“When We Were Still Powerless” ( Romans 5: 6 – 8, NEB ) by Carley Evans

“For at the very time when we were still powerless, then Christ died for the wicked [that is, for us]. Even for a just man one of us would hardly die, though perhaps for a good man one might actually brave death; but Christ died for us while we were yet sinners, and that is God’s own proof of His love towards us.”

When did God’s Son die for us? “When we were still powerless.” When we were “wicked,” “while we were yet sinners.” Why did God send His Son to die for us? Christ’s death “is God’s own proof of His love towards us.”

We didn’t earn God’s love. Rather, “in Christ He chose us before the world was founded, to be dedicated, to be without blemish in His sight, to be full of love; and He destined us — such was His will and pleasure — to be accepted as His sons through Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3-5) “For it is by grace [we] are saved, through trusting Him; it is not [our] own doing.” (Ephesians 2:8) “God, rich in mercy, for the great love He bore us, brought us to life with Christ even when we were dead in our sins; it is by grace [we] are saved.” (Ephesians 2:4-5)

“And although [we] were dead because of [our] sins and because [we] were morally uncircumcised, [God] has made [us] alive with Christ. For He has forgiven us all our sins; He has canceled the bond which pledged us to the decrees of the law. It stood against us, but He has set it aside, nailing it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:13-14)

We are free from the law of sin and death because Christ died for us — the ungodly, while we were still powerless. Praise be to God, our Lord and Savior.

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