Summary: PENTECOST 4(A) - God demonstrates His great love for us by the fact that while were still sinners Christ died for us.
“GOD DEMONSTRATES HIS OWN LOVE FOR US…” (Outline)
June 20, 2010 -
Pentecost 4 -
INTRO: Love, mercy, and grace are words that only believers can fully understand. The worldly do not grasp what true love means. God’s love for us reveals true love. Only by knowing God’s mercy is the believer able to show mercy. Again, this is not a natural characteristic of sinful mankind. By God’s grace every believer not only knows these divine words but also believes them and lives them. "When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins" (COLOSSIANS 2:13). Thus God reveals his love to and for us.
“GOD DEMONSTRATES HIS OWN LOVE FOR US…”
I. While we were sinners, II. Christ has died for us.
I. WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS
A. Every believer lives a similar life to every other human being. Sin infects everyone’s lives.
1. Verse 8b: “While we were still sinners…” Paul comes straight to the point.
2. No one can escape the effects of sin that affect all of mankind.
B. Verse 6: “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.”
1. Paul includes himself as a sinner when he uses the word “we”. Sin also live in him.
2. Sin is destructive. Humans are made “powerless”. No one can save himself. Sin is evil.
3. “Ungodly” describes every sinful thought, word, or deed of any and every believer.
C. Verse 7: “Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man,
though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die.”
1. The righteous need no one to take their place. The good might find a substitute in their place.
2. The selfishness of sin means that very few are willing to sacrifice their lives for others.
D. Some try to deny that sin exists. Others try to explain away sin. Still others try to redefine the word sin. No matter what people try to do with sin, sin does not and will not go away. Sin is still alive and well in our very own lives. Ever since the first sin of Adam and Eve no one can, will, or is able to escape sin. Each of us has inherited a sinful nature from our very first parents. We are not born into this world as friends of God but as enemies. "Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward and speak lies" (PSALM 58:3). Life begins at conception. Sin starts with life. We are sinful.
E. By now we have come to realize the depth of destruction that sin causes in the lives of every living and breathing person on earth. The world drastically changed forever after sin entered the world. God promised Adam and Eve (and all mankind) a Savior (GENESIS 3:15). Because of sin death entered the world. God drove Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden so they would not eat from the tree of life. In the end, who would really want to live on this globe in this sinful life forever? "For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son--both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die" (EZEKIEL 18:4). No one can escape death. Death is a result of sin. Man dies because man sins.
F. God’s law reminds each one of us of our sinfulness. No one likes to hear how bad they are. We do not want to have all of our sins brought up for us to remember. Time and again, God’s law reminds each of us that we daily fall short of the glory of God. We sin daily. We sin much. Even worse, our sinful nature delights in doing that which is evil. "Wicked men…whose words are perverse, who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil" (PROVERBS 2:12-14). Such are our sinful lives. All too often we leave the path of righteousness. All too often we walk in dark ways, delight in doing wrong, and rejoice in evil. We are still sinners.
“GOD DEMONSTRATES HIS LOVE FOR US…” We are still, always sinners. Christ has died for us.
II. CHRIST HAS DIED FOR US
A. Verse 6: “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.”
1. Believers as sinners are “powerless”. Believers acting as sinners are “ungodly”.
2. Powerless to save ourselves God sent his son, Christ, to die for sinners.B. Paul explains the depth of the meaning of Christ’s death for these believers who are powerless.