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THE HEART OF THE GOSPEL!

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus."

Romans 3:23-26

BIBLE WORD PICTURES OF OUR SALVATION!

 

 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:15

 

 

 

 

 

 

LESSON 1, VERSE 23:

It is probably one of the first verses we all memorized.

It's short.

It's important.

It's from the pen of Paul.

It's God's Word!

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23

But that little verse, fundamental as it is to understanding the Gospel, is only part of a critical Bible Paragraph.

In a short Bible Study that is being called "The Heart of the Gospel," Romans 3:23-26 will be analyzed. Analyzed with awe and wonder and appreciation!

But before anyone can enjoy the eternal life Jesus has provided, he or she must be saved or born-again or washed in the Blood of the Lamb, to use some of the old-fashioned terms. They still work, by the way.

And in order to be saved, one will realize that he is first of all "unsaved!" That he is lost and undone in his sins. That he or she is a sinner.

"Dead in trespasses and sons," Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:1.

So, let's begin: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

The first word in the Text literally is "all." In Greek this is spelled "pas" and means "every" or "each" or "full." It conveys a sense of absolutism also. No exceptions exist.

The verb "have sinned" is spelled "hamartano" and has quite a significant background. The "h" is pronounced but not written in Greek. In fact, Greek has no "h" in its alphabet. The second letter, "a," indicates here a negative meaning, reversing the idea the stem of the word normally would suggest. This "a" is sometimes called the "alpha privative."  Then the root of the word is "meros," a part or piece or share or division of an allotment!

Then, to sin is to miss out on something that had been intended for you! To rob oneself of an inheritance!

And sin does just that!

Sin can deprive a man from Heaven! Sinners can't go there! Sin is an indicator that I wish to rule my own life, rejecting Jesus as Lord! A man under the dominion of sin will never bow his knee or close his eyes or confess with his mouth Jesus Christ as the Son of God! And to miss Jesus is to miss everything!

Sin, which is said to be so much "fun," is really a thief and a murderer!

It will swipe from you true joy and peace and love!

After all, as another short verse thunders, "the wages of sin is death!" And that means eternal death in an everlasting place called Hell! Real fire and pain and consciousness too!

The verb "come short" is "hustereo" and means "to be later" or "to be inferior!" It also can mean "to be worse." It is built upon the root "hupo," meaning "under." Sin never brings with it the "better" things of life! Such a belief is an illusion.

In the King James Bible "hustereo" is three times translated "to lack" and once "to be destitute." It is only used sixteen times in total. Here, and only here in Scripture, it is an indicative present passive third person plural verb! Its passivity suggests that sin brings with it its own spiritual lethargy! Its own spiritual paralysis! One's sin and God's Glory cannot possibly coexist! Furthermore, the plural number here tells us that Paul is talking to all humanity. Because of Adam's and Eve's behavior in the Garden of Eden, we all have been plunged into an abyss of iniquity!

"Glory" too is a critical word. "Doxa" means several things, depending on its context. Grammatically it requires the idea of its mother verb, "dokeo." That means "to think or to consider" but in this sense; to evaluate, to account something's worth! God's very Glory is the sum total of all That He is! The combined essence of all His attributes! Imagine His love and grace and righteousness and justice and eternality and omnipotence and omniscience and omni-presence and immutability and veracity, blending them all together into One ... and you have It, God's Glory!

Sin can thwart my ever truly seeing God, enjoying Him and adoring Him and worshipping Him!

That fact alone makes sin tremendously expensive!

And we are all cursed with its blight!

That's where any accurate presentation of the Gospel must begin! "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."

Indeed!

Thank God, there now is a solution to the sin problem!

Come back tomorrow. You don't want to miss the next verse!

Jesus saves!

                                                                              --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 2, VERSE 24:

The salvation of a lost soul is perhaps the greatest miracle of all time and eternity!

So much happens when a sinner gets saved that we will never fully understand it all, until Heaven of course.

The Bible often explains or describes our being born again through the use of certain "word pictures." These are factual yet practical ways of teaching us spiritual truth.

Here's one now, taken from Romans 3:24. "Being justified freely by his grace ...." These short words comprise only half the verse at hand, but their spiritual weight would have to be expressed in tons!

Keep in mind that today's half-verse does not give the whole picture of salvation. That truthfully takes all the Bible! But we have a good beginning place here.

It is obvious that anything dealing with God's redemptive plan must be based on Grace, His amazing Grace! "Being justified freely by his grace" certainly proves that. The Greek noun "charis" is "grace." It is often defined as "unmerited favor." Also "that which affords joy, pleasure or delight!" It's old-fashioned "good will" or "lovingkindness" too. The noun "charis" is derived from the Greek verb "chairo," translated "to be cheerful!"

