Who's Worthy?

It's easy to make this mistake regarding Grace, but it's extremely important that we correct it. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible

“You are worthy,” the pastor told his congregation. “Christ wouldn’t have died for you if you weren’t worthy.”

This is a common misunderstanding. 

Instead, we must understand: "God does not love us because we are valuable. We are valuable because God loves us." Fulton John Sheen

“No one understands, no one seeks for God…." Romans 3:11

"They have together become worthless…." Romans 3:12

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." Romans 3:23-24

"Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No….” Romans 3:27

It's important to remember that we are thoroughly unworthy of Christ’s sacrifice.

We desperately need to understand how great Christ's grace is...how undeserved...how miraculous...how sweet...how awesome...how wildly extravagant (Romans 12:1; 1 Corinthians 6:20).  

"You are worthy, O Lord,” and we are not, but You love us and have made us valuable (Revelation 4:11).
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Read the complete passage in Romans 3: Romans 3:11-27

 
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It's easy to make this mistake regarding Grace, but it's extremely important that we correct it. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible

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10 comments:

  1. Hi Gail - great reminder that is Christ in us that makes us worthy
    God bless
    Tracy

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  2. Amen! All of our righteousness is as a filthy rag. I'm so grateful to be clothed in His righteousness! May the Lord bless you!

    Paulette

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  3. And yet...because of His sacrificial love, my life has great value.

    Market value is set by the price someone is willing to pay.

    Christ paid for our redemption with His own life-blood...thereby declaring us to be more valuable than His own life.

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    1. Hi Joe,
      It's wonderful to know Christ loves us enough to give His life for us, and I think that is your intent in your comment. But I think it's good to haggle over words a bit so we don't misunderstand.

      Market value is not a great analogy for Christ's sacrifice because it is the greatest act of Grace in the universe. And grace means unmerited and undeserved. If we were worthy of Christ's life, it would simply be fair payment, not grace. And Christ's willingness to "pay" for us does increase our value, but it doesn't declare our lives more valuable than His life.

      Again, I'm sure you weren't trying to diminish the value of Christ's life with your comment, but sometimes it's important to make detailed distinctions.

      Thanks,
      Gail

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  4. Isaiah 43:4 NLT
    Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.

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  5. Matthew 6:25-30 NLT
    “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life— whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? [26] Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? [27] Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? [28] “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, [29] yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. [30] And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

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  6. God Loves me and says that I am worthy even in my sinful state! I am can't earn God's Love because I already have His Love! Love isn't something to be bought but to be Given! Grace is Love in Action telling us even though we fail God He still Loves us and is for us and values us! Love is Value! We Love what we value! Who ever Loved something they thought was unworthy of their Love? God Values us! He is For us! He wants us! He died for us! We are worthy not deserving! We can't boast that we earned God's Love because God is Love, it is what He does! He Saves us because of who He is, we don't Save ourselves, but God Saves us because He think we are worth Saving! What Paul is saying is that don't get full of yourself, your good works, but get full of God's Love, His Spirit, be full of the Spirit because God is the Source of Love, not us! Paul is saying be humble and realize that we need God to Fill us and Save us, that we can't Fill and Save ourselves!

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    1. Hi Dominic,
      I agree that we are loved by God, enjoyed by God, and precious to God. Nothing that I've written denies those truths.

      But Scripture says we are not worthy of Christ's death, and I'm believing Scripture.

      You say we are worthy but not deserving and that's contradictory.

      But if you genuinely believe we are worthy of Christ's death, then you are saying He simply paid what He owed to have us in His family. There's no grace involved. We are worth the price he paid.

      That's blasphemy.

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  7. Jesus said in the Olivet Discourse Matthew 24 to pray to be accounted worthy to escape all these things and to stand before the Son of Man

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