I was about to title this post “How much does God love us?” but then I thought to myself about the exact sentence that spurred today’s writing. I’ll go ahead and give it to you so if you want to stop reading after this, at least you read the most important part of this whole thing. The word “justify” in regards to Christianity…
It does not even mean that he [God] makes the sinner a good man. It means that God treats the sinner as if he had not been a sinner at all.
That’s it. That’s how God loves us. Of course there is more to unwrap from it, including how MUCH God loves us (enough to send his son to take our place in death), but as I was reading today this is the line that jumped out at me so, so, so much. I’ve posted in the past about a book I found at a local thrift store (shout out to Thriftsmart!) and you wouldn’t believe what happened the other day that totally relates to that book. It’s a story for another post but long story short, this excerpt is from The Daily Study Bible Series – The Letter to the Romans. It’s by William Barclay who delivers the thought as he is commenting on Romans 1: 16-17.
I can’t say enough about this series of books. Well, that’s actually more literal than anything, as I’ve only had two books from it (Hebrews, and now Romans). But at this point I’d say these two books have shed SO MUCH light on the background of the writings in the Bible and I don’t know if I’m just hungry for it, or what, but it’s like the perfect spiritual steak when you’re perfectly hungry.
Do you have any experiences with this study series? If so, which books and what did they mean to you? Comment below, can’t wait to hear from you!
-Out of the Wilderness