God created us to live in community with him, but we sinned through our first parents, Adam and Eve. We sinned through them and we continue to sin through our own bodies.
God, out of need of nothing and purely for his own glory, desired to justify men, but could not and cannot abide sin. Therefore, God clothed himself with humanity as the God-man Jesus Christ, he was born as a baby, lived a sinless life, and then died a sinner’s death on the cross for our sin as our substitute. On the cross, God poured out his wrath against sin on Jesus; thereby, God is just in that he punishes sin and he is the justifier of those who have faith in Jesus’ atoning work.
Three days later, Jesus defeated death and walked out of the tomb thereby rendering the wages of sin powerless over those who are in Christ through faith. For the wages of sin is death, but Christ has bound eternal death and it no longer reigns over those who are in him.
Because mankind stands as unrighteous within himself and with no ability to make himself lovely to God, we are receivers of grace. We cannot add anything to our justification or ever lose it; we cannot make God happy but depend solely on the perfect obedience and sufficient death of Jesus Christ to satisfy God’s fury against sin and to give us new life eternal. The gospel produces humble and confident joy because of the power of Jesus at work for us, in us, through us, and sometimes in spite of us.
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