Here is Love: Death and Life – Galatians 2:20

My life is not my own. My heart, my soul, my flesh, my mind, and my strength: all of it does not belong to me.

I used to think that it did belong to me. I use to the think that I was solely in charge of my own life, my own purpose, and my own destiny. But as the years rolled on, I noticed that the more and more that I tried to handle my life on my own, I was inching closer and closer to death—leaving a trail of destruction along the way.

Likewise, if I said I was alive by the fact that I think thoughts, or my heart pumps blood, then something is still missing. There is a chasm bigger than the Grand Canyon that exists inside of me. Life is not what I can see or experience. If it that is the case, then I know for a fact that those things will not fulfill this hole.

Truth of the matter is that I was not alive. I contend that I was not alive because life that ends in death is no life at all.

I was in full decay.

My soul was not free to live. My soul sank to the furthest most depths of the ocean. The massive, weighty force of freezing water sat on top of me painfully pressing my soul. My own sin was crushing me and I had no strength to lift any of it.

But the good, holy, righteous, loving and only God and Savior cuts through my sin with his strong arm and lifts me up from the pit of hell. And God has not simply rescued me from my filth in order to be emptied corpse washed upon the shore. My gracious, merciful, and just Lord breaths life into me, opened my eyes, strength to my atrophied muscles, love in through my veins and infinity in my heart.

Okay. Now I live.

Now I trust in what Christ has done, is doing and will do by the power of His Spirit for the Glory of His Name.

Christ saw my sin, depravity, wickedness, deceit, anger, lust, frustration, perversion, ignorance, treachery, and blasphemy. He wasn’t stupid. He wasn’t ignorant. He saw of that and loved me. I was far from him and in his almighty power, he exchange his place near to God for my place far away from God so I can be near God forever.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

That is love.

Series: Intrigued by the postmodern oft-used answer of “God is love”, by just by digging a little deeper, what I have learned is that people usually mean, “Love is God”. But this begs the question: what is love? To that end, I began writing a series that answers that question.

Here is Love: Whoever Believes—John 3:16

God loves us. So much so, He came to us.

The one who thinks of themselves as good or even, not-so-bad thinks that this is acceptable. “God should come to us. Why shouldn’t he?  God should come to me and meet me and get to know me and love me and save me despite me.”

However, you see, to the renewed mind, the first line of John 3:16 almost doesn’t make sense.

For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son,

Is this the same God who does not tolerate our sin? In other words, if we have but one drop of sin, we cannot dare approach the throne of God. It’s not that we can work really hard to try to put one foot in front of the other sinful foot in order to get that much closer to God. No. It doesn’t work that way. If the Bible is true then because of the sin in our lives, we cannot face in the direction of God and thus, have no way of approaching God.

I guess we could try walking backwards but how would you know if you are heading in the right direction? Answer: you don’t know. And running into God is not some random encounter.

God knew that.

He knew that you weren’t going to turn to him. He knew that you were not good. He knew you were not seeking after him. He knew you would not understand. He saw the worse in you.

And God loved you.

God absolutely knew that you would not make it to Him on your own. Instead of being a cruel and torturous deity whose follows have no chance to be with him, he is the only True God that comes after you instead.

Like a Best Friend who wants to be with His friend.

Like a Lover who wants to be with His love.

Like a Husband who wants to be with His bride.

Like a Father who just wants His child with Him.

He comes after us.

He thought about it. He planned it all out. He sent His Son to come get us. He empowered His Son with His Spirit so that He could complete the task.

He did this before He laid the foundations of the earth and before the realms of the heavenly places. He did this all before Genesis 1:1.

He was still part of the plan. You were still part of the plan. Sin didn’t make our God go into a scramble panic alert. The Plan is still in effect.

Wait, how do we know if we are saved?

that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

How does that read?

Whosever believes and does not believe should not perish but have eternal life?

Does Romans 1:16 say that the gospel is the power of God in salvation to everyone who believes and doesn’t believe? Are the storehouses of God filled with the wheat and the chaff? Are his fields filled with the sheep and the goats?


