We are fundamentally at odds with God; the technical term is total depravity.
- "Total depravity means not that at every point man is as bad as he could be, but that at no point is he as good as he should be" (J.I. Packer).
Romans 5 includes words about our condition, like "powerless" and "sinners."
Sin has had a debilitating impact in our lives; we are powerless.
What we do is a manifestation of who we are.
- We are guilty of sins of commission and sins of omission.
By holding us accountable, God regards us as creatures of significance.
God wants me to know three things
- I'm accountable to him; 2) he is just, holy; 3) he is indignant about our sin.
Because of these things, we are all under the wrath of God.
"While we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly" (Rom. 5:6).
Compassion isn't just a feeling; compassion is demonstrated by action.
God loves us so much that he let his Son die on a cross for us.
The eternal conclusion is that we have been justified by Christ's blood.
- All I have done has been blotted out, utterly forgiven, as if I'd never sinned.
We have been saved from wrath through Christ.
We have the Holy Spirit living within us.
When Briscoe's children were young, Briscoe found an open field, covered in fresh snow. He ran in a big circle, taking long strides, then asked his kids to follow in his footsteps, putting their feet in his footprints. They couldn't do it; the strides were too long. He then picked up his youngest, and put his son's feet on his own feet, and retraced the steps. The point: "He was doing it because I was doing it… . In our powerlessness, we can't stride as wide as we should… . Something's got to be done."
We have been justified, saved from wrath, saved by his life, saved by grace