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October 20, 2016 • Biblical Thinking

Smug Christian. No Christian.

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Who did Jesus die for? We are quick to answer, “He died for us; for me.” Very true. But why did He die for us? And how does our smugness mix with this?

Christ Died for the Ungodly

Romans 5:6
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

It’s a much-known fact that this stub of rock that we live on is a messed up place. How many poverty-stricken people did I pass today (or if I didn’t pass by anyone like that, how can we live in a world that so fully compartmentalizes the marginalized)? What’s the name of the latest medical scare or epidemic? Who are the people of the world who have threatened what is good and wholesome? When was the last time someone grabbed for water and it was discolored and unsatisfying?

It’s fast and easy for us to think about what is wrong in the world but we are, however, much slower to see what’s wrong in us.

Jesus died for you because he saw the little ball of sin and hopelessness that we all are, and thought it best for His glory, that you should know His name. We were saved not merely from a hell we barely understand but from a life of sin and fruitlessness. The stuff of humanity is awesome and carefully crafted, but it is also now corrupt and tainted.

When the Ungodly Turn to God

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