We are saved "by" God's Grace. The "case" in which "grace" appears here is dative. Another way the grammarians express this is by calling it the "instrumental" case. We are made right with God "through the instrument of" His manifold Grace!

Now here comes the word picture! We are "justified" by grace. "Dikaioo" is the verb that is borrowed from the courtrooms of earth. The judge would use it often. Literally it means "to declare innocent." It is that which is legally right, even, equitable, hence ... just.

But "justified" as a Bible term may mean a lot more than just "not guilty." It well might imply that the original charges brought against us here in the courtroom can no longer be found! It's as if they disappeared! Justification may not be just saying "arrested, arraigned, indicted, tried and acquitted."  It might be saying, "freed, no record of any wrongdoing at all, just as if he never broke any law!"

"Diokoo" here is expressed as a present participle in the passive voice. It also is in the nominative case, being in the "subject" part of the sentence. And it's plural in number. Paul is addressing the Church at Rome. Once a man is justified, he keeps on enjoying that state of being justified! In the present moment! Also he did not and can not justify himself! The passive verb says it was done to him or for him by Another!

Now all we lack is the adverb. "Dorean" means "without cost." The noun "doran" means a "gift." A gratuity! Free to me and you by God's Grace, but very costly to God! Another idea "dorean" conveys is "without a cause," being translated exactly this way in John 15:25. "Without an ulterior motive." God saved us "freely," not because of what He could get out of us, which initially is nothing anyway. Just because He loved us!

"Freely" using "dorean" exactly as here, is truly the New Testament word for salvation! Watch as I capitalize it for you. "And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely." Then, "And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Revelation 21:6 and 22:17

I a sinner was in jail. The day of my trial had come. I was cuffed and brought to the courtroom. There they were: the judge and lawyers and jury all! Suddenly a conference, an "aside" is held! Then the announcement is made: this man is no longer accused! Not only is he not guilty, no charge against him can be found. He can walk out of this courtroom free and unaccused! Justified indeed!

Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul!

                                                                               --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 3, VERSE 24:

When God saves a soul, washing away his or her sins, He does so by means of a miracle called "redemption."

Read this. "Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." Romans 3:24

We are "made right" with God "through redemption!"

The preposition "through" is spelled "dia" and, when used with a genitive case noun as here, indicates "by means of" something.  God acts to redeem us, being motivated by His sheer Grace and Love and Mercy!

We just must examine that word "redemption." In Greek "apolutrosis" combines the prefix and preposition "apo" with a short little root verb, "luo." When blended they mean "to be loosed," specifically "to be loosed from" something! The initial word picture is one of a person who is bound, in chains perhaps, hopelessly constrained, being set free from his shackles! But somehow "apolutrosis" made its way into the world of finance, the marketplace. Precisely, the Roman slave market! I was a slave to my sinful nature, my sins holding me down ... but Jesus came and paid the Ultimate Price, His Shed Blood, and set me free! Such a price is called a "ransom."

Jesus IS our Ransom too! Listen to Him in Matthew 10:45. "For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." The noun "ransom" here is spelled "lutron."

But this redemption, great as it is, cannot be obtained just anywhere!

Only one Source exists!

Again our Text speaks, "through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus."

Redeemed ... "in" Christ Jesus!

This preposition is spelled "en," and with the dative case "Christ Jesus" means "in, on, at, near, by, before, among or within!" It is as if I could step "into" the very Person of Christ Jesus, and thereby experience His great plan of Redemption! In fact, that is exactly what Paul teaches in Romans chapter six among other places! The Holy Spirit takes us old repenting sinners and places us, baptizes us, immerses us, into the very Body of Christ! "By one Spirit are we all baptized into one body," declares 1st Corinthians 12:13. This happens the very second we are saved!

And Who does this?

Literally ... "The Christ, Jesus" does so!

Jesus is the Christ! He is Messiah! He is God's Anointed One! He is the Saviour, the Deliverer!

The Virgin-born Man is God indeed!

God came to earth in a human body!

Lived sinlessly!

Died vicariously, in our stead!

Was buried, but three days later literally arose from the Grave!

Forty days later ascended to Heaven!

Now sits at the Right Hand of God, saving sinners and interceding for saints!

A glorified Redeemer!

Like the great Hymns of the Faith have said for years, we have been redeemed! Set free! The Price has been fully paid! Jesus paid it all!

I, an old ex-slave, have now been "loosed" from my chains!

