Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


September 3, 2009

"Prior"--it makes all the difference in the world and in our lives. Yet many of us think of the Christian faith as "post."

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: Where we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
- Romans 5:8 TNIV

Do you hear the "prior?" It wasn't post. It wasn't after we get our act together God will rescue us, redeem us and love us. Not at all. But prior. While we could care less, even defy and deny God, God carried out the greatest act of love the world has known. Let me rub it in:

"At just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly." (5:6)
"for if, while we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him, through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!" (5:10)

Proof of God's love for you--prior! It is not payment for services we render, but the grace of God that acts prior, takes the initiative. No one has ever loved you like that. Prior--it is the gospel.

Dale Patterson