Tuesday, October 03, 2006

What does the Bible say you look like?

I recently read through Jim Elliff's book "Pursuing God" and was blessed by the truth and the challenge to think from this short book. While I was reading the second chapter I was struck again by my sinfulness and what I really deserve, death and hell. But as I sat and thought about sin, the more I sat in awe and wonder of why the Son of God would come to this earth to die for my sins when He Himself was sinless. The following are a few things I highlighted as I went chapter two of "Pursuing God - A Seeker's Guide" by Jim Elliff.

What does the Bible say you look like without Christ?

There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seek God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is non who does good, no, not one. (Romans 3:10-12)

You'’re not righteous. One man may appear righteous before another man, but before God there is no one truly righteous.

You have no desire for God. Jesus said that people do not naturally come to Christ. "...you can be sure that your desire for God initiates with God Himself."

You are rebellious. The blame for being outside of God's family belongs to you.. You have a nature that turns away from Him and seeks to live independently.

You have become unprofitable. The Bible states that man without Christ is really worthless.

Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit; The poison of asps is under their lips; Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes. (Romans 3:13-18)

Man cannot get out of this situation alone, he cannot overcome his sinful nature. Paul said "“all are under sin"”. Being a refined sinner or even a religious one is still being a sinner.

But Christ died for sinners. He completely satisfied the just wrath of God toward sin for those who will put their trust in Him, though we are deserving of God's wrath.

When you see yourself as you really are, you will find Christ'’s death for sinful people the greatest news you have ever heard.

- from "Pursuing God - A seeker's guide" by Jim Elliff

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