Good Gifts

Preaching the Gospel to myself again.

There are many pleasures in this world:  material, familial, and natural.  They are good gifts given by a good God.  They are tainted, of course, by the curse, but still recognizable and still good.  But in themselves they are only pleasures and they are passing away.  Everything dies.

But if I am convinced of my own sinfulness and am convinced of God’s justice and am convinced that I am declared just by the blood of Christ, then all these other blessings are added unto me.  My sins were put on Him and His righteousness was put on me, and he who was without sin became sin for me.  My pardon is paid for.  The laws that I broke, the charges against me, were nailed to the cross.

And this, I know is familiar to many of you:

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:31-39

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