The Plan is that God saves sinners.

Not a random crap shoot but a 100% successful rescue mission.

You believe in this? You trust in this? You give your life for this?

If the answer is yes, then praise God that he unlocked the handcuffs, flung open the dungeon doors, gave sight to your eyes, unblocked your deaf ears, switched out your stony heart for a soft heart that loves, clothes you in righteousness, gives you His seal and lets you walk in the peace of the His good news.

You will not perish.

You will have eternal life.

You will have the fullness of joy.

You will have pleasures forevermore.

You will be completely satisfied.

Because you are Christ and Christ is in you.

Christ bridged the gap of infinity between the heart of God and the heart and man as the angels looks upon us in amazement and wonder and testify:

That is love.

Here is Love: Necessary Surgery—Ezekiel 36:22-28

This is the good news for all time: that Jesus Christ has come to make all things right-standing with Him. 1

This is the unquenchable thirst of holiness: He will do so by saving His people from Him, by Him, for Him, through Him, and to Him forever and ever. 2

This is the weight of the glory: His word will be preached among the dead—the valley of dry bones—and  because He is life, he speaks life into the dead and those who were once dead, now they shall live! 3

This is His will: our sanctification. He will cause us to walk in His statutes and be careful to obey Him. This is not that we would behave well but so that we will be facing and connected to the Source of life so that in His presence we will have the fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore for His glory forevermore. 4

This is how He will do it: the Skilled Physician performs open heart surgery on each and every one of his precious children and places His life-giving Spirit into every heart opened by Him:

Ezekiel 36:22-28  “Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

We were once dead. Good news: Jesus is alive. The same Spirit that raised Him from the dead is life because of righteousness. If that same Spirit that raised Him from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal, feeble, decaying bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. 5

Vacuum to Breath of Life. Decaying to Growing. Sickly to Invincible. Death to Life.

By the Spirit alone and with the new breath, we proclaim:

That is love.


  1. Romans 5:17; Romans 8:10; Romans 10:4; Romans 14:17; 2 Cor 5:21; Galatians 5:5
  2. Matt 1:21; Rom 11:36
  3. Isa 55:11; Eze 37:1-14; John 11:1-44; Eph 2:1-10
  4. Genesis 1-2; 1 Thess 4:3 Psalm 16:11
  5. Rom 8:12-13

Here is Love: God to Man and Man to God—2 Corinthians 5:21

And here is love: 2 Corinthians 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Ah ha!

Welcome to where things do not make sense in the real world.

This is the incredible. The awesome. The audacious.

Let us chop this verse up.

Who is he who made him to be sin?

He is God the Father. Sovereignly gracious. The Changer of destiny. The Chooser of the saved. The Adopter of the lost. The Savior of the man. Mindful of all. Source of all truth.

Who is him who knew no sin that was made to be sin by God?

He is Christ, the Son of God. Love overflowed. The gap between heaven and earth. The bridge between God and man. The bearer of our sorrows. The holder of our transgressions. The One who will make all things right.

What is sin?

Traitorous acts by creatures against the Almighty Creator. The breaking of God’s law that resulted in our disconnect to God by God from God for God and the decay, destruction, diseased, and death of the universe and everything within it.

Who are we?

Those who were foreknown by God, elected by God, called by God, atoned by God, whose wrath of God absorbed by God, whose sin is removed by God, adopted by God, set aside by God, nurtured by God, disciplined by God, raised by God to the glory of God forever.

What is the righteousness of God?

It is the perfection of God. This is not a standard that you can achieve through good moral behavior nor is this a grade that you can get to by maxing out every achievement. This is who God is, what he has done, what He thinks like, what He will do from eternity past to eternity present. Nothing you can ever do will give you enough points to make you righteous like him.

So how can I be in Him in order to become the righteousness of God?

Give him everything. Your trust. Your doubts. Your fears. Your worries. Your hurts. The pain you have caused. The troubles you have stirred up. The blasphemous thoughts you have thought. The good you failed to do. The bad you have done and will ever done. You give it all to him. You tell Christ, “This is the best I can do. This is now yours. Do with it what you must.”

