June 23, 2023
The Bible Edge
Everyone needs an Edge, Believers can have a Bible Edge
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
In a day wherein a person is largely measured by how much money they have, the Apostle Paul tells us otherwise. This great man wrote that the Son of God …loved me, and gave himself for me. Jesus gave His life for Paul, and Paul knew it.
The value of a house, or what a house is worth is known by how much someone will pay for it. The car value is equal to the amount someone will pay for it. The value, or worth, of anything is how much it costs to buy it. No one will pay $500,000 for a house that is only worth $300,000. No one will pay $50,000 for a vehicle that is only worth $25,000. Right? Right. In these examples the house is worth $300,000 and the car $25,000. There is a price tag on them, we can know what they are worth. The same is true with everything we purchase, if the cost of the item is equal to its value we purchase it. A can of beans is not worth the same as a can of gold.
But a person. What is a person worth? Paul knew how much he was worth. He was worth the precious, innocent, perfect life of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. His worth equaled the life of Jesus. After all, Paul wrote of Jesus ...who loved me, and gave himself for me. This is not the first time, nor would it be the last that Paul said something similar. Twice he reminded the members of the church at Corinth how much they were worth when he wrote this to them: For ye are bought with a price… (I Corinthians 6:20, and 7:23). What was the price for them? The life of Jesus Christ. This price for them could no one pay except the Lord. Again, when writing to that church in Corinth the Apostle reminded them of this …For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us. (I Corinthians 5:7)
Think about it like this, “The man who should have ever lived, died, so that we who should ever die could live.” If you are a born-again child of Almighty God, Heaven is your future home, you will never die. The cost of eternal life is the temporal life of Christ. The hymnist knew this when she penned: “Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.” How? His blood was shed on that old rugged cross.
After all Jesus Himself said: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? (John 11:26). What does it mean to believe in Him? Having faith that He is exactly all that the Scriptures state that He is. Meaning He is the Son of God, He led a perfect, sinless, life, He died a sacrificial death to purchase eternal life for sinners, and He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. As the Lamb of God He gave His life on the cross that we might be saved. Not might like, hopefully, but might in that we must accept Him, His Gospel, by faith. If a preacher tells a person how to be saved, that person might be saved, the preacher doesn’t know if that person will or won’t. Just giving the Gospel to another does not save that person. They must accept it, put their faith in it, receive it, believe it and make it their own.
You are worth exactly that which God paid for you. You are worth the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. Never let anyone tell you that you are worthless. You are worth more than all the money in the world combined. You have been purchased, not by money, but by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. That’s how valuable you are! A perfect Man died, so that you can live.
William T. Howe, Ph.D.