The Love of Christ for Us

But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”- Romans 5:8

It is the highest commendation of love, that it was Christ who died for us. When sinful man erred from his Maker, it was necessary that God should punish his sin. He had sworn by Himself, “The soul that sinneth it shall die;” and God-with reverence to His all-holy name be it spoken-could not swerve from what He had said. He had declared on Sinai that He would by no means clear the guilty; but inasmuch as He desired to pardon the offending, it was necessary that some one else should bear the sufferings which the guilty ought to have endured, that so by the vicarious substitution of another, God might be “just, and yet the justifier of the ungodly.”

Now, the question might have arisen, “Who is he that shall be the scapegoat for man’s offence? Who is he that shall bear his transgressions and take away his sins?”…”He hath commended His love” to you, my brethren, in that it was Christ, the Son of God, who died for us.~ C.H. Spurgeon


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