We as humans often deceive ourselves into believing that we are not as bad as we really are. But regardless of how we feel about ourselves or what the world teaches about the human condition, Scripture makes it clear. We are exceedingly sinful and we need to show others how God’s word teaches that we are so wicked that there is no way we could possibly be saved apart from the grace of God.
“as it is written:“None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:10-12)
The Bible teaches that we are all enemies of God, desiring to go our own ways and despising God’s. We don’t naturally want to know God and be subject to Him. Even when we try and be moral and do what is right, our “good” deeds are tainted and deemed unimpressive before a holy God.
“We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.” (Isaiah 64:6)
I could go on citing Scripture on this subject as God has made our sinfulness abundantly clear throughout the pages of His word, but let’s press on. While we are totally depraved haters of God who reject Him in our hearts, God is rich in mercy and kind towards us.
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
We deserve none of God’s kindness. In fact, if God were not merciful, we would all have the same sentence of an eternity in hell and it would be just. However, God is merciful and has brought redemption through Jesus.
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:1-9)
It is important to speak about God’s grace because when one truly understands their nature and state before a holy God, things can seem bleak. But praise be to God who doesn’t just leave us all to our own destruction, but has offered up His only Son on our behalf. What great things that says about the Creator of the universe!
Without the mention of grace when evangelizing, there is no good news. There is no cross to cling to on which the Savior died. There is nowhere to run from the wrath of God. The sinner must hear of God’s grace to see God’s kindness towards them and know how to be saved.