Did Christ die in vain? IF you or I could be made righteous by keeping the Law of Moses, then Christ did not need to die for you or me. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed: “Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me.” (Matthew 26) Jesus was praying about His death on the cross. His Father would not have sent His Son to the cross if we could be saved by the law, or any other way. If justification was possible by the keeping of the Law, then Christ died in vain (Pastor Chuck Smith) .
Gospel means “Good News.” Trying to be approved of God by our own works and efforts is not good news at all. The good news is that Our Father in heaven has accepted the finished work of Jesus Christ, His Only Begotten Son. And He has imputed the righteousness of Jesus Christ to you when you put your faith in Jesus Christ. That is the good news! (Galatians 1) It is not by works but it is by His Grace that we stand. We do not stand in our own righteousness, but in the righteousness that is of Christ Jesus through faith. The good news is the grace of God through Jesus Christ by which we are accepted by our Father in Heaven.
There were Christians in Corinth who were doing things that were completely out of character for a child of God. Many of them had been attacking Paul. So Paul gave them a good piece of advice. “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves” because I’m coming back to Corinth. (2 Corinthians 13) Too many people today are living lives of sin, while telling themselves they are Christians. It is critically important that each one of us examine ourselves! Are we really walking by faith in Jesus Christ? Is there real evidence of regeneration flowing out of our lives”? We certainly should be concerned because Jesus Christ said He is coming back soon, and He tells us to examine our lives. Are you ready?
Paul had been given a “thorn in the flesh.” This was probably a physical ailment, perhaps an eye problem, but we don’t know exactly what it was. However, it bothered Paul so much that he asked God three times to heal him, but God didn’t. Instead the Lord said: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul went on to say that he had learned to “boast in his infirmities that the power of Christ may rest on me.” Sometimes we find that we will never really experience the strength of God until we first experience our own weakness in some glaring way. Do you want power in your life? It might come through infirmities. Pastor Chuck Smith 1927 – 2013