May God be praised!

                                                                            --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 4, VERSE 25:

Today the word is "propitiation."

This noun, along with a verb and a prepositional phrase, give us a powerful picture of what God was doing at Calvary.

"Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood," announces Paul in Romans 3:25.

The pronoun "Whom" has as its antecedent the last two words of the previous verse, "Christ Jesus."

God the Father, being the great Architect of salvation, required "propitiation" before any sinner could be saved. This word, "hilasterion," is interesting! It literally means "to please" someone. That is, "to placate" him. In other words, "to conciliate" a person.

While this old-fashioned definition is no longer used as much, liberals now inventing new "models" of the Atonement, "propitiation" is the act whereby Jesus through His holiness and obedience and precious Blood being shed on the Cross, satisfies the Holy Righteousness and Sinless Anger of an Almighty God!

God, who is angry at sin, must judge it harshly! Sin's wages demand death, eternal death in a placed called Hell! Truthfully the wrath of God right now still abides on any sinner who has not repented. But Jesus, by His vicarious Death, took that Vengeance of God upon Himself, bearing our stripes, pleasing and satisfying and fulfilling the Requirements and Character of Father God, thus making salvation possible for the likes of you and me!

One definition of "hileos," a root word behind "hilasterion," is "cheerful!" An angry God, Hater of sin, is so pleased through the sinless Blood and ineffable Death of Jesus, that sinners can now accept Jesus' propitiation of God His Father as something done in their stead!

Oh, one more thought! The only other time in the whole New Testament that "hilasterion" is used is in Hebrews 9:5 where it is translated "mercy seat!" Read it. "And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the MERCYSEAT; of which we cannot now speak particularly." Literally, Jesus "mercyseated" God the Father at the Cross! Jesus' Death, with its substructure of sinlessness and obedience and coming resurrection, essentially included Blood atonement! Such a Death proved effective and successful at redeeming sinners!

God is satisfied!

Pleased!

"This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him," said the Father of Jesus in Matthew 3:17 and 17:5 too!

It is this Jesus, God's propitiating Son, Whom God "sets forth" as the Means of Salvation! The verb "protithemi" means "to place" (in Greek "tithemi") "before" or just "in front of" (in Greek "pro") someone. It means "to expose to view!" At times even "to expose to public view!"

When "protithemi" is framed as an indicative aorist middle verb, much is being said. God did this only once. That was enough! Jesus will never have to die again! The Price of our redemption has been paid ... in full! The Cross of Calvary is a fact, not a wish or longing! And its enactment, Jesus' Death there, changed the heart of God! Changed Him in this way, a lost sinner now coming to God through Jesus our great Propitiation can also, once washed in the Blood of the Lamb, please God! Can be saved! Born again!

Men of God, that's Preaching the Gospel! Holding forth and announcing and focusing our attention on Jesus ... crucified and buried and risen from the grave!

But how is this "propitiation" made a reality? On our side? "Through faith in Jesus' Blood!" The Greek noun "haima," father of such English words as "hematology," means blood! But Jesus had special Blood! Incorruptible Blood! Sinless Blood! Divine Blood! Saving Blood! Essential Blood for our salvation!

"Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His Blood."

The preposition "through" is great also. "Dia" when used with the genitive case "faith" means "by means of" such a thing! Faith is the "channel" or the "pipeline" through which our salvation flows, our propitiation! But not just any kind of faith, "faith in Jesus' Blood" is required! Now another preposition is used, "en" in Greek. With its accusative object, "Blood," this little "en" means "at, near, by, on or before," as well as "in!" Then, it's all about the Blood too, Jesus' Blood!

And ladies and gentlemen, that's the Gospel!

The very heart of the Gospel!

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 5, VERSE 25:

Yes, the Bible does have some places that are "hard to understand."

This inspired Book of God is designed by the Lord Himself to be helpful to those who are spiritually "little children," then to the more mature "young men," and finally to those who are long settled in their faith, "fathers" as John called them. See 1st John 2:13.

Peter said this about some of Paul's writing. "Even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood ...." 2nd Peter 3:15-16

Well, today we have come to such a place, a "hard to understand" line of Holy Scripture.

Here's our whole verse, half of which we studied yesterday. It's talking about Jesus, "Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God." Romans 3:25

As you already realize, that last part, "to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God," must be today's focus.

God is righteous!

He is never wrong!

Any sin that's ever forgiven, past or present or future, must be washed away according to some plan that remains consistent with God's Person, His Character and Essence. Not to do so would make God less than Holy, less than Righteous, therefore less than God!

