Summary: No one is worthy of the Love of God. He made us worthy when he put his son on the cross, when he put our sins and their penalties upon Jesus, and when he took the righteousness of Christ and put it on us.
He Makes Us Worthy:
The view from outer Grace
I hope you don’t take offense if I say: There is no one here today… who is worthy to be here… in and by our own rights.
History tells us… over and over again… that none of us are worthy of the grace of our loving God.
President Grover Cleveland once said, “We study history NOT in order to return to it… but that we might learn from it.”
John Doan… 18th century philosopher and writer… said: “If we don’t know our history… we are doomed to repeat it.”
Back in the days of Enoch and Methuselah—about the time of Noah… at the very dawn of human history—God looked down in:
The result: The great flood—the total destruction.
Much later… nearly 1 thousand years before the birth of Jesus… David tells us:
3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one."
About 3 hundred years later… Isaiah looked about him in his day and said in:
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear."
The Apostle Paul… writing to the believers in Rome said in:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one."
We have not changed… not since the beginning of time. We are still self-centered and self-serving.
But… in Jesus Christ… God sent his Son…according to Luke19:10… "to seek and to save that which was lost."
Instead of judgment—Grace!
Instead of destruction—Salvation!
Instead of death—Life!
I repeat all of this history… to remind us that…
· Without the Grace of God,
· Without the sacrifice of Jesus as our Christ,
· Without God’s great love for us…
We would all be down the tubes.
The point being… there is no one worthy of the Love of God.
It was God who made us worthy…
· When he put his son upon the cross at Calvary,
· When he put our sins—and their penalties—upon Jesus, himself, and
· When he took the righteousness of Christ, himself, and put it upon us…
so that he can see us—not in our sin—but in the righteousness of Christ.