For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.
More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Christ did not die for a people eagerly waiting for him, all ‘cleaned-up’ and righteous, looking forward to his death and resurrection. Those looking for him expected a strong king, who would free them from their bondage to their enemies. “In that while we were yet sinners…” Carry that forward to today and we still have many who think they must get ‘cleaned up’ first; before they accept the gift Christ offers.
The parallels of the spiritual and natural or physical world can clearly be seen. Christ is a strong king who will free us from bondage; the bondage of sin under the enemy of our soul. Accepting Christ’s offer of redemption – sin paid for; of salvation – free from bondage to sin and its penalty – death; of life that is abundant; full of hope, peace and love brings us reconciliation with God. Accepting his sacrifice for us gives us righteousness, God’s righteousness. The ‘cleaning up’ comes after we take the trip to the cross and accept what Christ has done for us. It takes faith that this is truth to accept his gifts.