The title of this article, “But God,” originates from a series of sermons which were preached by our brother in the gospel, Evangelist Melvin Young of Meridian Mississippi, during our summer Tent crusade-revivals in 2007. Some of our readers may remember Evangelist Young preaching this particular sermon here in Detroit Michigan in September of 2007.
The text of this powerful message illustrates the stark contrast between the thoughts, ways, nature and traditions of men and the thoughts, ways,characteristics and Spirit of the Living God.
In reality, God is a spirit. Those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24.
What is truth? That which follows and adapts (conforms) to fact. Truth is conformity to reliable information.
Fact is: we as men are humanistic, frail (without strength) and adhere to the body of knowledge, customs and traditions transmitted down through generations. We learn to be “the way we are.” That which we don’t learn comes naturally or from our nature.
The scripture says:
Romans 5:6-8 (King James Version)
6For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
In the words of Evangelist Melvin Young: ” BUT GOD. “
Who are the ungodly? What does that term mean?
The description fits us. “For when we were yet without strength” denotes the frailty of mankind. We are easily damaged by the tumult (the mental or emotional agitation) of living in this age (world). Our minds are weakened by (world) calamity. The ensuing hopelessness comes in to prey on our souls, making us feeble . All of which is ungodly. How can we be in a position to save anyone, including ourselves?
Who in the beginning created the heaven and the earth: being without form; void. . .as the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters in the darkness which was upon the face of the deep. Genesis 1:1-2.
This same ETERNAL SPIRIT, commendeth his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners (without strength) and unlike God (ungodly) Christ died for us.
The word commend means to entrust something to ones care for an admirable or praiseworthy cause. New International Webster’s Standard Dictionary at pg. 72.
In spite of the fact men were frail and unlike Him, God (who created us in His own image and after His likeness Genesis 1:26) found it worthy of praise to love men in the world enough to give us His Son: Jesus Christ.
16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
1 John 3:16
16Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
So “if your heart condemns you God is GREATER.”
People of the City of Detroit, we have no reason to fear. Neither do we have reason to be condemned. Christ died that we may have life.