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"The High Cost of Grace"
Beginning in verse 23, "For all have sinned and fall short of the
glory of God and are justified freely by His grace through the
redemption that came by Jesus Christ. God presented him as a
sacrifice of atonement through faith in His blood. He did this to
demonstrate His justice because in His forbearance He had left the
sins committed before Him unpunished. He did it to demonstrate His
justice at the present time so as to be just and the one who
justifies those who have faith in Jesus. I received a letter this
week. The people at a local blood service were telling me how much
they need my blood. They stated it was a matter of life and death.
It is my job to tell you how much you need the blood of Jesus
Christ. It is a matter of life and death. Through out the Word of
God there is an axiomatic principle that cannot be missed and that is
this: Sin cannot be tolerated. Adam and Eve, outside the Garden of
Eden, kept away from there by a guard, scratching in a cruelly
unproductive soil. Why? Sin cannot be tolerated. Can you imagine
the bodies of drowned people thumping against the ark of Noah, a
mute, yet powerful testimony to the fact that in the mind and heart
of God sin cannot be tolerated. Can you see and smell the carnage
and destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah? Sin cannot be tolerated but
there is one place where the demanding punishment of sin is merged
with the unconditional love of God. It is the cross of our Lord
Christ. Here God is both just and the justifier. It is here that
the Lord God who never broke a sweat in creation, who could speak day
and night and earth and heaven and creatures into being and yet could
not atone for our sins with words but must do it with His blood.
Every great gift must be bought. Oh, not by one who receives the
gift but by the one who gives it. Don't ever say when a preacher
declares, "you are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Chri ...
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