"slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents" (Romans 1:30)
Writing the past few days about the condition of man apart from God, made writing this blog hard. Looking at the list of items that humankind became because of the fall brought many moments of reflection for me. The truth is, without God we are in a hopeless situation.
God must have felt the same way, looking around at everything that man was, must have broken his heart. He knew we were in a hopeless situation without him. Paul told us in this passage that among other vial things, we became God-haters. We were hateful and hating God, and yet He still came to seek and to save that which was lost.
Mulling over this, brought me to a wonderful passage of scripture in Isaiah 59. I was saddened by the condition that sin left humankind in. In the midst of this condition, God looked around for someone to intercede and stand the gap between us and Him. Finding no one, Isaiah 59:16 says, that 'His own arm worked salvation for him'. Jesus brought us justice and victory and righteousness because God knew that He was the only one who could redeem us, so He did.
Because of this victory He declared in verse 21, "As for me, this is my covenant with them," says the LORD. "My Spirit, who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your children, or from the mouths of their descendants from this time on and forever," says the LORD." God saw the condition of man and made a permanent solution for the problem. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, then we are called out and separated unto Himself. No longer are we among those who are accountable to the items mentioned above. He gives us His Spirit to preserve and protect us.
From that time when Gods own arm worked salvation for us, sin was not a problem. The only problem that will keep you in the dark from knowing God, is not accepting his free gift of salvation through Jesus. If you can related to the things Paul mentions above, 'slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful...' then today, all you need to do is simply believe on the Lord Jesus. Paul says in Romans 10, "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame." ( Romans 10:8-11 ).