Beyond the Surface: Discovering the Depth of Sin and the Height of Grace

Leviticus 13:3b “...and the plague in sight be deeper than the skin of his flesh...”

Mankind was born with a problem that goes much deeper than what meets the eye (Ps 51:5)! Just as leprosy was a dreaded disease which brought with it nothing short of a death sentence, even so we, in our sins, without Christ, were given the death sentence.

This death sentence began in Gen 2:17 when God told Adam and Eve, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” After they sinned, this same death sentence was then passed down to every generation, to include every man, woman, boy, and girl that has ever lived or ever will live, other than the God-man, Christ Jesus the Lord! Rom 5:12 says, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” What a tragic truth!

I remember the day that I was found guilty before a Holy God, hopeless, helpless, and bound for Hell! However, there is good news! Rom 5:20b says, “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound;” Rom 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

When for the first time in my life I realized that I was lost without Christ and headed for a devil’s Hell, THEN, for the first time in my life, I also heard the voice of my Savior, who told me in the middle of my despair and helpless estate, “You’re Special!” Anyone who would lay down His life willingly for a sinner such as I surely saw more value in me that what I ever realized was there! He did not see me that day for who I was, but He saw me for who He could make me to become!

Friend, if you do not know Him, will you turn from your sins to Him by faith today? If you will be saved, then He will surely save you!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill

Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
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