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But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8, NIV)

I don’t know if you remember diagramming sentences in school, but, if you had to diagram this sentence, who is the one doing the action?

God.

But God demonstrates . .

What does God do?  Demonstrate.

Who demonstrates?  God.

Take it to the bank: this verse is about God.  Yahweh.  The Great I-Am.  Lion of Judah.  Mighty Creator.  Jehovah Jireh.  The One Before All.  The Alpha and Omega.  The Author and Finisher of our faith.

We are not the ones doing the action in this verse.

Oh, we’re in this verse, but we don’t get into the sentence diagramming for a while.  Diagramming 101 gives you two actions with one actor:

God demonstrates

Christ died

God.  And then One of the Three in the Trinity: the Son Christ.

This verse is all about what God does.

It does NOT read like this,

But we demonstrate our love for God when we do ______, ______, and ______ & earn our salvation.

It reads like this,

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Who is the one demonstrating love?

God.

Who are the ones totally incapable of helping, still sinners?

Us.

Romans 5:8 is a promise from God to us, not from us to God.  We can’t earn our salvation.  We can’t earn God’s love.  And thank God!!!!!!!!!! we don’t have to try.

God is the one acting.

And God is ready to act in your life, no matter who you are.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8, NIV)

 

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