Week 21 May 20-
There is no other book in the entire Bible that helps sinners understand God’s eternal plan of salvation more thoroughly than Romans.
Through each chapter, the Apostle Paul unpacks the deep truths of God’s sovereign will to draw sinners to Himself through the atoning work of His Son Jesus Christ.
However, there may not be a more definitive description of this plan of redemption than in Romans 3:23-
In just these three short verses, Paul presents us with seven significant words that serve as the key to unlocking the true purpose of God’s plan to reconcile sinners and restore their eternal relationship with Him. These seven words include sin, glory, justified, grace, redemption, propitiation, and faith. Below is a closer look at how these seven words each serve as puzzle pieces that together give us a complete picture of how our salvation has been secured through Christ.
The first word is sin, and this includes anything we say, think, or do that violates the will and character of God. We are creatures made in His image to be a reflection of His holiness and love, and our sin symbolizes the many times we have misrepresented our Creator to the rest of His Creation.
The second word is glory, and this denotes the recognition of praise and honor God deserves for His unsurpassed greatness. When we sin and violate the unblemished character of God, we fall short of our divine calling to offer Him the glory that his due His name.
The third word is justified, and this is a legal term that means in God’s courtroom we are declared innocent of breaking God’s law. Through justification, we are also reclassified as righteous people through the finished work of Christ, which means we not only avoid punishment as law-
The fourth word is grace, and this is defined as God’s unmerited favor where He works in us, through us, and for us to accomplish what is required of us. He offers us grace for both our salvation and our sanctification because He understands we were not capable of fulfilling our holy requirements due to our sinful limitations.
The fifth word is redemption, and this describes how we were rescued from our sinful path leading to eternal death and separation and restored to a righteous path of eternal life and adoption into the family of God.
The sixth word is propitiation, and this concept explains how through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, God placed His wrath and judgement into the blood of His Son so that His wrath could be turned away from us because He knew we could not bear it.
The seventh and final word is faith, and this is when we respond to God’s plan by placing our total trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ as our savior, and committing our lives to be obedient to Him as our Lord.
When these seven words are all put back together, each piece helps gives us one complete and total picture of how our amazing God secured our eternal salvation through the unspeakable act of sacrificing His own Son. These seven words teach us that God is holy and we are not, and that He alone is worthy of our praise, our trust, and our obedience. This is because he died for us when we were ungrateful sinners, declared us innocent when we were blatantly guilty, offered grace to us when we were disgraceful, and loved us when we were simply unlovable. Our only responsibility is to respond in faith by trusting in His plan and obeying the commands of His Son, so we can enjoy an eternal relationship with Him in His kingdom forever.
Seven Words that Spell Out Our Salvation
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