He has therefore designed a way by which He can forgive sins, doing so without a single violation of His Own Nature! Yes, God can be both "faithful and just" and still "forgive us our sins!" That's what 1st John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

God wants His Righteousness "declared" too! "Endeixis" is the verb. Its root, "deiknuo," means "to show" or even "to show off" something! Once in the King James Bible, Philippians 1:28, it is translated "evident token." And once more, 2nd Corinthians 8:24, it is rendered "proof."

God did right even when He allowed Abraham into Paradise, and Moses and Elijah, and all other Old Testament saints too! He did not "excuse" anyone's sin ... at least not permanently!

Old Testament sins were "covered" or "atoned" by the blood of an innocent animal. Those transgressions were temporarily set aside until Jesus could come and die for the lost, thereby washing away such sin by the power of His Blood, by His substitutionary Death! Yet there's a vast difference between sins being "covered" and their being "washed away!"

This Righteousness of God is clearly "preached" at the Cross of Calvary! If Noah and his kin are to be saved ... Jesus would still have had to come and die! This is true from patriarchs to prophets to peasants!

The noun "remission" is spelled "paresis," blending "eimi" (the verb "to be") and "para" (the preposition "alongside") into a  unit. It means a "letting go" or a "loosening" of something. It means "to overlook" or to "pass by" something. Now remember, this "passing by" of former sins, Old Testament violations, is NOT a matter of divine disregard, but merely of temporary necessity, until Jesus could come and die as our Sinless Savior!

"Sins" here is the common noun "hamartema," errors and failures and rebellions and wickednesses which have caused mankind to miss God's richest blessings!

Remember our verse, declaring God's goal, "to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God ...."

The participle or verbal adjective "past" translates "proginomai," things that have "happened" or that have "come to pass" during a "former" time, a time "prior" to the present.

Even then, God has allowed such only through His great "forbearance." This gracious noun, "anoche,"  is built upon a verbal stem, one meaning "to hold" (in Greek "echo") "up" (the prefix "ana") something. To "put up with it" until a better thing has arrived! To tolerate it!

Paul in Acts 17:30 literally says that God "winked at" such sins! There the verb "hupereidon" means "to overlook" or "to take no notice." Again, only until Jesus could come and die on the Cross! And even with that ... an innocent little lamb or dove or goat or an innocent big ox or bullock had to die as an emblematic atonement.

God is so good!

Looks to me like the Old Testament saints were "saved" by looking forward to Jesus' Death on the Cross ... while we alive today are "saved" by looking back to it! We all have the same Savior, believe in the same Bible and are washed in the same Blood!

Today it is as if we have visited a courtroom of civil law or maybe just a judge's chambers or office! The technicalities of our salvation must be clearly delineated. The contract must be precise. No "loopholes" can exist!

Romans 2:4 uses a term that is certainly applicable here, "the riches of the goodness of God!"

Amen!

                                                                          --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 6, VERSE 26:

Paul mentions two periods of time.

In Romans 3:23-26 he does.

There are "sins that are past," with which God dealt at Calvary.

Then there is "at this time" also a great declaration of God's Righteousness, again being a reference to the old rugged Cross of Christ.

Our last Lesson, easily accessible on "The Heart Of The Gospel" Page, analyzed those "past" sins. Apparently these are the sins of Old Testament people, sins committed before Jesus came to die for our salvation.

But today we must concentrate on the phrase "at this time."

Here's the whole verse, Romans 3:26. "To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus."

Remember that "declare" is in Greek "endeixis." It means  to prove something! To clearly show it to be fact! To demonstrate! To manifest by action!

The Cross at Golgotha was God's Road Sign!  A giant Billboard! It still is! God's very "Proof" that He loves us! The single greatest Act of history!

And the noun "time" is not just a chronological term. Spelled "kairos," it means something like "a window of opportunity!" Or a "season" of time. Twice in the King James Text it is "due time!" For example, "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly." Romans 5:6

The preposition "at" is in Greek "en" and illustrates how Jesus stepped "into" time to be our Virgin Born sinless Saviour! Heaven apparently knows no time constraints!

Then comes the noun "righteousness," which we've already studied back in Verse 24 when God "justified" us sinners! But let's notice it again. Bible words are so vast in meaning that one cannot exhaust their treasures in one sitting anyway!

Plus this fact, the heart of the word "righteousness" is used three times in our current verse! That's unusual! Watch as I capitalize the word "dikaioo" or one of its cognates. "To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." Romans 3:26

Here we have a noun, an adjective, and a verb ... all kin to each other! All having the same basic meaning, just adjusted to reflect the duties of each appropriate part of speech.

