Sermon Summary: While God alone is the one who gives the gift of salvation, those of us who receive it are responsible to put it into practice in our everyday life. We do this by taking the initiative to obey God while trusting Him to empower our efforts to obey Him.
Knowing God’s rules didn’t help Israel obey them. Instead, the nation sank into the deep darkness of rebellion against God, resulting in punishment and a near-failure in her mission to bring God’s blessings to the world. God responded with an ultimate solution, the Messiah: God’s chosen rescuer who would make everything right.
Humanity has been masterfully deceived and made the horrifying decision to distrust God and decide for ourselves what is good and bad. Now our relationships are broken and our responsibility is resisted. We need a rescue desperately!