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A Savior for Sinners

January 15, 2018

God’s evaluation of humanity is disastrous. God does not look at the world today and marvel at how enlightened, progressive, loving, accepting and tolerant humanity has become. God looks at the world and says, “They are all gone aside. They are all together become filthy. There is none that does good, no, not one.” (Psalm 14:3)

Man looks at himself and imagines that he is good. All his little foibles and mistakes do not mean a person is a sinner deserving eternal judgment. Man is a flawed creature but he is really doing the best he can. Most people aren’t as good as Mother Theresa, but they are much better than Hitler so they must be pretty. Is that the standard? Is goodness the failure to murder millions of people? Is goodness not murdering the irritating guy next door? Is goodness measured on a sliding scale, with only the very worst of humanity being declared bad?

The Divine standard is perfection. Doing a good deed every so often does not make man good. Not doing all the bad things he wants to do does not make a person good. The Bible judges humanity as completely corrupt. No amount of human good can remedy man’s corruption. “They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” (Psalm 14:1)

Man must be condemned if man is to saved. Psalm 14:1-6 lays upon humanity a horrible burden of guilt, shame and condemnation, but- and this is a marvelously wonderful conjunction- God has promised One who will forgive our sin and remove our condemnation. God knows the full depravity of sin, but in His mercy He provided a substitute to take the punishment, a covering to hide the shame and a remedy to remove the sin. Men do not have to hide from the face of God. No one has to live in fear of God’s wrath. None need tremble before the judgment of God. Though “it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” God has promised, “their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”

For those who have run to Him for mercy and forgiveness, the promise of God is a source of great joy. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13) The guilt of sin, the shame of guilt and the condemnation of sin is taken away. God will never punish those who run to Him for pardon. God has punished another and the judgment has been paid. Rejoice! God has given to sinners a Savior.


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