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Tuesday | 28 June 2016
When Adam and Eve disobeyed the word of God, sin and death entered into the world and spread to every person. Every person born after the fall has ‘another law’ within them. The apostle Paul described this ‘other law’ as a principle of evil that is in our flesh. It is a person’s innate and subconscious desire to preserve their own life and to determine what their life should be like. It is fundamentally self-centred.
Having been separated from the fellowship and life of God, and now living according to the motivations of their own law, mankind degenerated to a state of great wickedness. The Scriptures record that ‘every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually’. Because of the wickedness of mankind, God repented that He made them. However, one man, named Noah, found grace, through faith, for himself and his family. He escaped the flood of judgement that destroyed the whole human race.
We are all here today because we are descendants of Noah and survived the destruction of every living thing because of his faith. Even though mankind has had a reprieve on account of Noah, we are still under judgement and condemnation for our own sin and wickedness. In our natural condition, we are dead to God and alienated from His life because of our wicked works. Since the flood, only those who live by faith and are introduced to the grace that Noah found, can be saved from the destruction of this present creation.
Through the offering of Christ on the cross, we, who were otherwise dead in sin, were made alive, and were reconciled to God. We are reconciled to God and able to be born from above when we believe and receive the word of hope, which is the gospel that is preached to us.
Rom 5:8-10, 12
(8) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (9) Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. (10) For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
(12) Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.
I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, (5) even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).
How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? (15) How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!"