WHO FIRST? by Caleb H.
February 23, 2009, 5:10 am
Filed under: Devotions


by Caleb Hancock

One of my friends recently shared a few verses with me that REALLY ENCOURAGED ME as I reflected on the implications of the words that were shared. Once again, I am amazed at the effects of God’s words in scripture and their affect on my soul. (Although, we shouldn’t be too surprised as scripture relates over and over that this is so!)

But, without further ado, let me share these verses with you as well:

Romans 5:6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Read that again, but not so fast this time. Seriously…do it. (If you’re still reading this, quit being stubborn, look up there and read those verses again!)

These verses speak volumes about the humility of Christ, the Love of God, but they also scream aloud another aspect of our Great God…his sovereignty.

God is the one who initiates Salvation. He is the one who, at the right time, came in flesh to live without sin, and yet bear our sins and receive the just wrath of God the Father in our places at Calvary on the cross. And He is then the one that gives those whom He has called before the foundation of the world new hearts, replacing dead, stone hearts with ones of flesh, that CAN and WANT to fear and obey Him. (Eph. 1, Ezek. 36)

How amazing!

And guys, this sovereign God is faithful to complete the work that He begins. (Phil. 1:6)

In Light of these truths, may we be humbled, encouraged, and then let’s join with Paul and REJOICE in response to God’s work in us!

Romans 5:9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.


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The passage of scripture that screams of God’s humility is in Philippians.
who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Thanks for such scripture filled manspeak posts Caleb! I see your love for the Word everytime I read your posts.

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