- What must you know to live and die in the joy of this comfort?
A. Three things: first, how great my sin and misery are; second, how I am set free from all my sins
and misery; third, how I am to thank God for such deliverance.
She had stolen the diamond bracelet from under the guards noses. She had planned and executed perfectly and now she could breathe. All that was left was leaving the castle. So far so good. The guards hadn’t noticed. She started walking as normal as possible towards the door. But then, she noticed the guards following her too closely. In the blink of an eye she was facing the king himself. She had been caught. “Death penalty!”, she heard the king exclaim and without a plea, she was put in the dungeon to wait for her well deserved punishment.
You may be wondering, where are you going with this? It’s simple actually. You are the criminal. I am the criminal. We have robbed the King. We have betrayed Him. And so we deserve to die. According to Scripture, any little sin that you may do deserves death. (“For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23a). Even if you say a little white lie or a tinny tiny sin, you deserve death. (“For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.” James 2:10). Every time we build our kingdoms, every time we look for self glorification, every time we break any of God’s commands, we deserve death because we commit treason towards the King of Kings. I know, I know, how drastic! If you think about it, however, it is the same in your country. If you speed and a cop pulls you over, he will give you the due penalty no matter how many times you have obeyed the laws. Same with God, if you break one of His laws you deserve death, hell, separation from Him no matter how many times you have kept His law. This is what we deserve. Let this sink into your soul. Feel the fear, feel the pain, feel the wrath sister, because once you understand what you really deserve, you will be able to understand God’s rich mercy towards you.
But God. There is always a but God. “But God, being rich in. Mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our traspases, made us alive together with Christ- by grace you have been saved-…For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:4-8). God loved you so much, that He sent Jesus to pay for your sins on the Cross. By faith alone, in Christ alone, through grace alone for God’s glory alone. This is how you are saved from the just wrath of God that you deserve.
Understanding the amazing grace that you and I have been given in Christ we can’t but thank God for His mighty deliverance. And in that, we can live free. Free from fear of punishment, free from shame and guilt, free to love God and love others, free to share Christ with others. This amazing grace allows us to live radically different lives that give and serve and seek God’s glory.
Q2 of the Heidelberg Catechism allows us to truly understand what we deserve for our sins and what we have been given in Christ. This basic doctrinal principle of salvation is of such importance, that when we meditate in it, we are able to rejoice and live joyfully, in expectation of the fullness of His promises to be fulfilled when He comes back.
So sister, today I ask you: do you understand the severity of your sins? Are you able to grasp the magnitude of God’s mercy towards you in Christ? And if so, how do these amazing truths allow you to be comforted today?
You can meditate in the following Bible verses to strengthen your understanding of these truths: Rom. 3:9-10; 1 John 1:10; John 17:3; Acts 4:12; 10:43; Matt. 5:16; Rom. 6:13; Eph. 5:8-10; 2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Pet. 2:9-10
In His grace #enthralledbygrace