Selwyn’s study for today can be summed up, as follows: “Though it is a great sadness not to have been given love, it is a great sadness to be unloving.”
He concludes with these important words: “So how do those whose hearts feel as if they are surrounded by a wall of concrete accept the fact they are loved by God, who is invisible, intangible and inaudible? [This does not mean that God does not communicate with us – sometimes by using very tangible methods!] I know of only one way. It is to focus on the cross, to linger there and remind oneself of the truth presented in today’s text, that He sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sin. The Holy Spirit breaks down the ‘wall of concrete’ by bringing home to us what Jesus has done for us on the cross.“
The text to which Selwyn refers is Romans 5:1-11 (NLT): “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.
So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. … “
The above verses clearly tell us that Jesus loves us so much that He was prepared to die for us – even, when we were in active rebellion against Him. Paul, stresses this point, over and over again, in his various letters: ‘ …our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies … ‘.
In Matthew 19:16-17, we read: “Someone came to Jesus with this question: “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”
“Why ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good [God/Jesus]. But to answer your question – if you want to receive eternal life, keep the commandments. … ”
There is no one, absolutely no one (prior to being re-born), who is good in God’s eyes; we can only be saved through Jesus’ death on the cross. Any comments?