Proverbs 9 11-9-22

Mankind, by ourselves, cannot save ourselves. We need a Savior. Jesus is that Savior!

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5

Several weeks ago, I did a series of posts on the Baptist Faith and Message. In the third section on “Man,” I errantly left out any discussion about the state of mankind spiritually and jumped directly into what God thinks of us (see Proverbs 11 9-11-22). Today, I would like to amend that little oversite with comment and a portion taken from a more recent post (see Proverbs 29 10-29-22). First, the BF&M:

III. Man

Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God’s creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

Genesis 1:26-302:5,7,18-2239:6Psalms 18:3-632:1-551:5Isaiah 6:5Jeremiah 17:5Matthew 16:26Acts 17:26-31Romans 1:19-323:10-18,235:6,12,196:67:14-258:14-18,291 Corinthians 1:21-3115:19,21-22Ephesians 2:1-22Colossians 1:21-223:9-11.

Mankind can be described as depraved, which means, “corrupt, wicked, or perverted.” We have taken a bite out of the poison apple (to borrow a phrase from “Snow White), and have been corrupted by evil desires (2 Peter 1:3-4). We are wicked in that we do not consider God in any of our decisions, nor do we include Him in our lives. We are perverted in thinking that it’s all about us and our feelings, cravings, fears, and desires (1 John 2:16). We are enemies of God and alienated from Him by choice (Colossians 1:21). We are turned away from Him and turned to darkness (John 3:19). We are at odds with God.

There are three analogies that speak to the human condition:

  1. The courtroom scene- We each have sinned against a holy God and can not longer stand in His holy presence in our current condition. We need cleansing. Christ’s blood washes us clean and we are once again welcome at the throne of grace (2 Corinthians 5:21Romans 8:1-21 John 1:8).
  2. The hospital emergency room- With sin came sickness to our eyes, our bodies, and our souls. Jesus demonstrated this fact throughout His ministry by healing the body and the soul. In Jesus, we are healed and whole (Mark 2:3-12Mark 2:17Luke 4:18).
  3. The rescue operation- Sin binds, it addicts, and it controls. Jesus came to break our bonds, pull us out of our addiction to sin, and to wrest control from the one who controls us (Satan). In Jesus, we find FREEDOM (Matthew 12:28-29Romans 7:24-25Hebrews 2:14-15)!

But, none of this caught God off-guard. His love for us goes beyond anything we can do, think, see or say. He proved that love on a cross, and died to rise again, thus offering us the gift of life in Him. Aren’t we glad?!

It’s not about us, yet it is. He loves us and has made it all about our salvation. He wants us back! Look at the extent He went through to get us back:

  • Leaving His glory in heaven,
  • Limiting Himself to a human body,
  • Living in the dust of this world with all kinds of people,
  • Dying at the hands of arrogant men,
  • Rising again to new life, and
  • Ascending back to His throne in heaven.

Let’s make life all about Him, shall we?

Abba, it is always good to go back and look at our starting place so that we can see how far we have come by Your mercy and Your grace. In the words of the old Imperials song,

Keep on walkin’
You don’t know how far you’ve come
Keep on walkin’
For all you know it may be done
And the Father
Might be standin’ up right now
To give the call and end it all
So keep on walkin’

Keep On Walkin

I intend to. Amen.

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