Sunday, February 1, 2009

The Champion

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Salvation is something that touches us so deeply, changes us so completely, and asks of us so little, that it never ceases to cause us to stand in awe of the grace of God. One man described his salvation something like this,
One day, when God had nothing better to do, He began to search the lowest, darkest, most sinful hell holes on this earth for the worst sinner He could find. I was it. He scraped me from among the filth of humanity, took me to Calvary, and showed me what His Son had done for sinners like me. I could not believe that He would offer me so much, on terms so simple, but I had to try. That day I placed my trust in Christ to save me, and, as far as I'm concerned, the greatest of all miracles took place - God forgave my sin and saved my soul from the hell I deserved.
Every Child of God has a similar testimony. Chances are you weren't a drug addict, a wife-beater, a child molester or a crook, but we were all sinners. And we all NEEDED and FOUND a Savior - and much, much more.
That is what Paul is talking about when he asks the question, "What shall we then say to these things?" It is as if he is casting out a net and drawing in all the great salvation truths he has presented thus far. He began this letter with a grand declaration, that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes. And then he proceeds to take us back to our lost condition and bring us again along the road to salvation.
*For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of man.
*There is none righteous, no not one ... For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
*But, where sin abounded, grace did much more abound ... for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
*There is therefore now no condemnation to them who which are in Christ Jesus ... For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
*And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
After God has gone so far to save us, will he leave us helpless in this world? Absolutely not. It is His will that we win in this contest of life, and to insure it, He has put a Champion in our corner. As Phil and Carolyn Cross so vividly portrayed in song, we have a Champion whose "height exceeds the heavens", whose "weight outweighs the world", whose "reach reaches everywhere", whose "age is ever more". He's "more mighty than the mightiest; He reigns from above. He's the all-time, undisputed, undefeated, Champion of Love."


Anonymous said...

Great message and song. I will have to listen to that song again in the near future.