Here is the exchange—the Great Exchange: Christ, in his perfection, sinless, holiness self, takes the best of what you have—your sin—and removes it all from you. In turn, Christ will always give you His perfection, hope, faith, righteousness, holiness, grace, mercy, tenderness, kindness and love.

In short, the question is “What is imputation?” or “How does God give everything that He has for everything that you have?

Answer: That is love.

Here is Love: Perfectly—Matthew 1:21

And here is love: Matthew 1:21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

I have heard it said many times from the pulpit, “The Bible does not say, ‘Jesus died on the cross for only his people.’”

Then why did Jesus die on the cross?

Did He die for the mere possibility that you might be saved? If for one moment you could suspend your theological conviction that hope is in Christ alone, entertain this thought: If Christ died on the cross in hopes that you would receive Him then that means you alone have the power to switch on the power of His death on the cross. If individuals had that sort of activating power, then by all accounts, Jesus died for nothing.

That cannot be true.

Did He die for the entire world so that the entire world would be saved? It is true that the Apostle John uses the phrase ‘the world’ and ‘the whole world’ quite often when it comes to saving with verses like John 3:16, 1 John 2:2 and 1 John 4:14 come to mind. Yet, when you go back and look at the over context of the verses (chapters of John 3, 1 John 2, and 1 John 4), you can clearly see that John did not dare imply that all would be saved, especially to the fact that Christ said himself, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (Matthew 7:13-14)

With the ‘many’ and ‘few’ in mind, look how careful John is with noting Christ’s salvation:

John 3:17-18 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

1 John 4:13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.

1 John 2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

Can we say that Christ would save everybody for all time? That cannot be true.

When the logical reasonable truth that is Christ’s particular, definite, perfect atonement for sin starts to set in, there is two ways to react to this.

One reaction would be rejection. Rejection because we have hoped in possibility and chance that one of our loved ones would be saved because they did something good or right in their lives. But when our God saves, there is no chance or possibility that would not save them or once saved, then they fall through his fingers. (Isaiah 59:1; John 10:29) Salvation does not rest on man but on God alone because salvation is of the Lord and He is the mighty one to save. (Jonah 2:9; Zephaniah 3:17) In other words, as Christ faced His disciples, he would also turn to us and say, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:25-26)

The other reaction is that with sheer and audacious boldness, conviction, and faith that Christ did not save you because of your best day. No. When he looked upon your life, He saw you on your worst day, you with committing your most terrible sin, you thinking your most incredible blasphemous thought, and adamantly declares to hosts of heavens, “I need to have that wicked sinner into my family. I know he is far. I know he doesn’t know me. I know he is running away. But right now, because of his birth and choice, he is running quickly into destruction and death. But I got to have him with me because I love him. I am going to take care of this once and for all. I am going to save him from his sins. I am going to save him.”

Upon hearing the news that his virgin fiancé was pregnant, Joseph was heart-broken. He didn’t want to shame her. So he figured he would quietly divorce her. That would be the kind thing to do.

An angel intervened.

“Don’t be afraid of marrying her. Listen, Mary is about to have a son. You will call Him, Salvation is of the Lord. Name him: Jesus. Why? Because He will freely, powerfully, perfectly, definitely, particularly, humbly, lovingly, graciously, mercifully, justly, righteously, and gloriously save His people from their sins.”

There is no ‘might save’ in that verse as to indicate some sort of mere possibility.

There is no ‘try to save’ as though my Lord and God is somehow impotent.

There is only ‘will save’ because of the power of the Holy Spirit through the life, death, burial, and resurrection of the Jesus by the sovereign, gracious choosing, adopting, sanctifying and glorifying love of the God alone.

With our hearts bursting forth, we can proclaim:

That is love.

Here is Love: For All Time—Psalm 103:15-18

And here is love: Psalm 103:15-18 As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.

This is an amazing declaration. Not that life is short, but that God’s love is declared from infinity past and does not stop all the way to infinity future.

What that means to me is that no matter how I chop and slice up the space-time continuum, His love was always there.

