For the Ungodly

Romans 5:6-11 —

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person–though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die–but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since therefore we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his son, how much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

At church this morning, a main subject of the sermon was stepping up as a man. The text was Genesis 3 where Adam fails to argue with Eve about eating the forbidden fruit. So stepping up would have had Adam saying, “No way, Jose, we can’t eat that fruit. Yahweh forbade it.” Seems right. But then Pastor wen with the ol’ “Eternity hangs in the balance” deal that so many have heard so many times.

I’m for intervening in order to show others the Kingdom of God. I absolutely believe that the way of Jesus is the superior way. I want others to adopt Jesus’ teachings. However, eternity doesn’t hang in the balance on account of what we do. Eternity hangs in the balance for how God chooses to reconcile his people and his creation to Himself. He has that option. He’s able to navigate that question in any way He wishes since He sent His own Son in order to redeem the world.

And Paul says that Christ died for us while we were still sinners. What amazing news this is! At the right time, though we were enemies of God, Christ died for us. Us. Are we special? Did God choose favorites? Or when the text says these sweeping things about how God has made people right, does it really mean all people?

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