If there is one thing that is certain in human life, that is death. Death can happen in the mother’s womb, in the crib, in the school, in the playground, in the workplace, and we never know when some calamity is going to take place. Calamity happens to relatively good people and bad people. It happens to believers and unbelievers alike and is not in control of when. The current death rate is 100%, and one day we all will die. If you’re not dead yet, you are living on borrowed time.
The Bible says that we are all sinners, and we all deserve to die. We are all living on borrowed time that we don’t deserve. Since the moment we were conceived, we were conceived with a sinful nature. “The wages of sin is death.” God has a right to kill every sinner instantaneously and it is a just act. Now, the question is, why is God so patient and so gracious towards the sinner? Why does God allow the sinner to live? Why does He still tolerate us, as we continue our work of sin and destruction upon His planet that He created for His own glory?
The answer is because God is gracious and He is merciful and compassionate toward sinners and it causes Him to hold back what we deserve. He gives more time for the sinner to repent and believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ. God gives sinners many gospel opportunities in this life. God will by no means leave the guilty unpunished (Exodus 34:7). God does not always settle His account in September. The real punishment for sin comes in the next life. “It is appointed unto men once to die and after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Everyone is headed for death and everyone will have to give an account to God on judgment day, and everyone is going to live forever either in heaven or hell based on the choice they made about Jesus Christ.
God’s mercy has limits
God is merciful and gracious, that is the reason why sinners live. But that mercy has limits. “The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting for those who fear Him, And His justice to the children’s children, To those who keep His covenant And remember His precepts, so as to do them” (Psalm 103:7-18). The everlasting mercy of God belongs only to those who love and worship Him. Everyone else is living on limited mercy, limited patience.
Borrowed time is not permanent. God’s patience is not permanent. Sinners should settle the case before they get to court before they appear in the final judgment. There is only one advocate, there is only one mediator, there is only one guarantor between the man and God the judge, who is Jesus Christ who is able to save the sinner from eternal punishment.
Isaiah 55:6 and 7, “Seek the Lord while He may be found. Call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, the unrighteous man his thought, let him return to the Lord and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”
God is the savior
This is the heart and soul of the Christian faith -God saves His people from their sins. This is the very purpose of the incarnation of Jesus Christ. He is called Savior in connection with His people, but it is in reference to their sins because it is from their sins that they need to be saved. If they had never sinned, they would never have required a Savior.
Here are 03 things that the grace of God accomplishes:
It delivers us from the penalty of sin – Salvation (v11)
It delivers us from the power of the sin – Sanctification (v12)
It Delivers from the presence of the sin – Glorification (v13, 14)
Plead to the unbeliever
Unbeliever, if you’re still breathing God is still patient with you. Today is a Day of Mercy; now you have an extraordinary opportunity, in which Christ has flung open the Door of Mercy wide, and calling out to you to repent of your unbelief and believe in Him. Now is the time of God’s favor: you may put your trust in Christ and cry out for Mercy. But, when once the Day of Mercy is passed, your most mournful cries and screams will be in vain; you will be completely lost and thrown away into misery.
“Therefore I will act in wrath. My eye will not spare, nor will I have pity. And though they cry in my ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them” (Ezekiel 8:18).
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