Word for the Day
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
Pastor Spencer - The operative word in this verse is "in." Salvation is only IN Christ. That is, going to heaven forever is essentially and of absolute necessity linked to believing in Jesus as our own personal Lord, God, Redeemer, and Savior. And the rest of Scripture tells us that this believing, the faith in Christ, is impossible for the human mind to achieve. The Bible is crystal clear that this belief is total and complete nonsense to our natural human minds. We must be brought to this faith by the working of the Holy Spirit through the Gospel. Without this faith-connection to Jesus we cannot be saved. Thus, not only is Jesus' sacrifice for ALL the sins of the world a free gift, but the ability to believe this, and the believing itself are also free gifts to us from God. So, sometimes this concept of what we are owed because of our sins, and what we receive instead from God, is sometimes called an "exchange." It is said we bring sin into our relationship with God and He exchanges them for faith and salvation. But this isn't really an exchange at all. Nor is it a deal. Why? Very simply - because we can't even "bring our sins" to God without the working of the Spirit through the Word! God not only convinces us of Christ's Redemption, He also convicts us of sin, and persuades us of our need to be forgiven and saved! It is NOT, therefore, an "exchange," in which we meet God half way, or bring anything to the arrangement. GOD DOES IT ALL!!! He shows us our sin, and He shows us our Savior - BOTH! Praise Him for all His work!