Thursday, May 18, 2017
Key Bible Verse: Even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:17b)
Dig Deeper: Romans 5:12-17
We’ve all been diagnosed with sin and our condition is terminal—the wages of sin is death. But then Paul introduces us to an antidote called grace [in today’s Dig Deeper]. Paul sets up an equation. On one side of the equation is your sin, and your sin is worse than you can imagine. You can minimize it, rationalize it, and try to dismiss it, but you are terminally ill. On the other side of the equation is God’s grace. When Jesus died on the cross his blood wasn’t infected by sin, and he became the antidote that cures us. After putting your sin on one side and God’s grace on the other, Paul solves the equation.
“Even greater is God’s wonderful grace” (Romans 5:15). I can tell you confidently that you’ve done nothing so horrible that grace can’t cover it. Grace is always greater—no matter what. But an explanation of grace without experiencing grace is like being terminally ill and a doctor gives you lifesaving medicine but you refuse to take it.
The greatness of God’s grace means I don’t have to keep trying to convince myself I am “not that bad.” The truth is I am worse than I ever wanted to admit, but God’s grace is greater than I ever could have imagined.
– Kyle Idleman in Grace Is Greater
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