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The Substitute for Sinners

December 3, 2009

The glorious third chapter of Romans literally overflows with theology; Justification, Substitution, Soteriology, Hamartiology, ect. But my focus is how it discernibly displays mans total depravity, it displays how sinner mans sin stricken soul is utterly helpless, and it displays how decadent man could do absolutely nothing to save himself. Why? Because God’s law demanded perfection and man in his fallen state could not satisfy or appease the demands of the law and thus the law dominated man (Romans 7:1). It would suffice to say that man was in a terrible predicament and had an ill stance before a Holy and Just God. God then, in His mercy and ever abundant love saw mans predicament and sought to make His only begotten Son our propitiation and substitute, so that He might redeem and reconcile those He chose to Himself. Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross was sufficient for the sins of the whole world, efficient for the sins of His elect. Atoning for the sins of those who He has chosen to have mercy on (Romans 9). One of my favorite verses in the bible puts Christ’s substitutionary death into perspective, 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Thank God for His love toward us.

 

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