This is what I mean about space and time. There is a common notion among Christians that God loved us because he looked upon my life, saw that I would trust in him and thus, He started loving me. However, this passage dismisses such a notion.

Look at the line: the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting. The fact we are talking about everlasting to everlasting suggest that God’s love for us did not have a starting point. And if the Psalmist called this love everlasting to everlasting then the love of God for us does not have a starting point does not have an ending point. That is the whole definition of infinity. (Didn’t think this would be a nerd-erfic post, did you?)

Look at the line once more: But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him. It does not say, “because of those who fear him.” It clearly says, “… The steadfast love of the LORD is on those who fear him.” Not because but on. God’s love is there. It was on us because He put that on us. Why? He saved us.

We know that is truly amazing. And yet, the amazing doesn’t stop there. But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him  and his righteousness to children’s children. What does that mean? The children and the grandchildren of those who are saved will also be saved? We have the entire history of mankind that states otherwise. Have you read the Samuels, Kings and Chronicles? Then you know it isn’t true.

My grandmother knew this verse. She never assumed that my dad’s, my own and my son’s salvation would be automatic. My grandmother prayed—prayed for 50 years before my dad was saved, prayed for 32 before I was saved, and prayed for 5 before my son was saved.

Therein lies the blessing. Children in a godly home are grown up blessed. The fact that you trusted in God and because you trusted God, you kept his covenant close, and obeyed His Word, your children will be blessed and their children will be blessed.

Now you might say, “I trust in God but my kids are balling out of control!” Let me tell you one story about one particular kid: my Dad. My Dad balled out of control for 30 plus years. God grabbed his attention by smashing his face through a windshield while driving drunk with no seatbelt. God pursued him by allowing brain cancer to threaten his life, but only to cure it through surgery. God rescued his family safely as my dad’s house burned to the ground. My dad still sinned even more. My dad’s life was spiraling out of control into the active wrath of God that is hell.

But my God loved my Dad before the heavens and the earth were formed. You would not know that for most of my Dad’s life. In his merciful, beautiful, gracious sovereign love, my God sent my Dad to prison. My Dad came to a place where he had nothing better to do than to engage with the Living God or rot in prison and die like he is suppose to do.

Now my Dad says this:

“Now my God did everything humanly possibly to grab my attention and He saved me. He finally put me in a place where I had no choice. Now, this is my home. This prison is my mission field. If my God would keep me here, to serve Him and to point others to Him until He calls me home, than I would be more than blessed.”

My Dad has done wicked things. So much so, that it landed Him in prison. But out of that wickedness and what my Dad intended for evil, God turned it around, used it for good to save my Dad’s soul.

The irony: He was saved before I was. Me who thought I was saved since I was 8 because said some magical words that I thought that could get me into heaven. God could have done it any other way but I know because the blessing started not with him or me but it started out with my grandmother.

Now the blessing is on my Dad with some of his kids balling out of control.

Now the blessing is on me and my kids are freakin’ awesome.

My hope and prayer is that, as God was beautifully merciful with my Dad and me, that he would be so beautifully merciful with my children and my grandchildren.

Mercy. Grace. Hope. Faith. Sovereignty. Power. Might. Holy. Righteousness. Blessing. You know what is called?

That is love.


Here is Love: Precious in His Sight—Deuteronomy 7:6-8

And here is love: Deuteronomy 7:6-8 “For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the LORD loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

I get the fact that I am not a Hebrew. I am not an Israelite. I get that God had certain promises given to Israel that he did not give to Gentiles. I get all of that.

However, when I read the New Testament, I cannot be so quick to dismiss or downplay the Old Testament. I read Jesus’ account of the Vinedresser, Paul’s exposition of that particular teaching, Paul’s further clarification on the offspring of Abraham, and Christ’s confirmation that all of the Scriptures are about Him. Based on that string of logic, I am left to conclude that “Father Abraham had many sons and many sons had Father Abraham.” Furthermore, if you and I are saved by Christ, then “I am one of them and so are you.” (So, let us just praise the Lord.)

