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Feb 18th, 2021
Muscle Car Theology: The Engine
By: Shaun Denney
2 minute read 

Psalm 1:4-5 But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly. (NLT)

As we spend time in God’s Word, we come to an incredible realization of God’s holiness. He gives Adam and Eve the command to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. But when they do, literally hell breaks loose. At that point, humanity began it’s death-spiral, enduring the curse of sin and separation from God. The gap between God’s holiness and man’s sinfulness deepens and widens. From there, sin grew—to the point that God had to destroy all the people of the Earth, only saving Noah and his family… because He couldn’t bear it anymore! God is perfect. He is righteous. He is the only One worthy of our worship, the only One we can trust. And yet every day, we break His Law in countless ways, worshipping all of His gifts while forgetting Him. What do we do if sinners have no place among the godly?

Friends, as much as we need the Bible, the Bible has to be powered by our embrace of the Gospel. What’s the Gospel? You and I aren’t righteous. We can’t live up to God’s glorious standard. We need an advocate, someone who can stand in our place and speak up for us. The righteous shall live by faith. In what? Or better yet, who? Jesus. As those who can’t live up to God’s Law, rather than despairing because of our sinfulness, we can turn to Jesus and be saved, trusting in His death on the cross for our sins. We walk by faith in Jesus, not trust in our good works. The One who never sinned became sin… for us. That’s Good News! Because Jesus is righteous, we are counted as righteous. An unfair but beautiful exchange!

You can’t build a car without an engine, and you can’t build a life without the Gospel. For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. (Romans 1:16)

Have you trusted in the Gospel that God makes us right with Himself through faith in Jesus? If not, we’d love to chat with you about this incredible news!