Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Verse for Today - Romans 5:6-8 (click to read Mini-blog)
"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Read all of Romans 5
Parts of the first 11 chapters of Romans are pretty intense. Romans 5 would certainly be included in this. Understanding the severe affect of the Fall and its consequences in the hearts and minds of men is essential.
Today's verses are pretty clear on the affect of sin on our spiritual selves. We are called "powerless." In Ephesians 2:1-3 we are called "dead in sins" and "children of wrath." All of which indicate the desperate and dark condition of the human heart. None of this is new. Before and after the Flood, the assessment of mankind was "only evil all the time" and the Prophet Jeremiah proclaims that the heart is "deceitful above all things" and "desperately wicked" (Jeremiah 17:9).
All this provides the amazing back drop for God's grace in the Gospel: "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
If you can see your sin, look to the Savior.