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Author Dane C. Ortlund, the chief publishing officer and Bible publisher at Crossway, wrote an inspirational blog this week that answers questions many people have regarding Christ’s love for sinners.
I know I have asked some of these questions myself in the 25 years I have been a Christian.
The question I think most people harbor in their hearts goes to the foundation of Jesus’ love for us because it seems too incredible to be true.
As Dane explained, we try to envision Jesus’ love through our own eyes and, as a result, we fully expect him to give up on us and walk away because that’s how we would act.
“Even when we run out of tangible reasons to be cast out, such as specific sins or failures, we tend to retain a vague sense that, given enough time, Jesus will finally grow tired of us and hold us at arm’s length,” he wrote. “Every human friend has a limit. If we offend enough, if a relationship gets damaged enough, if we betray enough times, we are cast out. The walls go up.”
Perhaps that is why Satan convinces us over and over again that we can’t possibly measure up to God’s standard. He uses the fact we keep sinning as prima facie evidence that we have either fallen too far to rescue, or our acceptance of Christ’s offer of forgiveness was illegitimate in the first place.
“With Christ, our sins and weaknesses are the very resumé items that qualify us to approach him. Nothing but coming to him is required—first at conversion and a thousand times thereafter until we are with him upon death,” Dane wrote.
At least a thousand times!
I think you’ll find a lot of reassurance in Dane’s answers to these commonly asked questions, which can be found at Crossway:
- If Christ is perfectly holy, isn’t it necessary for him to withdraw from sin?
- I know what Christ did with my sin on the cross, but what is Christ doing with my sin now?
- If we speak of the finished work of Christ on the cross, does the doctrine of intercession suggest that the cross was actually left unfinished?
- What does it mean that Christ is our advocate?
- Why is Christ able to help us in our sin?