Day10: But Christ died for us while we were still sinners, and by this God showed how much he loves you.
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New Living Translation
8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
I Loved You At Your Darkest
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 NKJV
But Christ died for sinners, neither righteous nor good; not only such as were useless, but such as were guilty and obnoxious; not only such as there would be no loss of should they perish, but such whose destruction would greatly redound to the glory of God’s justice, being malefactors and criminals that ought to die. Some think he alludes to a common distinction the Jews had of their people into ndyqym-righteous, hsdym-merciful (compare Isa. 17:1), and rssym-wicked. Now herein God commended his love, not only proved or evidenced his love (he might have done that at a cheaper rate), but magnified it and made it illustrious. This circumstance did greatly magnify and advance his love, not only put it past dispute, but rendered it the object of the greatest wonder and admiration: “Now my creatures shall see that I love them, I will give them such an instance of it as shall be without parallel.” Commendeth his love, as merchants commend their goods when they would put them off. This commending of his love was in order to the shedding abroad of his love in our hearts by the Holy Ghost. He evinces his love in the most winning, affecting, endearing way imaginable. While we were yet sinners, implying that we were not to be always sinners, there should be a change wrought; for he died to save us, not in our sins, but from our sins; but we were yet sinners when he died for us. – Matthew Henry
God gave His Son to die for us as the payment for our sins – and to break the power of the old sin nature within our hearts, even before we were born – before we ever trusted Christ as Saviour. Christ died for sinners. He did not wait until sinners believed in Him to die for them – Christ died for us while we were still sinners. He died for us before we were saved – while we were still dead in trespasses and sins – while we were still enemies of God. God most certainly proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!
We were sinners and God loathes sin. God hates every kind of evil and we were all guilty before Him and condemned, because the wages of all sin is death. We were due for everlasting destruction and without one single spark of hope in the world. And it was while we were in this sad and sorry state that God demonstrated how deeply He loved us. God proved His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
When we look at the cross we often only think of the forgiveness of sins that is provided – and had forgiveness of sins been the only gift of grace that we received, it would certainly cause eternal rejoicing. But God planned so much more for us through the death of Christ for we were justified and made righteous, sanctified and glorified. We were adopted as sons of God and predestined to become exactly like the Lord Jesus.
We were given an eternal inheritance and made joint-heirs with Christ in His heavenly kingdom. The power of sin and death in our lives was broken forever and because we were positioned in Christ and identified with Him, we were positioned in heavenly places in Christ.
God foreordained all this for us, before the foundation of the world – proving His love towards us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.