Where does good come from? You might say, “What a question!” You’d be
right! That is a tremendous question! It has been debated for centuries!
And today’s attached devotional will help you find the answer. God bless
Because of Calvary,
Romans 3:9-20 (ESV)
9 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
11 no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave;
they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 in their paths are ruin and misery,
17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
Romans 5:8, 11 (ESV)
8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
“One year after Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses, he presented an entirely new set of theses in the city of Heidelberg along a tributary of the Rhine River. The Heidelberg Chapter House of the Augustinian Order, Luther’s monastic order, hosted a gathering of his fellow monks to hear him out and to weigh his challenge to Rome. He drew a sharp distinction between what he called ‘theologians of glory’ and ‘theologians of the cross.’ Theologians of glory stressed human glory, human ability. Theologians of the cross went the opposite direction. The cross shouts ‘No!’ to human ability. The cross points to our inability and our depraved state.
“Then Luther writes one of his most insightful sentences in thesis 28: ‘The love of God does not find, but creates, that which is pleasing to it.’… We look for the lovely or the worthy and then love it. God’s love is the opposite. While we were His enemies, He loved us in Christ.” [Stephen J. Nichols, A Time For Confidence, (Sanford, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2016), p. 128-129]