Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Worthless rotten sinners?

In Evangelical circles we often hear we are unworthy of God's love. Is this true? It depends on what we mean.

If we were worthless, why would God send his Son; the Son who the Father holds in highest regard and of utmost value; the Son of his infinite love and affection, to take upon himself our just judgment and assign to us his perfect righteousness. The very fact that God the Father was willing to sacrifice someone of infinite worth (his only begotten Son) says something of our worth, does it not? God must have felt we were worth it or he wouldn't have gone to such radical measures to restore us to Himself.

Can we be of great worth and actually worthy of his love while totally undeserving at the same time?

Are we splitting hairs? I think not. We in no way deserve what God has provided. In essence we tell God by our actions and attitude to go "pound sand." Certainly nothing lovely or deserving about that. This is abundantly clear. Grace in itself says we can never do enough or be good enough to earn God's love and therefore we can and never will participate in God's uninhibited love. Without Gods intervention and provision we are toast.

It is not until you acknowledge and believe these things (a matter of the heart) that you can truly receive and experience God's love. The degree or depth to which you believe these things to be true is the degree and depth to which you will experience them to be true. 

But this is very different than saying we are not worthy or worth God acting in love on our behalf. If true, than why are we worth it? Is it due to something we have done? No! It has to do with who we are, who God has made us to be. This has nothing to do with what we have done for or by ourselves.

Why are we of such great value to God? Because we are like God. We are God's image bearers and therefore highly valued by God. Would not God value His image in us? We are after all the only created being that is like God himself. We alone have the capacity to receive God's love and return his love in a way (the same way the Father, Son and Spirit give and receive it) that the rest of his creation cannot. This brings him joy and the honor and glory he rightfully deserves in a way nothing else in creation can. But this is Gods doing not ours. He made us this way, in his image, not us (click here for more discussion).

Psa 100:3  Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Our attempts to be in right standing with God through our independent efforts are worthless or worse yet are as "filthy rags." But we are not worthless.

In order to become worthless we had to have worth to begin with. So what made us become worthless? Our not conducting ourselves as God's image bearers i.e. not living to and for God's glory and honor as we were designed to.

Rom 3:12  All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; (why?---->) no one does good, not even one."

Being in Gods image alone however is inadequate to restore us back to God because we rebelled and rejected his design for us and this original status. Thus requiring God to restore us back to fellowship with him by doing for us what we could never do for ourselves i.e. by removing the consequences of our not loving God as we ought and were designed to and in the place of our unrighteous distrust of God along with all it's consequences, offering us his righteousness as a gift i.e. by and through grace.

So there is nothing we can do to earn God's love. His love was and is totally undeserved but we are absolutely worth it or God wouldn't have done it.


Some other links that look at different aspect of this are as follows. 



2 comments:

  1. Let's think about this for a minute.

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  2. What is it that we deserve since we willfully disobeyed God our Fathers prime direct order "DO NOT". If some one says don't Go that direction and there's a sign from God. What do you think He was saying.. What where you thinking knuckled Head why didn't you listen to Me.. Maybe there was something He didn't want us to do..

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