Paid in Full
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. ~Romans 5:8
Debt is a financial or moral obligation that we owe to someone else. Debt is a liability. Debt is an offset against anything we own. As a debtor, I am required to make sure my obligation is paid in full. When that obligation is paid off, we receive notification from our creditor that the debt is paid in full. This morning, let us rejoice in the sin debt that has been paid in full for us through our Lord Jesus Christ.
We see the penalty of sin.
The Bible declares each of us as sinners. We are born with a sin nature. We are, by nature, children of the devil, children depraved, children of darkness, and children who are under damnation. Paul declared that the wages of sin is death. Sin must be punished. The punishment for sin is the wrath of God. As sinners, we cannot save ourselves. We are under the sentence of condemnation, and we have no individual ability or accomplishment that can save us from the penalty of sin. If we die without our sins forgiven and washed away, we will spend all of eternity separated from God in hell.
We see a passionate Sovereign.
“But God commendeth his love toward us.” God loves us! God loves us in spite of our sin. God loves us, even though He declares us guilty and under the condemnation that He has set for sin. His love is unconditional. God loves every sinner. His love is unwithheld. He offers forgiveness of sin and salvation for every sinner. His love is unheard of. God sent Jesus to be the Substitute and Sacrifice for our sins. God demonstrates His love as our Creator and Almighty God. The word “commendeth” means “proved” or “demonstrated.” His love is not cheap talk, but a powerful, one-of-a-kind demonstration that gave His all to prove that He loved us.
We see the propitiation of the Saviour.
“Christ died for us.” The sinless and perfect Jesus took our place on the cross. He is the Just Who died for the unjust. He is the Son of God Who died for the sinner. His shed blood on the cross paid the sin debt for every sinner. His shed blood accomplished what good works, religious affiliation, and personal accomplishments could not do. He bore our sins in His body on the tree. He was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, and the chastisement of our peace was upon Him: and by His stripes we are healed.
We see the payment satisfied.
“Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” The sin debt has been paid in full for every sinner! When a sinner, by faith, believes in the death and shed blood of Christ as the payment for his sins, his sins are washed away and he is completely forgiven. That’s what it means to be justified by His blood. We attain righteousness, which is by faith. Then, we are saved from wrath through Him. The words of Jesus are: “We shall not see condemnation, but are passed from death unto life.” No further payment is needed. The sin debt is paid in full.
If you have not received the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ, call on Him today to forgive you of your sins and receive this free gift. If you are already saved, take time this morning to thank the Lord that your sin debt has been paid in full.
Have a blessed God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 1 Samuel 15-17