“He Loved ME”!

“… and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” (Galatians 2:20b)

Martin Luther once wrote that “the heart of religion lies in its personal pronouns.” What Paul wrote in this verse is a perfect example of that.

Notice how personal Paul was here. He says that the Son of God “loved ME, and gave Himself up for ME.” Not just “the world” as a whole, but “ME”, personally!

In order to be genuinely saved, we must make the truths of the gospel this personal. It is not enough to believe in certain facts about the gospel — James 2:19 tells us that the demons do that. But the gospel must become personal: “I” have sinned; “I” believe that Jesus died on the cross for “MY” sins; “I” trust Him as “MY” Savior; and “I” am following Him as “MY” Lord.

Are you really a Christian? Have you made it as personal as Paul did? Can you say with him that Jesus “loved ME and gave Himself for ME”?

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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