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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.”—Galatians 3:22 (NKJV)
Mankind has a way of looking at itself on a sliding scale. We tend to esteem some people as better than others, and we tend to demote some people as worse than others. We can even revert to looking at people through the lens of a ranking system, “Wow, they’re a perfect 10!” or “Meh, 4.5 at the most.” Such a strong streak of favoritism exists in our human nature that we barely even recognize it, much less correct it when it rears its ugly head.
That’s one of the things that makes God’s Word so glorious: it is the ultimate leveler! It levels the peaks and valleys of our human perceptions by placing everyone on the same plane. Scripture shows no favoritism, and this point is powerfully proven as it puts all of us on the level plane of sin.
With the sole exception of Jesus Christ, every single human being that has ever been born, from the Garden of Eden until today, is a sinner by nature. As Paul puts it in the passage above, all of us are “under sin.” In other words, we begin life covered with guilt . . . the guilt of falling short of God’s standards.
We come into this world with a negative balance before God because the human race is a fallen race in need of redemption. Jesus reminded a group of men who wanted to stone an adulterous woman of this reality in John 8:7 (NKJV): “He raised Himself up and said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.’”
No stones were thrown that day because the point was made that we’re all sinners; and as such, we all need the mercy and forgiveness of God in our lives. The Bible levels us in that way, as well, by telling us that God wants everyone to receive His forgiveness found at the cross (1 Timothy 2:4).
So what effect should this “leveling” have on us? For one thing, we should be humbled by the fact that we’re born sinners, no better than anyone else. We’re just as needy as everyone else in God’s eyes. But on the other hand, we should also be awestruck that God loves us as much as anyone else and desperately desires for us to be in a redeemed relationship with Him!
DIG: How does the Bible level humanity?
DISCOVER: Why is this significant?
DISPLAY: As you go about your day today, put on the leveling lenses of Scripture when you interact with people. Remember that you are no better than anyone else and that others are no better than you; that apart from Christ, we’re all fallen and in need of rescuing.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.