When Paul wrote this letter, he remembered how lost he was – that he lived in darkness. Paul wanted His readers to remember how lost they were without Christ. And in this passage, he wanted his readers to know how Christ came through for us in our most desperate moment to do for us what we could never do for ourselves and what we will never deserve to have done for us.
We have all inherited a futile way of life from our ancestors. People live for money, or sex, or fame, or power and find it to be empty. But Paul says, “In Christ we have redemption through His blood.” He purchased us from this life of futility.
In the ancient world, life was controlled by capricious gods. You never knew what they were going to do. But Paul has something very different to say about the God revealed in the Bible that is a comfort and joy to our hearts.
When we see the glory of God our first response is to fall on our faces, but God never leaves us there for he wants to see our face and wants us to see his.
Before the foundation of the world, God made a choice that the ones who would stand before Him would not be the mighty of the earth, the self-righteous, the energetic, the proud, or the rich. That’s how the world chooses. But that is not how God chooses.
The irony of following Christ is that we ascend by descending. We go up by going down. We become exalted as we humble ourselves. We prepare for kingship by learning to be a servant.
Some have said the God of the New Testament is a God of love and peace. I’ll follow that God and I won’t follow the God of the Old Testament who is mean and wicked. Many have tried that. But it won’t work. Let’s find out why today.
A great man once said, “Paul had enough morality to keep himself out of trouble, but not enough righteousness to get himself into heaven!” What about you?
God wants to show you off to the world. He wants to say, “look at my children. These are my children that I have purchased.”
We are told that miracles contradict science. Therefore, miracles cannot exist and the stories we read in the Gospel are false? Is this true. Let’s learn about this today as we continue Tough Questions for Today’s Christians.