No man is self-existent and no man decided when he must be born. Man did not ask God to create him. He was formed out of God’s own will. Man is thereby a project of God’s love forever. Man, however, sins against God and brings a curse on his life (Gen. 3), yet God is still mindful of this creature (Ps 8:4). Following our discussion on the value of man, we seek to find out:
- How God still loves this wretched sinner
- Why God brought His Son to pay the price for man’s redemption
- Who is this man who has sinned against God?
GOD’S LOVE FOR THE WRETCHED SINNER
As a result of Adam’s sin in Gen. 3, every man is by nature born a sinner. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Rom 5:12 KJV). The result of this sinful nature has rendered man helpless and robbed him of his benefits and his right position in God’s creation. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23 KJV). Man, who was created to be the crown of God’s creation is now found with no honour. However, God, who is Love and created man out of love, has an immeasurable love for His created being and plans for man’s redemption. The exhibition of this act of redemption by God, possibly prompted the question, “What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him?” (Ps 8:4 KJV). From our previous discussions we learnt some of the reasons why God showed concern for man. We understand that man is a creature of love; formed by God with love and care. Man is not a mistake from God; he is a creature of careful thought not an afterthought. God planned and designed man. Man is created in God’s image. When man sinned, God’s image and reputation was at stake. In addition, man is a creature with great potential; God has deposited gifts and talents in man.
When man sinned, the unconditional love of God created an environment for forgiveness; an avenue for man’s restoration.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8 KJV). Man’s redemption was not free.
WHY GOD BROUGHT HIS SON TO PAY THE PRICE FOR MAN’S REDEMPTION
The price for man’s redemption cost the life of God’s only begotten son, Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 KJV). The life of Jesus Christ as the price for the redemption of man teaches us the value of man. One’s price is equal to one is worth. “For both He (Jesus) that sanctifieth and they (human beings) who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause He (Jesus) is not ashamed to call them brethren” (Heb 2:11 KJV). Both the Saviour and the saved one in value therefore God evaluates us the same way He sees Jesus, so He is not ashamed to call us His children. If one fully understands this, one will stop sinning. One will be ungrateful to God for having demonstrating this much love and yet disregard it. A good understanding of God’s love is the cure for sin.
WHO IS THIS MAN WHO HAS SINNED AGAINST GOD?
If we know our true worth we will value our being. There’s a place in God we must know, then we can enjoy the full benefits of God’s love. The Apostle Paul puts it this way, “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (Eph 4:18 KJV). What we seem to be enjoying is just the surface of God’s enormous blessings. Satan is not the reason for our lack of breakthrough. God’s love is unlimited, the Bible says in Rom 8:32 that, “He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Rom 8:32 KJV). Satan is not stronger than God’s love neither can feelings born out of pain alter God’s love. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Rom 8:35 KJV). Man is simply inseparable from God’s love.
No matter the extent of our sins, God is mindful of us; His love makes way for forgiveness. To benefit from God’s love, we must repent and ask God for mercy. God is patient with us because we are His patients. God will not crucify us because He has already crucified Himself for us. Our destinies will not be wasted. God is helping us, you are blessed
Points for reflection:
- How is God’s love for the wretched sinner
- What is the worth of man?
- How does God react to sinful man?