WHAT mATTERS - What Is Our Part?
The Psalmist asks the question, “If You LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?” The answer is, no one. The apostle Paul, quoting two different places in the Psalms says, “There is none righteous, no not one” and then he says, “For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” These verses standing alone leave no hope for humanity, but they don’t stand alone. Psalm 103:2-14 beautifully extols God’s forgiving nature saying, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. The LORD executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.”
How great is God’s grace and mercy! But that grace and mercy comes at a great cost. God is also just, and His justice cannot graciously and mercifully overlook sin. Justice requires payment for sin, and that payment must be made, “…the wages of sin is death.” What is abundantly clear in the Bible is that God’s mercy, grace, and justice have all been combined in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. God became human, and as a man, He became sin for us, died on the cross, was buried, and rose from the dead. In doing this, the Savior made full payment for mankind’s sin and sins and as the risen Lord, offers to give eternal life to all who will believe it. “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” Our responsibility is to believe what God has done for us, and after believing, to tell others what He has done for them. What matters is, God has done His part, have we done ours?
 Psalm 130:3
 Psalm 14:1-3; 53:1-3; Romans 3:10
 Romans 3:23
 Romans 6:23
 2 Corinthians 5:19