Our Father’s Love
By Denise Ferrell
"For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous." Romans 5:19 (KJV)
It may seem a little harsh that God would judge all of humankind based on what one man (Adam) did. Sin is an inherited spiritual condition. We are born sinners. On the other hand, it also seems harsh that only One can pay for all of these sins – One Who is Himself sinless. Though Adam’s sin put the entire human race under condemnation, God’s Grace through Jesus’ death at the Cross was far greater than Adam’s sin. That’s a Father’s love.
God blessed me with Christian parents. I had a wonderful earthly father (who now resides in Heaven with many other family members). Not everyone can claim to have a wonderful earthly father. But to claim God as your Heavenly Father, He only asks that you believe Him – believe that He sent His son, Jesus, to die for you on the Cross in payment for your sins; believe that He arose from the grave; and believe that by this sacrifice, you have been made righteous (placed in “right standing”) with God. Simple enough for a little child to believe, yet complex enough that we will never fully understand it. But God doesn’t ask us to understand it. He only asks that we believe it.
Each person is a creation of God. But we are not His child until we come to Him by faith. If you haven’t yet believed this truth, you can go to Him today. He wants to be your Heavenly Daddy.
Note: As an addendum to this devotional, I would like to add this note. It was brought to my attention that based on the wording, it raised a question regarding babies who may die in utero or in infancy and have not had the chance to believe and confess their faith. I believe that all babies (aborted or birthed), and young children, go to Heaven if they are taken at that age. Instead of "We are born sinners," a more accurate wording may have been "We are born with a sin nature." God does indeed give us the free will to choose whether to sin or not to sin -- choices that we make throughout each day. Once we realize and confess to God that we are sinners, and accept His provision on the Cross (1 Corinthians 15: 3-4) for our sins, we can then become heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). Should God in His omniscient sovereignty decide to take a baby in utero or in infancy, or a young child who doesn't yet understand his/her sin condition, then these precious little ones go directly to Heaven, into the Loving arms of their Father. I pray forgiveness if the wording misled anyone. May God bless each one who reads this.
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