Today the Teenage Bible Class that meets at Ballingry Gospel Hall (4.30pm every Sunday during Fife School term time) helped me to write this blog entry. Thanks guys!
The latest news from Washington appears to be that the US government is going to get approval from Congress to progress with their plan to redeem $700bn of bad debt from troubled banks. For most of last week global stock-markets have been in turmoil trying to guess whether or not this deal will go through. Financiers have been pinning all their hopes for some sort of recovery on an agreement being cobbled together and the consequences of it not happening appear too dreadful to contemplate.
The Bible tells us about an even greater debt that each one of us owes but which can be met in full by the Lord Jesus. The consequences of its not being paid are even more awful to contemplate, but there is no doubt whatsoever about His ability to pay.
Our sins are seen as a debt to God that we are simply unable to pay. No matter how uprightly we try to live we can never repay this debt, we simply do not posess the currency. The Lord Jesus is pictured in the Bible as a Redeemer, one who is in a position to repay this debt. By His death on the cross He satisfied the demands of God’s righteousness and as a consequence we can be forgiven. That is why the Apostle Paul can write, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6v23). Like the facility proposed by the American Government, however, the redemption of this debt is only available to those who claim it. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16v31), you would be a fool not to.