Thought for the morning
Romans 5:8 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
There are two words that begin this verse, “But God”. There are about 40 verses in the scripture where we see these two words that are followed by what He does or has done. These two words are used many times in the New Testament. In the Gospel of Luke, the scribes and the Pharisees reasoned within themselves after the Lord had healed a young man and said his sins were forgiven. They questioned “Who can forgive sins but God alone”” (Luke 5.21) They really had the answer, He was standing right before them!
Later in the same Gospel we see the words, And He said to them,“”You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God”. (Luke 16:15)
When the Lord Jesus walked this earth, He was rejected, ending with Him being crucified, but we have the wordsfrom the Acts of the Apostles “ But God raised Him from the dead. (Acts 13:30)
And years later Paul writes, “ But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. (Rom. 6:17 ) And again he writes, “ But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) (Eph. 2:4-5).
Even today many reject the Risen Lord in non-belief, as it is written “ Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit” (1Thess.4.8)
We each have a time when God personally dealt with us. We all have the common problem of sin which is what separated us from God who loves us. But hopefully there was a time in our lives when we realized how lost we were and we said “ “but God” saved me!
But God sent His Son who went to the Cross and there died, But God raised Him from the dead. Just a thought for the morning.