LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Christianity 101- Part 3: Man

Man is a sinner due to his fallen nature. Scripture points this out beginning in Genesis and continuing through Revelation. Paul paints the picture extensively from Romans 1:18 through Romans 3:20 and empirical evidence confirms biblical teaching on the sinfulness of human beings. The Bible reveals there is no one righteous and that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). God’s standard of righteousness is perfection (Matthew 5:48) and not man’s erroneous worldly standard of being a basically good person. Perfection means that man cannot meet this standard and, as a result, man cannot save himself from the wrath of God by his good works (Romans 3:20 and Gal. 2:16). Since God does not grade on a curve, but on an absolute scale of perfection, being ‘basically good’ will not be sufficient on judgment day. Isaiah tells us that even man’s best works are like filthy rags before God (Isaiah 64:6).

In Luke 18:25-27 Jesus confirms that it is impossible for man to save himself, “For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God." Those who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?" But he said, "What is impossible with men is possible with God." In this passage Jesus not only states that it is impossible for men to save themselves, but also gives the fantastic news that God can solve the problem and save sinners. Romans 6:23 gives the bad news for sinners in the first part of the verse and the good news in the second half of the verse where it says, “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

This is the great fantastic news of the gospel. But what about man’s sin that God must punish? Does God simply reduce the penalty? Do all men universally receive the gift of eternal life? What does Jesus Christ have to do with solving this dilemma?

Next in Part 4 we will look at how God solved the problem that men are incapable of solving.

5 Comments:

Blogger mark pierson said...

That picture is so perfect an illustration.

Man can not save himself! Utter helplessness, a slave and lover of sin, and hater of God, he is.

A desire to walk in sins, yes.

A desire to walk in God's ways, no.

Once convicted of sin all man can do is cry out to God for mercy, mercy found only in Christ.

May 31, 2007 9:45 AM

 
Blogger Baptist Girl said...

Hi Wayne,
I am really enjoying this series.
(Isaiah 64:6) sure tells us what our works means in the eyes of the Lord and concerning our salvation.
"Salvation is of the Lord", nothing we can ever do that will save us. Amen Wayne!

Cristina

May 31, 2007 1:21 PM

 
Blogger Susan said...

Jazzy,
You deserve some catnip for this excellent series.

May 31, 2007 9:02 PM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Thanks. I know this all is fundemental to most of the readers of this blog, but the gospel is not nearly as understood as we might think.....

June 01, 2007 8:39 AM

 
Blogger Dawn said...

Amen! Man cannot save himself. Only God can save those who believe!

June 04, 2007 12:32 AM

 

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