Only God Can Save Us.
The Old Testament is filled with bad news! We see rebellions against God all through the pages of old. From Lucifer to the nation of Israel, God has suffered painful betrayals. We can’t view the Old Testament and judge the people in it as worse than us. The Old Testament is an example of our inability as humans to save ourselves and to follow God property.
The Old Testament proves the need for Christ. The Apostle Paul makes this point very clear when he states, “I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” Galatians 2:21 (NIV) What Paul is saying is that if we can save ourselves then Christ die for nothing; Christ made a fool out of himself.
I believe that this idea that we can decide to be saved has cause a lot of problems in the church. This has open doors to a lot of people that are in church, some serving in ministry, who are simply not saved. We have manipulated people into repeating worthless prayers. These prayers of repentance are indeed worthless, unless God has done the work explained in Ephesians 2:8-9,
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. (NIV)
These verses tell us that we are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from ourselves; it is a gift from God. It also tells us why this is so, “…so that no one can boast.” Again, if we possess the ability to save ourselves, if we can make such decisions, then there is simply no reason for the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sin is what separate us from God. The Prophet Isaiah tells us, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2 (NIV) Sin is our problem; we can’t stop sinning. The Apostle John tells us, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” First John 1:8 (NIV). Eden could not keep Adam and Eve from sinning. The Law of Moses could not us from sinning either. Romans 8:3-4 tells us,
For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (NIV)
The prophets did not keep Israel from sinning. All through the pages of the Old Testament we see God’s own people struggles with sin and, eventually betraying God all together. Beloved, the church and not even the indwelling of the Holy Ghost can keep us from sinning. So, what is our hope? Our hope is solely in God and the gift of His Son Jesus Christ. Only He can carry our sins. On the cross Jesus became the perfect sacrifice, the ultimate and the last sacrifice for the remission of the sins of humanity. That my friends, is good news!
To be continued…