“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
The cross of Christ is the epitome of the love of God, the only true and reliable love and will last and bring us safely to eternity. It is eternal love, everlasting love that God has for His people. We do not have that love.
Our human nature and behaviour is set against the Lord. Our whole psyche and being is dead set against the Lord and we do not seek Him or love Him.
“For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace; because the mind of the flesh is hostile toward God, for it is not subject to God’s law, neither indeed can it be. Those who are in the flesh can’t please God.”
Our natural condition in terms of our eternal state could not be worse. In our non-repentant mindset we stand before the Lord already condemned. We live our life in this world, blind and lame and with souls dead to God. We are duped into thinking we are ok, and in this world we seem satisfied with all that we can get from it, for we have no appetite for God or the truths of God. This is spiritual death and the absence of love.
God is not like us. Even when we were His sworn enemies, He has provided a way of escape from the spiritual death which keeps us away from Him and will one day separate us from Him and all that is good, forever. We don’t need to live under condemnation, for God offers us His mercy if we will trust His love, repent and believe.
Christ has died. This is the greatest triumph. The atoning death of Jesus was able to pay for our sin, so that God’s righteous justice is satisfied and the guilty can go free. Jesus, the not guilty one has stood in our place and paid the price of our sin on our behalf. He is the only one who is worthy to do this, as He alone is the spotless lamb of God, slain on our behalf before the foundation of the world. Jesus the Son of God has been set apart to bear our guilt and buy us back from the certain condemnation of our sin. Those who put their hope in what He did on the cross, and in Him as the only Saviour, are set free from the sin and the condemnation that binds us.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
Those who are set free from the shackles of sin are free from the attendant punishment, and become people who live according to the Spirit and not the flesh. The atonement of Jesus Christ for our sin is the only way we can be forgiven and enter into the love of God. His sacrifice is the only way to spiritual life and to know God. The atonement was the crux of all human history. All events and truth circle around that point in time in space when God punished His Son on our behalf. It is the only way of salvation and is free to all who will humble themselves and accept the work of grace that they could not do for themselves.
“But God commends his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”