31st March 2020

An Unpayable Debt!

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

How amazing that at March 31st, 2019, the UK’s debt stood at £1.821.3 Billion as published by the Office for National Statistics. It makes you wonder if we can ever repay such a huge debt, especially as we are still adding to it. The national debt is the amount overspent by the government over a number of years and it increases each year by the deficit, which is the government’s overspending in a single year. Now you may be shocked and alarmed by that number. The numbers are too large for us to relate to, but if we ran our personal finances like that we would soon have to evaluate how we spend our money! Many do overspend and struggle with debt. And what about a personal debt that we have that can never be repaid? Perhaps your initial thought is ‘what debt’—my finances are all handled responsibility and I would never run up a debt I could not pay! But we all have such a debt.

The Bible makes clear that the penalty of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. But God, who created humans, knew our weakness and the fact that we would sin in thought and deed. This creates a huge and unpayable debt as we accrue multiple death sentences in an ongoing life of inevitable slips and sins. So, in love, God, in the person of Jesus Christ, came to Earth over 2000 years ago, lived a perfect, sinless life then voluntarily allowed Himself to be crucified and killed in our place (Romans 5:8). Christ, in dying in our place, for each of us individually, paid our debt that we could never repay.

The good news is that God knew we could not pay our debt and He gave His life for us while we were still sinners. How awesome is that? We cannot repay Him—it is a gift. Our header scripture says that nothing can remove us from the love of God. We should come to appreciate the removal of this massive unpayable debt more and more. That God, himself, would die for us to pay our penalty because He loves us so much, does need a response. For us that response is surrendering our life and will to God to the best of our ability. That does not repay our debt, but it does acknowledge that we owe him our lives and it sustains our relationship with God, which is why He lived and died and now lives again—to be with us on our journey through life, and for eternity.

Loving, merciful Father, thank you for the life and sacrificial death of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, paying the penalty for our sins, that debt that we could never repay. How awesome is your love for us! In Jesus’ name we pray and give you thanks.

Study by Keith Hartrick

About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: leeds@gracecom.church

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