This is going to be short. I finished the reading and the next block in my Bible Sampler quilt project ages ago, it’s the blogging about it that held me up. What can I say? I’ve been composing blog posts in my head, but none satisfactory enough to hit “publish”. They all sound so trite to me when considering the content: Christ died for us.
Paul is drilling it down, that it is by the grace of God alone that we are saved. He says that maybe some would die for a righteous man. For a good man some would even dare to die. But while we were yet without strength, Christ died for us.
We could do nothing to receive an offer of salvation, a rescue from sin and death. There was no requirement up front, like pulling ourselves together, cleaning up our acts, or showing our appreciation somehow. No, we were completely helpless and hopeless.
This passage ends with: “But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”.