Condemned we stood, not unjustly so, for our Judge is completely just.
Condemned -- and no way to coming close to being able to pay the price without forfeiting all. The price itself: death, eternal death. Pay it, we could, but then there would be nothing left to redeem.
Condemned -- and each day only adding to the offense and the debt.
Condemned -- all hope seemed lost.
What hope those words bring.
"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved." (Ephesians 2:4-5, ESV)
Made alive -- through grace.
Raised up and seated in the heavenly places -- through grace.
Experiencing God's mercy and kindness -- through grace.
No longer condemned. No longer living under just judgment. No longer without hope. No longer. Because God in His grace paid the ultimate price and redeemed us. What grace! What love!
Amen and amen.
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