13) and God no longer sees us, but His son in whom he is well pleased (Mark 1:11).

 Now through Christ we are reconciled with God (2 Corinthians 5:18-20) sanctified (Hebrews 13:12) and prepared for every good work (Hebrews 13:20-21). Only through Christ are we made good.

Beloved, stand firm, do not let your ears be tickled, for this salvation is not because you are good or completed works of righteousness, but because God was rich in His mercy and bestowed His grace upon us (Eph. 2:8), so now we are prepared for good works (Eph. 2:10). Do not rip God of His glory! Soli Deo Gloria!

“The false convert and the hypocrite is clean in his own eyes and knows nothing of the battle which the true believer fights against sin.” – Paul Washer

 

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