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Welcome back to the Theodio Podcast, I’m your host Dan Kassis.
We’re walking though the book Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks. Along with a segment of our original audio production of the book, we provide commentary and fresh insight, bringing this work of classic theology to life for you.
We’ve made it to chapter 6 of Precious Remedies, in which Brooks explains five lies the devil tells unbelievers to keep them from coming to Christ. Last time we talked about the lie that a person’s sin can be too great for Jesus to save them. This time the subject is a person’s worth.
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Are you worthy?
The human sense of self-worth is powerful. That’s why we spend so much time and effort proving ourselves to others. We need to show ourselves worthy of what we have, what we do, and who we are.
Knowing this, Satan prevents some people from coming to Christ through embarrassment over having nothing to offer in return for his mercy: “By suggesting to sinners their unworthiness.”
We’ve built our culture on the foundation of self-worth. Grade point averages, college exams, glowing resumes. The entire path to career fulfillment is a variety show of accomplishment.
And then we come home from our jobs and settle in front of the TV while others prove their worth to us. Singing and dancing contests, questionably spontaneous dating shows, and even cooking challenges. We applaud the winners and cast off the unworthy.
Prove your worth
Is it any wonder that people assume they have to prove themselves to God? Many non-religious people assume Christianity is about striving to make God happy. About following a long list of rules to avoid punishment. A lot like every other aspect of life.
But when we have scriptures like Romans 5:6–8 to teach us, this argument falls apart.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person — though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die — but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (ESV)
Through encouragement and enlightenment, Thomas Brooks provides four reasons why your worthiness is not a barrier to forgiveness and eternal life.
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That’s all for this episode of the Theodio Podcast. Next time is part three of this five-part series looking at Satan’s discouragements toward unbelievers. How sorry do you have to be about your sin before God will forgive you? Is there a certain level of remorse that opens the storehouse of grace? Or do we need to think about sorrow differently?
Come back next time and learn along with us.