"Righteousness" or "dikaiosune," means the "straightness" of God! He is not crooked! It means the "evenness" of God! He is not inconsistent! The "innocence" of God! He has never done wrong!

The fact that God, at Calvary, never once compromised His being "just" is a beautiful thought! "Just," spelled "dikaios," indicates the state in which God was found as He saved the lost, redeemed sinners ... because of the Cross!

God did not "fudge" at the Cross!

He did not lower His Standards one bit!

He had to devise some way in which sin-stained long-imperfect men and women could be made pure and holy, just as pure as God Himself! In fact, that's an accurate "Sunday School" definition for "justification." That is, "Just-as-if-I-had-never- sinned!"

God stayed right, yet was able to forgive the lost! Because of Jesus' powerful Death on Calvary!

That makes God the "Justifier" of sinners, the Just Justifier! God is not only Right, by means of Jesus' Sacrifice, Jesus' Blood, now God makes us Right too! In Jesus, believing on Jesus, trusting Jesus, having been apprehended by Jesus ... I am now "right" in God's Eyes also!

And that's the last key verb here, "believeth!"

Literally it says that God is the One "justifying the believing ones, those 'leaning on' and 'trusting in' Jesus as their Saviour!"

What a verse!

This is a poor illustration but it's as if the same man hit a baseball, then instantly ran to centerfield and caught that same ball, then hurried into second base and executed a double play on a sluggish runner who had fallen down! What a ballplayer!

God initially had the idea of Salvation! He's the Originator!

Then God came to earth to die for us sinners!

Then God drew us unto Himself, imparting to us the very desire to be saved!

Then God keeps us and, from Heaven as The Perfect Intercessor, prays for us constantly!

Then God, as you know, is coming back to get us some day!

God has done it all!

Mankind can't brag about a thing!

Indeed, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

Amen!

                                                                             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

 

LESSON 7, CONCLUSION:

Such great words of salvation!

Romans 3:23-26, inspired Scripture indeed, presents to us the very heart of the Gospel. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus."

See "justified" and "justifier" and "just," classic courtroom terms!

Then there's "redemption," straight from the world of commerce, usually involving a slave-market in Paul's time.

And "propitiation" comes from the Temple, the world of religion!

While "remission" is a banker's term, the world of finance being implied!

And even "sins," perhaps most surprising of all, is an expression often used in a will, a legal document! Literally, "to miss one's inheritance" is the precise term we have here! Also "to miss the mark" is an acceptable definition. That might come from the world of the archer, bows and arrows and such!

Word pictures of salvation!

But today even more need to be added. These all loosely fit under the glorious banner of being "saved!" What a word, Biblical to the core! From Acts: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." From Romans: "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." From Corinthians: "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." From Ephesians: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." From Titus: "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us." And we have just begun!

But what does it mean to be "saved?"

Thinking these thoughts gives the Believer in Christ a fuller picture and deeper appreciation of what Jesus did at Calvary!

For example, consider 1st Corinthians 15:57, "But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." This verse takes us to a battlefield! A war zone! Salvation is the victory Jesus won when the devil was defeated at the Cross! Satan was attacked and robbed, "spoiled" Paul says, during those Hours of agony! The devil has already lost the battle!

Then Galatians 4:5 tells us that God sent Jesus ... "To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons." Here we visit family court! Upon being saved, the new Christian is adopted into God's very family, being legally placed there as a adult son or daughter! An infant spiritually, needing the milk of God's Word to grow, but an adult with full family privileges legally!

And 2nd Corinthians 5:19 gives us an interesting view too. "God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them." Reconciliation, a Latin term, means "to bring together again!" "Concilare" is a verb, "to make friendly!" Two people who have been separated, divided by whatever, having been brought back together in peace! Now we're in a Counselor's Office! A therapist is at work!

Let's close with at least one Old Testament reference. Jesus is often prophesied there! "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5 tells us this. Sinners are sick people, spiritually sick! Read Isaiah 1:4-6. "Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment." But Jesus the Great Physician has come! He intervenes and heals our sin-sick souls!

I once hard a Preacher say that he had counted 64 things God did for us the moment He saved us!

I was astounded!

And while this Preacher no doubt is quite a brilliant man, surely he has underestimated!

We will not know until we reach Heaven just what all God did for us ... when He saved our lost souls from Hell!

Praise His Good Name!

                                                                                --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

WHAT A JOURNEY THROUGH GOD'S BEAUTIFUL PLAN OF SALVATION! ONLY ETERNITY WILL REVEAL ITS FULL BEAUTY AND GLORY!

 

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