6th October 2017

The Names In The Book 

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Romans 3:23-24 (NKJV)

If there were such a thing as a book of evil, whose names would be in it?

Probably quite a few people come to mind. Recently a telephone directory, which was found by a British officer at the Nazi HQ in 1945, was sold for £33,000. Among the many names and numbers listed in it are some of Adolf Hitler’s top men, such as Himmler, Goering, Hess and Goebbels. It’s a chilling read.

If we’re honest with ourselves, each of us is a mixture of good and bad. We’re all somewhere on the spectrum of evil. Maybe not at the extreme end where we would place war criminals and mass murderers, but still, in comparatively lesser ways, we might lie, cheat and cause harm to others. Solomon put it neatly in Ecclesiastes 7:20, “For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin.” Even when we’re at our best, the problem of the pull of our sinful nature remains: “There is none who does good, no, not one”, as Paul says (Romans 3:12). All have sinned, and, what’s more, no amount of law-keeping or doing good deeds can make amends for our sinfulness or justify us in the sight of God (see verse 20).

The only thing that makes any difference to our sinful state is the grace of God. This is what Paul is emphasizing to the Roman church. Therefore, those who accept Jesus and participate in His righteousness can be listed, not among those who are evil, but among those who have been justified freely “because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed” (verse 25).

Thus, because of God’s grace, we can be numbered among those whose names are “written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8). 

Prayer
Thank you, Father, that, because of Your grace to us expressed in Jesus, the only Righteous One, our names can be written in the Book of Life. In Jesus’ name.
Amen
 

Study by James Henderson

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