It Was Marvelous Grace

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous. – Romans 5:19

Let us for a moment consider what sort of sinners many of us have been, and then we shall see it was marvelous grace that Christ should die for men-not as penitents but as sinners. Consider how many of us have been continual sinners. We have not sinned once, nor twice, but ten thousand times. Our life, however upright and moral it has been, is stained by a succession of sins. If we have not revolted against God in the outward acts which proclaim the profligate to be a great sinner, yet the thoughts of our heart and the words of our lips are swift witnesses against us that we have continually transgressed. And oh! my brethren, who is there among us who will not likewise confess to sins of act? Who among us has not broken the Sabbath-day? Who among us has not taken God’s name in vain? Who of us shall dare to say that we have loved the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength? Have we never by any act whatsoever showed that we have coveted our neighbour’s goods? Verily, I know we have; we have broken His commands, and it is well for us to join in that general confession-“We have done those things which we ought not to have done; we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and there is no health in us.” Now, the sweet thought is, that Christ died for us, whilst He knew that we should be continual transgressors. Men, brethren, and fathers, He did not die for you as those who have committed but one fault, but as those who were emphatically “sinners;” sinners of years’ standing; some of you sinners with grey heads; sinners who have persevered in a constant course of iniquity. As sinners we are redeemed, and by it we become saints. Does not this commend Christ’s love to us, that He should die for sinners, who have dyed themselves with sin as with crimson and with scarlet; great and continual sinners?

My hearer, if thou hast so sinned, do not therefore despair, it may be He will yet make thee rejoice in His redemption.~ C.H. Spurgeon


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