The need and the meansBro. Ron Rupé
6/30/2002 11:00 AM
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
- This shows the need of salvation.
- This, also, shows the means of salvation.
The need: We were without strength and were ungodly.
The means: "...in due time, Christ died..."
We were yet sinners, having the wrath of God, his enemies... Yet, Christ died for us, justifying us by his blood and reconciling us to himself. The gospel message is this, man has a great need, and God has provided for that need. How did this need come upon mankind?
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
This is speaking of Adam. When God created Adam and Eve, he created them pure, holy and noble. When they sinned, they became ungodly and separated from God. Their sin affected not only them, but also their children and all of mankind. Sin and death have passed from generation to generation. There isn't one generation that hasn't been affected. "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly." God promised a day of salvation.
Thus saith the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;
This speaks of an acceptable time and a day of salvation. Isaiah prophesied of a time to come.
2 Corinthians 6:2
(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)
Paul refers to Isaiah's prophecy. He tells them, that the time Isaiah spoke of is now! He says that this is what Isaiah was pointing to. Isaiah couldn't say that "now" was the day he referred to. This is what Paul meant when he said, "in due time."
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly
"...when we were yet without strength..." Mankind was trapped of the devil, taken captive at his will. People are tempted and don't have the ability or strength to resist the temptation. Because of sin, man is weak. Man, because of sin, is cursed to live his life in bondage to the fear of death.
Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
The need - man is without strength. "Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come..."
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
God has provided the means to meet the need. This is the day, the time God planned to redeem the fallen race.
Romans 5:6, 8
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly... But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord
If you are sinning against God, you are condemned to die. There are only two things that God will accept for your sin:
- Pay the penalty - death
- Offer an atonement
He has provided that you provide an atonement (a fine) for your sin. Christ came to do both for us. He paid the penalty AND provided the atonement. He did it so that we don't have to.
For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
When we were yet sinners, Christ died on our behalf. He paid our penalty for our sins. God provided a way that we don't have to pay for the sins that we committed.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Someone must pay for the sin you commit. If you don't change course, it will be you. But it doesn't have to be. Christ took all this for us. Isaiah was prophesying something unheard of. Someone taking the punishment of another. He paid it so that you don't have to. If you would escape your just due, come to God with what Christ did for you.
And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Christ offered the only atonement for sin that God will accept. God planned that only the shedding of blood would bring atonement for the soul. The only atonement he accepts is the blood of Christ. Are you yet a sinner? It doesn't have to be that way. You can find the means of your salvation in Christ.
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
The need - to be reconciled because we were the enemies of God.
That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
This applies to the relationship of the Jews and the Gentiles, yet, it also describes our relationship to God before we were saved. "...having no hope, and without God in the world..." This describes the need: enemies, separated from God. "...But now in Christ..." the wall has been broken down and we can be at peace with God.
2 Corinthians 5:18-20
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
The means of salvation is that God sent Christ to reconcile us back to himself. Are you yet without hope? Be reconciled to God. You don't have to be enemies anymore.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
This is the gospel message: Mankind has a great need, but God has provided in his love the means to meet that need.