- “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:26-27; James 3:9).
- At the beginning, God “saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Gen. 1:31).
- Humans (by God’s intention) had a very good and noble beginning (and we intuitively know it).
- But those intended for greatness have fallen.
- Sin is a tragic falling short of a glory we once knew – “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).
We were meant for so much more (and we know it).
It should not be surprising that people feel like something is missing from their lives. We have our moments and seasons when life feels whole, full and satisfying. But (as our actionsshow) at a very deep level, we know that we’re not what we we’re supposed to be.
- Something great has fallen from its greatness.
- Something amazing has lost its amazement.
- Something beautiful has lost its beauty.
- Something whole is broken.
- Something healthy is sick and in need of healing.
- Something peaceful has been disturbed.
As a result of this fall from greatness, we are broken, partial and fractured. Human beings are a combination of dignity and depravity. We find in each person a mix of good and bad — yet even the good is tainted – so badly that it cannot be offered to God.
A sad set of terms is fitting to us. We can talk about humans as lost, wayward, drifting, restless, fallen, broken, fractured, alienated, separated, partial, incomplete, sinful and dying.
This is why a vocabulary of salvation suits us. Salvation is not some quaint invention of religion. We need intervention, rescue, redemption, forgiveness, reconciliation and restoration.
God’s solution to our need
“… when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:4-7).Steve Cornell