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The Human Condition
Theme of the Week: Religion Won't Get You to Heaven
Thursday, April 3, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: The sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God's wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:15)

Dig Deeper: Romans 5:12-21

Why does a human sin? He sins because humans are a spiritually dead race. When humans sin, we are simply being what we are by nature. Ephesians 2:1-3 describes the human condition outside of Jesus as dead in our sins, following demonic forces, and being under God's wrath because of our sin nature.

We are in need of a new nature—one that is not corrupted by sin. And there is only one life in the universe that is not corrupted with sin: Jesus's. And he wants to impart that incorruptible, immortal life to us. "Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God's living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself!" (1 Pet. 1:23, The Message).

One of the many miracles of grace is that the very same Jesus who lived and embodied the Ten Commandments perfectly for 33 years on planet Earth now wants to take up residence in us and live that same life in and through us. "To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27, ESV, emphasis added).

—Derwin L. Gray in Limitless Life

My Response: What are some signs that Christ is instilling a new nature in me?

Thought to Apply: As the salt flavors every drop in the Atlantic, so does sin affect every atom of our nature.—Charles Spurgeon (British preacher, teacher)

Adapted from Limitless Life by Derwin L. Gray (Thomas Nelson, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Savior, my natural human tendency is to want to earn your love through my good works; remind me that your love is unconditional and based on your sacrifice for me.

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