But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus. ... Romans 3:21-24

We Americans are living through a major recession. This is more than a nationwide reality; it is a worldwide experience. This economic downturn offers amazing opportunities, but none of those are for the fainthearted. One must be certain he (she) is addressing a genuine need and has the needed finances to bring the project to completion.

The foundation of the project must be built around an ideal product--addressing a universal need, worthy of sacrifice, and affordable to an enormous range of people.

God invested in a morally bankrupt humanity at a moment of enormous moral recession. His investment utilized His every act, His every involvement with people for centuries. Everything God did in the past bore witness to this amazing thing. His investment was not limited—He did not hesitate to give His own son, and His son did not hesitate to be God’s gift. The human need God addressed was universal! Every person needed it. The divine product also was attainable! Incredibly, it was available to every person—every person literally could have access to God’s gift! What God offered/made available could be found nowhere else—it was truly unique!

Amazingly, God not only addressed a universal need, not only used all His past acts to declare the uniqueness of what He offered, not only made His product accessible, but He also provided this product (a) as a gift and (b) verified His own character in providing it.

Whatever did God provide in such a harsh moral climate? Redemption from personal moral failure! To whom did He provide it? Everyone! How could all cultures, societies, and levels of humanity have access to what God did? Through confidence in what God did in Jesus Christ! Is God’s gift available to us? Yes, if we trust what God did!

What God does for us in Jesus Christ is beyond our imagination! God works; we accept! Through Jesus’ blood God redeems, and we gratefully accept through an obedient response.

David Chadwell

West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, AR
Bulletin Article, 23 August 2009

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