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5/17/2017 9:28:00 AM
Letter: Accomplishments of Calvary

To The Editor:

Hello people of Jackson County and beyond. Today we want to share with you a wonderful lesson we have learned from God's Word. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Three times in Romans chapter 5 we read that Christ died for us. Verse 6 tells us that He died for us in our weakness, Verse 8 that He died for us in our sin, and Verse 10 that He died for us in our rebellion.

First, Verse 6 says: "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly."

Men sometimes try to make themselves acceptable to God by human effort, but they never succeed. We can't walk or run to heaven, we can't even fly there, and we certainly can't climb there-not even by doing good works. "For by grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9.)

Secondly, Verse 8 says: "God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

Many people feel shut out of heaven, not merely because of a sense of helplessness, but because of a sense of sinfulness and condemnation. To such God proclaims the glad news that "Christ died for sinners" and "came into the world to save sinners." (1st Tim. 1:15.) At Calvary He paid the just penalty for sin-for the sins of all mankind-so that we, by faith, might be "justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." (Romans 3:24.)

Lastly, Verse 10 goes even further, offering hope and grace to those who have resisted God's grace and rejected His Son, for here the greatest Christ-rejecter of all time, Paul the apostle, now gloriously saved, declares: "When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son."

And so the helpless, the sinful, and the rebellious, can find acceptance with God if only they will believe and trust in the finished work of Christ, His death, burial and resurrection as payment for sins today! (1st Corinthians 15:1-4.) What love!

If you would like to learn more please join our small fellowship, Grace Bible Church, as we delve into the scriptures every Sunday at 10 a.m. in the meeting room at Quality Inn. If you have any questions please call Harold and Alice Newkirk at 286-6961 or Keith and Kathy Bolyard at 740-775-7672.

Alice Newkirk, Jackson

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