Tuesday, September 27, 2011

No, Not One!

 2God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.
 3Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 
(Psalm 53:2-3, King James Version)

No, Not One!

It is no wonder the world is in such a state, when one considers the words of Psalm 53:3, There is none that doeth good, no, not one. We are helpless before God; nothing we could ever do or say could appease a holy God who demands perfect righteousness.

In reality, man does not really appear all that bad, does he? Look at the great humanitarian deeds that many do for one another. How can that be bad in the eyes of God? We are guilty of comparing humans with humans; we must, however, compare fallen man (which includes all men from the beginning of creation to now, except for the Lord Jesus Christ), to a righteous and holy God who cannot even look upon sin.

We are guilty of thinking of greater and lesser sins, but God sees all sin as corruption! Is there, then, no hope for all of mankind. Even in the Old Testament, God already promised a coming Redeemer who could take on Himself the sins of man. Look at these verses from Isaiah 53:4-5.
 4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
 5But 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.
No, there is none that doeth good, no, not one, but in Christ there is hope. Christ, the perfect Lamb of God, came to this earth, was wounded for our transgressions and was bruised for our sins, so that with His stripes we are healed.

Therein lies our hope. Before God we are altogether filthy, but in Christ we are a new creation, showing forth the beauty of Christ. While on this earth, we will still wrestle with our sin nature, but when we are released from the bonds of this earth, we will bear the perfection of Christ for all eternity. How amazing is that! What God is there who gave so much for a people, expecting nothing in return except their undying love and devotion?

How, then, can we neglect so great a salvation? Go to Christ today, and cast yourself upon His mercy, and He will save you now!

God Bless You,
Linda

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