Tuesday – It Was for You, My Friend

By George Volpe

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

   Question: What makes man a free moral agent?

   Answer: The ability to choose.

   We are not robots. We are able to think, to reason, to understand, to believe, to trust, to feel, to love. God gives every man the freedom to choose right or wrong, God or self.

   God loves all of us. He created us in His image, He breathed life into us, and He provides what we need. He has every right to test our love for Him. Adam and Eve had everything they needed and only one limitation. They chose to ignore God’s warning and disobey. We are created by God and for God. He has the exclusive right to us. His will is perfect, righteous, in our best interest, and cannot be thwarted, changed, or opposed. But Adam and Eve doubted God. They reasoned that God was wrong.

   “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.” (Romans 5:12)

   “The wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23)

   A new thing emerged with man: Sin. And God kept His promise with another new thing: physical and spiritual death. Adam and Eve started to age. And they died. And so did everyone after them. A growing cancer of corruption began its effect on everything in the world. The choice to disobey God has perverted our world and as brilliant as we are, we can’t fix that spiritually broken relationship on our own.

   God has made it clear that the only thing that atones for sin is death. Counting your good deeds does nothing to atone for sin. Giving all your resources cannot atone for sin. Punishing yourself fails to atone for sin. We’re not sinners because we sin. We sin because we are sinners, born with Adam’s nature in us. Sin is so detestable to God that it cannot exist in His presence. But God yearns for us to be near Him—forever. So how did God turn certain death into eternal life? How could He express His eternal love while remaining just and fulfilling His own perfect law?

   He did it through Jesus. God from eternity past came to Earth so He could pay our penalty for us. Only a spotless, innocent substitute could satisfy the justice of God. We have the choice of recognizing and trusting that Jesus died for us and paid our debt in full, or pushing away the kindness of God, and paying it ourselves—eternally. Jesus died for all, for all sin, for all time. Go to Him in faith, expressing your complete trust in the saving work of Jesus.

Read John 3:12-21.

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