If you are practising any of the above behaviors, then the law is for you! It is the teacher that shows that you are condemned by your actions and lack of faith. “But aren’t we all like that to one degree or another?” Unfortuneatley, yes. It because we have all violated this Holy Law that we are all justly condemned by God. But God was not satisfied with condemning us. “I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked” and “God desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.” How could God, who loves us and desires us to be saved and be adopted into His family, forgive us without violating His own holiness? He couldn’t just call us all saved without punishment. The devil would be in His face accusing God of being unjust for throwing the devil out of heaven. How could God fogive rebellious humans, yet still condemn the devil and the fallen angels?
God’s plan, announced at the fall in Genesis 3, was to send a Savior who could justly bear the punishment. Philippians 3 describes how the Son of God laid aside His power and status as God and became a lowly man. He walked among us, experiencing every temptation, every trial, every hardship that we could face, yet never, not once, violated the Holy Law of God. He was perfect. Then He did the unthinkable. He allowed Himself to put to death as a sinner, though He was harmless and innocent. Jesus, on that cross, was bearing your sins and mine. Payment in full for the sins of the world was made on that day. “It is finished” Jesus said. At His death, the veil in the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom, showing that way in to fellowship with God had been opened to all.
After He ascended, He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in us and embue us with power to life a holy life. He gives us His righteousness and right standing before God. What price must we pay to receive this gift?
Mark 16 says, “He that believes and is baptised will be saved. He that does not believe will be condemned.” It is by grace, through faith, not by works.
Will you receive this gift today? Or did Christ die in vain for you?