Worthy of Christ?

September 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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I haven’t studied every single bit of church history (yet), nor have I listened to/read every sermon ever preached or every heresy explained. However, having said that, it seems to me that the majority (if not all) of the heresies and false doctrines stem from a misunderstanding of either God, man, or both.

God is sovereign. He is completely sovereign. There is nothing that happens that is outside His rule or control. Not one electron from one atom spins around its nucleus without His permission. Not one planet light years away rotates around it’s star without His allowing it to happen. No choices, actions, or events can take place without Him either allowing them or causing them. He is sovereign.

Man is not sovereign, although many seem to think they are. Man’s default position is selfish arrogance. When scripture describes man it is never in good terms. Man is a sinner (Romans 3:23). He is a son of disobedience and the wrath of God abides on him (Eph. 5:6). Contrary to popular belief, he doesn’t have free will. Scripture says that man is either a slave of sin (John 8:34) or a slave of Christ (Romans 6:14-22). He does not desire to come to Christ (John 3:19-20) nor does he have the ability to do so (John 6:44). The wickedness and evil of men is so heinous that God has declared that men who die in their sins will spend eternity in hell.

And yet, in many churches, people are taught that they’re not that bad. They’re not really dead in sin, they’re just sorta dead. They’re depraved, but not enough for them to be hindered from freely choosing God without His influence. There are others who try to build up and encourage without the backing of scripture (think Joel Osteen and Robert Schuller). They talk about how people are beautiful, how people are good, how they are worth dying for.

The problem is, that’s not what scripture says! We AREN’T worth dying for! That’s the whole point of the gospel! While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)! While we shook our fists in rebellion against Him, while we spent the very breath He gave us to blaspheme His name, while we had evil thoughts and broke His Law, HE STILL DIED FOR US! How much more glorious a Savior who dies for those who are severely unworthy? How much more forgiving and loving is a Savior who laid aside His glory, poured Himself into human flesh, and then died on a cross in the place of those who were so wicked that they cheered His death?

If we are worthy of Christ’s death, then God owed us something in Christ’s death on the cross. The glory no longer belongs to the Lamb of God. It belongs to the one who was worthy of His death. The majesty of Christ is diminished in the face of the outstanding individual who somehow merited Christ’s death.

Praise God for a Savior who loved me in spite of myself and who died for my sins even when I hated Him. God knows that I would have hit the nails harder than the soldiers ever could, and yet….

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