Bible Passage:Gal 1:4a
Who gave Himself for our sins.
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Paul speaks of nothing but Christ, and therefore in every word there is a fervency of spirit and life. And mark how well and to the purpose he speaks. He does not say: Which have received our works at our hands, nor, Which have received the sacrifices of Moses' law, worshipings, etc.; but, hath given - what? Not gold, nor silver, nor beasts, nor paschal lambs, nor an angel, but Himself! For what? Not for a crown, not for a kingdom, not for our holiness and righteousness, but "for our sins." These words are very thunderclaps from heaven against all kinds of righteousness. Again, by this sentence it is declared that our sins are so great, so infinite and invincible, that it is impossible for the whole world to atone for one of them. Here is to be marked the infinite greatness of the price bestowed for our sin, and then it will be evident that the power of it is so great, that by no means could it be put away except the Son of man be given for it. Furthermore, this sentence sets out to the conscience of all men are terrified with the greatness of their sins, a singular comfort. For, although sin be never so invincible a tyrant, yet notwithstanding, forasmuch as Christ has overcome it through His death, it cannot hurt them that believe in Him. Especially mark well the pronoun our. You who judge yourself unworthy of this grace, should from your heart say and believe that Christ was given for your sins also. The chief knowledge and true wisdom of Christians is to count these words of Paul true and of great importance, that Christ was delivered for our sins.
He breaks the power of canceled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean;
His blood avails for me.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
It isn't whether we win or lose, it is "Do we stand faithfully?"
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