“God Recommends His Own Love to Us” (How can we show our gratitude for the…
“God Recommends His Own Love to Us”
How can we show our gratitude for the gift of the ransom?
Preaching the good news of God’s Kingdom shows that we imitate Jehovah’s far-reaching love for people.
In what other ways can I show my gratitude to Jehovah for the gift of the ransom?
Dedication and baptism show that we have faith in the ransom and that we want to belong to Jehovah
Jehovah loved us “while we were yet sinners”
The Creator is perfect, and so were those first humans, our ancestors.
God gave them but one limiting directive and informed them that disobeying that law would bring a death sentence.
We are in a position to understand this because God had a record made of how human life began.
However, they chose to act ruinously, violating God’s reasonable directive, thus rejecting him as Lawgiver and Sovereign.
Think of one fact there mentioned: “We were yet sinners.”
All need to know how that came to be so.
In an act of great love, Jehovah sent his only-begotten Son to help humans.
Sin and death ruled as king
Thus, sin and death ruled down to the time when God gave the Israelites a law code, which clearly showed that they were sinners.
The defect of sin from Adam was inevitable.
All are subject to it. It is always fatal.
Of course, they had not violated the divine law as Adam had, so they were not charged with the same sin; nor had any law code yet been given.
Still, Adam’s descendants inherited sin.
It was only after Adam had become a sinner that he fathered children, passing on sin and its effects to all of them.
Jehovah sent his Son so that we can receive life
It is a legal metaphor that makes a quasi-legal point.
It speaks of a change in a person’s status in relation to God, not of an inner change in the person . . .
What is the sense of the Greek words underlying the expressions “declaration of righteousness” and “declaring of them righteous”?
Jesus did his Father’s will perfectly, despite temptations, extreme ridicule, and abuse.
He kept his integrity even to the extent of dying on a torture stake.
Laying the groundwork, God lovingly sent his only-begotten Son to earth.
In sacrificing his perfect human life, Jesus offered a ransom that might release, or redeem, Adam’s offspring from sin and death.