While there may be some people who haven’t yet seen themselves as sinners I’m sure fewer would ever think of themselves as enemies of God. Yet that is exactly what the Bible tells us we are, at least before being saved. It says in Romans 5:10 “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”
Throughout the Bible God is described as a King. Imagine if you will, you are a king and there is an uprising within your realm. Some of your subjects decide to throw off, what they perceive to be, the shackles of your authority. They not only rebel they in turn incite others to rebel. What would be your course of action?
When I read this verse I thought to myself are most people really enemies of God? Upon closer thought and examination I concluded it to be true. The reason why is because the root of sin is our wanting to be our own god (king). Isn’t this what Satan enticed our first parents with in the Garden? He said, “God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So he enticed Adam to become his own ruler, his own god and make his own independent decisions about good and evil. Essentially he was encouraging him to set up his own kingdom.
Now let me ask you again what would a king’s response be to an open revolt from within his kingdom? I don’t think you would have to look for long to find the answer. There would be quick, decisive action taken don’t you think? The king would get his military together and send them to squash the rebellion. Most wouldn’t hesitate to remedy the problem quickly and sufficiently. That’s what an earthly human king would do, but I want you to look again at what the King of Kings did.
Jesus himself said, “God did not send his son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” Here we see that God’s ways aren’t like our ways. An earthly king would have wanted to kill the rebels; God on the other hand wants to save them. You see, God never created us to live independent of him. He knows he is the only true king. The problem is we have bitten into the lie of independence and been deceived into thinking we can run things on our own.
God sees the human revolt, but he also sees our need of him that lies beneath it. God is love and love always puts the needs of others first. He isn’t satisfied with just stopping a revolt over here only to have it crop up again over there. No, when God does things he does them all the way. In fact the last words of Jesus from the cross were “it is finished.” He had completed the work he was sent here to do. “Even while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son.” The rest of the story, as they say, is he not only reconciled us through his death he now keeps us through his life “Much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Rather than kill us God chose to send his son to die in our place. In his death he does in fact squash the rebellion within the hearts of all that will come to him by faith and receive forgiveness and reconciliation.
Written by Louie