“The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins” (Romans 8:3, NLT).

Church pews

A common refrain in some churches is the whole world is under condemnation and it’s up to the people sitting in the pews to save as many as they can before the end comes. The burden and responsibility aside, this simply isn’t the case. It’s true the whole world was condemned under the law. It wasn’t meant to save us, only point to the one who would bring salvation.

God never meant for Christians to bear the responsibility of saving the world—that’s his job. By laying down his life, Jesus took our condemnation upon himself, ending sin’s power and control over our destiny. Sin was condemned and the law was superseded by grace, which is available to all. So what’s the Christian’s job? To love God and neighbor and with his help, in the Spirit, live lives that will point to the goodness and love of the only one who can save.

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