All that to say: when I read this passage in Deuteronomy, I cannot dismiss this as some obscure Jewish fact. This passage applies to me.

For you are a people holy to the LORD your God – This is simple enough. I am holy because God is holy. (1 Peter 1:16; Leviticus 11:44)

The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples. – Of course, I am just one person. I am a born sinner. My family name is not that great. My city and country are not supreme over all historical cities and empires. I am but a mere mortal—not the strongest, not the richest, not that wise, and not that smart. Only because of Him for him by Him to Him that out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth, He has chosen me. While I was a sinner and I kept on dying and kept on sinning, Christ loved me and gave his life up for me. I have no room to boast. Salvation is of the Lord alone and He is the mighty one to save. (Romans 5:12-21; Jeremiah 9:23-24; Romans 5:8; Galatians 2:20; Jonah 2:9; Zephaniah 3:17)

it is because the LORD loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers – God set his love, thoughts, mercies, affections, grace upon me. He did infinitely before he made one promise to either of my fathers Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, or David. He had his mind made up, He alone had the audacity, power, will, freedom, might, boldness, humility, holiness, righteousness, perfection, just, and love to save me. He handed down those covenants and He is the only being in this universe that cannot possibly lie or break a promise. (Hebrews 6:17-18)

that the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand – He is the mighty one that saves. (Zephaniah 3:17 cf. Isaiah 63:1; Romans 7:24-25)

redeemed you from the house of slavery – I have not been given the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear but as a son of God, I have received the Spirit of Adoption by whom I cry, “Daddy!” (Romans 8:16)

from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. – Jesus conquered, defeated, and reigns supreme over Satan, demons, sin, hell, and death. (Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14-18; Romans 8:28-39)

Way before I was even born, before the heavens were made manifest, the earth was formed, the seas filled and the mountains put into place, He saw my destiny of disease, destruction, decay, and death and would have none of that. In His infinite power and might, He predestined me to life with Him, fullness of joy in His presence, and unlimited pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 90:2; Ephesians 2:1-10; Psalm 16:11)

Simply put, the greatest love ever known is not the possibility of salvation by God but that in God actually saves. That guaranteed salvation of love is wrapped up simply and completely in one little verse:

And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. Romans 8:30

So what shall we say to these things?

That is love.

Here is Love: The Cross Was Never Plan B—Genesis 3:15

Here is love: Genesis 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

The cosmos shattered.

The universe cracked.

The world broken.

Sin has entered into our lives and began its wanton destruction leaving billions dead and the sons of Adam damned to the eternal wrath of the Holy God.

But the Holy God was not put off by sin. God did not have to alter His eternal plan because of sin. He did not have to re-arrange His calendar due to our sin. Out of His great immense love, He created humans in His image—male and female. In His great omniscience, he knew humans would choose not-God over God. He knew this.

He knew this and He knew us anyways.

He knew this and He created us anyways.

He knew this and He chose us anyways.

He knew this and He loved us anyways.

He knew this and He saved us.

The first given to Adam in the garden: “Choose Me. Choose not Me and you will surely die.”

Instead of the fullness of life, joy, satisfaction, and pleasures forevermore, we choose not-God. Sin began its death march. However, God stepped into our dying world and into our dying lives and gives not a commandment but His love:

“Adam, you have already felt some of the effects of this curse. You now feel cold and ashamed. Lost and bewildered. Frightened and alone. There are many things that are going to work out. Life will be difficult and hard and you are die.

But I am still God. I am still your Creator. I still love you. When you were too scared, I came after you. I still want you. Turn back to me. I will make all things right. I will crush Sin. I will destroy Death. The Serpent will be tormented and utterly controlled forever.

I will make all things right. I will make it better than you had it before. Do you trust me?”

The Serpent was the first false preacher to give a false gospel: be like God and you will know like God.

The God responds to this horrific lie preached to his children, comes to his children and then proclaims the absolute truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The absolute truth is this: We cannot make things right. He alone can make things right. Man has to live a perfect life and die so that he in order to be saved. The honest truth is that we cannot be God but the good news is that the ultimately omnipotent God with true free will who has the all-power to become man to live the perfect life, die in our place, buried with our sins, and rose to conquer Satan, demons, sin, hell, death in order to save His people from their sins.

