Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous!
God was clear, “Don’t eat the fruit from the one tree in the middle of the Garden or you WILL die.” Next thing they knew, Adam and Eve were being asked a very simple question, “Did God really say that?” Adam and Eve responded, “Yeah! God really DID say that! He said if we eat the fruit of that one tree we WILL die.” The talking snake snapped back, “You will NOT die!”
You know the rest of the story. Adam and Eve believed the devil. They ate the fruit. They didn’t die in that moment, but they did die. The devil lied. God did not.
The devil’s tactics haven’t changed. He still comes to us and asks the same question “Did God really say…?” We read sections of God’s Word like the one above and we hear God clearly say that Jesus perfect life offered for us as a perfect sacrifice with his death on a cross is more than sufficient for all our sins! We hear that beautiful truth that we are justified—declared “not guilty” of all our sins! We hear God say that through Jesus we will be made righteous!
But that’s when the devil starts with his question. “Did God really say Jesus’ has completely paid for your sins? Are you sure?” Hopefully, we reply confidently, “Yes! God really DID say that! It’s right here in Romans chapter 5!”
But the devil isn’t done. Much like he told Adam and Eve, “You will NOT die!” He brings specific examples of horrible things we’ve done and shoves them in our face saying, “Look at what you’ve done! God can’t—no God WON’T forgive someone as horrible as you!” And we’ll be tempted to believe him.
It’s in this moment that we need to take a deep breath—step back— then compare what God says with what the devil says. When we do, there is only one thing left to say. “Devil, you lie!”
The devil is a liar. You know this to be true, because you know what God really says. You know God really says Jesus has paid for your sins in full. Anything contrary to that is a lie!
Blessings on the rest of your week!