Saturday, March 21, 2015

Our Shame, His Splendor

We generally ignore, or (at the very least) downplay, the doctrine of human sinfulness. After all, this doctrine conflicts with our precious self-esteem by insisting that nothing good dwells in us (Romans 7:18). As a response to our natural resistance to accepting the Bible's assessment of our depravity, I spend a lot of time emphasizing the point.

Yet I don't mean to be misanthropic. In acknowledging that none of us has any ability to commend ourselves to a righteous and holy God, I certainly take no delight in my words. That said, we each must arrive at a true understanding of our wretchedness in order to comprehend the magnificence of Christ's work in saving us.

Let's expand on the Scriptural passage I quoted Thursday in order to observe the Lord's astonishing grace in saving us.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. ~~Ephesians 2:1-10 (ESV)
As you can see, our depravity merely showcases the Lord's grace and mercy. If we warranted His favor, however, His grace would change to obligation, and we would rightly congratulate ourselves rather than worshiping Him. 

Christ deserves His place as the focal point of creation. When we recognize the overwhelming depth of our moral bankruptcy, His wonderful kindness in bearing our sin on the cross captivates our attention and draws us to worship Him. Then we realize that He alone deserves all the glory!

1 comment:

  1. Amen DebbieLynne, so very true, I think we cannot fathom our depravity because our vanity won't allow it, and I thank the Lord that He loves me anyway. So true.

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