Our Indebtedness to Jesus
By Al Stoner
May the following verses excerpted from Psalm 90 renew our heartfelt appreciation for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. These words, spoken by Moses, are an accurate depiction of our desperate condition before God prior to the time that sins were put away by Christ. We include here verses 7 through 12, in particular, for consideration.
The Psalm 90 Text. “For we are consumed by Thine anger, and by Thy wrath are we troubled. Thou hast set our iniquities before Thee, our secret sins in the light of Thy countenance. For all our days are passed away in Thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knoweth the power of Thine anger? even according to Thy fear, so is Thy wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”
Apart from the interposition of the Lord Jesus Christ in our behalf, this would yet be a precise representation of our standing before the Most High: ever consumed by His anger and troubled by His wrath. The Savior ever stands between believing men and the lake of fire. Think about our iniquities and even our secret sins being set in the glaring light of God’s countenance. Consider the matter of all our days being passed away in God’s wrath. What a dreadful condition it is for men to be living in this world apart from the precious divinely-provided Covering for sins in Christ Jesus! He is the Propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world, as John affirms in his first epistle.
Thanks be unto God for the Savior! For those who are in Christ Jesus, and who are living by faith, what blessed things the Scriptures have to say about them! They declare, for example, that Christ “loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood” (Rev. 1:5). Also, “Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour” (Eph. 5:2). And again, “Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit” (I Pet. 3:18). Christ, who knew no sin, was made to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (cf. II Cor. 5:21). Christ’s blessed Name, by which He is called, is “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” (Jer. 23:5-6).
And who can forget the gracious words of the Lord Jesus Himself: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved” (Jn. 3:16-17). The love of God is here demonstrated in the gift of His only begotten Son, and in that gift, the consequent provision of believing men not perishing forever from the Presence of the living God. It will also be recalled that the Lord Jesus declared, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world” (Jn. 6:51).
In summary then, let us permit the above perspective given by Moses, the man of God, to reinvigorate our love and devotion for Him who came into the world to “give His life a ransom for many” (Mk. 10:45). We are safe and blessed and shielded from God’s wrath, so long as we are in Christ, and continue in Him. “Unto you therefore which believe He is precious” (I Pet. 2:7). And how abundantly precious is the Son of God who has “delivered us from the wrath to come” (I Th. 1:10). May His preciousness be seen anew by each one of us as we “fight the good fight of faith, and lay hold on eternal life” (I Tim. 6:12). --Editor