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God’s Love for us Saves us

Romans 3: 23-24 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

Notice the word ‘all’ in these two verses! The first ‘all’ talk about the worst of the human condition; we have all sinned. The second ‘all,’ however, points to the only solution to our sins and that is the grace that came to us through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross.

Just as sin came into the world through one man (Adam), our salvation also came to us through another man, Jesus Christ (the second Adam). When God made the first human being (Genesis 1: 26), he made him perfect in his image and likeness. It was God’s divine intent that this man would live in his presence forever. God clothed him with his glory and took him to the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2: 15). Adam was given clear instructions on what to do and not do and God gave him the exercise of free will. God also warned him of the consequences of any wrong decision or action. But Adam chose to disobey God, sin came into the world and all humanity was stained by sin.

Sin separated us from our holy Creator God and there was no way we could go back to him on our own. The only way was a sacrifice to atone for our sins but it must be offered by a sinless human being. God would never accept an animal sacrifice or one offered by a sinful human being. And through his love, he came into the world he created in human form through the person of his Son Jesus Christ (John 1: 14). He was obedient unto death and even death on the cross. Through his death, we can be reconciled with God. The redemptive power of his blood cleanses us from all sin (Hebrews 9: 22) and restores us back to the right relationship with God. This is the gospel!

We do not deserve to be saved but God’s love for us (John 3: 16) saves us from our sins and reconciles us with our eternal God. Our salvation has nothing to do with us but everything to do with God. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, and in Jesus Christ alone (Ephesians 2: 8). Take some time to thank God for this because you and I were on our way to hell and God came to our rescue. Hallelujah!



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