If an athlete can run a mile, surely he or she can run 1/4 mile. If a baseball batter can hit a ball out of the ballpark, he can certainly hit one to first base. Or if a child can count to 100, he can count to 10. That is the logic the Apostle Paul uses to explain God’s grace in saving those who put their faith in Him for salvation. We read this in Romans chapter 8: “If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.” His point is this: Since God has already demonstrated the magnitude of His love by giving us His Son and declaring us “not guilty” based upon our faith in His Son, He will not abandon us now that we are his children. The apostle writes, “No power in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr.

Dr. Melvin E. Banks, Sr. is the founder and chairman of UMI (Urban Ministries, Inc.). Under his direction, UMI has grown to be a leading publisher of Christian education resources for churches in the African American community. Read More

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