Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Advent -- December 7

December 7

(1 Thessalonians 5:9 ESV) For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Q. 30. Doth God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of sin and misery?

A. God doth not leave all men to perish in the estate of sin and misery, into which they fell by the breach of the first covenant, commonly called the covenant of works; but of his mere love and mercy delivereth his elect out of it, and bringeth them into an estate of salvation by the second covenant, commonly called the covenant of grace.

In this advent series, we turn the corner from what we've done -- utter failure which results in misery, now and forever -- to what God has done. Out of our darkness comes the light of God's love for His people.

We cannot, in our best efforts, which is referred to as works in the catechism, do anything that merits God's attention. But God through His work of grace, a gift that none of us deserve in the slightest, bridges the enormous gulf between us.

1 comment:

Shawn L said...

Very good one and oh how true in such darkness we are without Christ. I think I will use this one with my kids tonight. One of my favorite quotes about what the gospel means to us is this version.

2 Corinthians 4:5-6 "For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."