Adam and Eve believed this. They believed this with all of their heart. On the first day of their sin-infested lives, they believed and then, they laid down to rest in His presence. What does a loving God do? God strips them of their self-righteousness used to cover their condemnation and covers them in the warmth, grace, and loveliness of His own righteousness.

Children, his forever.

Mercy, renews forever.

Grace, pours forever.

Holy, forever and ever.

And that is love.

Here is Love: All Sin Future Sin—Romans 5:8

Here is love: Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

I am confident that 99.8% of people reading this was born in the 20th century. Historically speaking, Christ died about 2000 years ago. I am going to link these two ideas in one moment.

Christ is fully God. That means He fully sees all and fully knows all. This goes beyond what you and I can see. We might stand in one room, look around and see all that we can see but we know that there are certain things that can our block our views. We can’t see everything in the room or better yet, we can’t see everything within everything in the room. That is not a problem for God. In your house, he clearly sees—not crystal ball see or video camera see—but clearly sees everything within everything in all of your rooms. Lights on or off, it doesn’t matter. As for the everything within everything, he also sees what’s going on inside your body. Further still, he sees what’s going on inside your mind, your emotions, your will, and your desires.

What makes God really God is not that any one moment he chooses to see all these things—from the dust bunnies behind your desk to deepest darkest recesses of your heart—but rather, he continuously, actively, fully processing all those things all the time.  He can’t shut that off. He is God. He has to fully know everything for every moment of every day since time began. For Him to be God, He has to know every single thought, motivation, and desire you have ever had or will ever had.

You were born some time in the 1900s or if you are so happened to read this a few years from now, 2000s. If Christ was historically crucified some 2000 years ago and as a believer, he died for yours sins, then that means that before you were born, before you could do anything about any of your sins, Christ died for you.

Look at the verse again: but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Here is the good news: that verse never says, “but God shows his love for us based on all the good stuff we did and the bad stuff we didn’t do, Christ died for us.” It certainly never says, “God shows his love for us in that time he saw that I went forward in church, said the sinner’s prayer, Christ died for me.” It clearly says, “while we were still sinners”.

There is no other religion, no other faith that makes these claims. The rest of the world wants you to try really hard to be perfect, do the right thing and don’t do the wrong things.  But God says, “You are going to fail because I know. I already know. Even when you do good things, you sometimes do them for the wrong reason. Even when you had good intentions, sometimes it goes bad. I already know.”

In other words, He looked upon me and saw that I was a horrible guy. He looked at my life and knew I was going to die apart from him. He saw that by my birth and by my choice, I was destined for destruction, decay, disease, and death.

He saw everything about me. He saw it all, and despite my worst, he chose me and loved me anyways and went ahead sent His Son to die for me so I could be with Him instead.

That is love.

Here is Love

Here is love, vast as the ocean,
Lovingkindness as the flood,
When the Prince of Life, our Ransom,
Shed for us His precious blood.
Who His love will not remember?
Who can cease to sing His praise?
He can never be forgotten,
Throughout Heav’n’s eternal days.

On the mount of crucifixion,
Fountains opened deep and wide;
Through the floodgates of God’s mercy
Flowed a vast and gracious tide.
Grace and love, like mighty rivers,
Poured incessant from above,
And Heav’n’s peace and perfect justice
Kissed a guilty world in love.
Let me all Thy love accepting,
Love Thee, ever all my days;
Let me seek Thy kingdom only
And my life be to Thy praise;
Thou alone shalt be my glory,
Nothing in the world I see.
Thou hast cleansed and sanctified me,
Thou Thyself hast set me free.

In Thy truth Thou dost direct me
By Thy Spirit through Thy Word;
And Thy grace my need is meeting,
As I trust in Thee, my Lord.
Of Thy fullness Thou art pouring
Thy great love and power on me,
Without measure, full and boundless,
Drawing out my heart to Thee.

by William Rees and William Williams.