(February 22, 2014)
My mind in this chapter was particularly drawn to the transition between verses 18 and 19. In verse 18, we read that we must believe that salvation comes only through the atoning blood of Christ. Verse 19 explains why that is, and it goes to the classic line about the natural man being an enemy to God.
What that tells me is two-fold. First, the issue of the natural man is not something related solely to mortality. Second, the issue of salvation is not something related solely to the hereafter. I wanted to dwell on the second of these. Whatever problem we have, or goal we are seeking, it is essential that we remember that salvation (in every respect – even in mortality) only comes through Christ. Failing to recognize that, we rely on the strength of our arm and become natural men.