Friday, March 13, 2009

Guilty As Charged

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law,
that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Romans 3:19

We often think of being guilty of something as a negative in our life. To hear a judge declare us to be guilty in a court of law would surely be a fearful moment. However, the entire Word of God points out that we as sinful individuals are guilty before a holy God. Because of our sin, we are separated from God and living in condemnation. So, where is the positive in all of this? It is only when we see that we are guilty that we see that we need a deliverer, or better yet, a Savior. Many individuals live their lives considering themselves to be “pretty good” people. How many times have you heard someone say about a person that he is a “good man”? While that might be true by the moral standards of man, by God’s holy standard every man falls short. However, most men are not looking at God as the standard by which they compare themselves. They are simply looking at their neighbor and feeling justified in the fact that they are better than them. I would like to challenge you to take a good look at God’s Law for a moment. Do you measure up to His standard of righteousness? When you realize that you do not, then you see why the price Jesus paid on the cross was so precious. You were guilty. He was not. Yet, He willingly took your place. What a Savior!

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