We’ve all been shot ∙
As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one” – Romans 3:10
10 As the Scriptures say, no one is righteous – not even one.
11 No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God.
12 All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.
Black Hawk Down is a 2001 war film produced and directed by Ridley Scott. It is based on the 1999 book of the same name written by Mark Bowden. The movie won two Academy Awards for Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing in 2002. In 1993, 160 elite U.S. soldiers made up of Delta Force, Army Rangers, and Special Operations Aviation Regiment dropped into Somalia. Their goal was to capture two top lieutenants of a warlord Mohamed Farah Aidid.
Led by Major General William F. Garrison, the raid is intended to be fast and take no more than half an hour. The extraction by the Delta team was successful, but the remaining forces were soon involved in a life or death battle with heavily-armed Somali militia. Using RPGs, they shot down two Black Hawk helicopters, and the resulting rescue extended the mission to over 18 hours.
Tom Sizemore plays a colonel. His objective is to get a convoy of trucks out of the battle zone. Regrettably, the trucks were under siege by the enemy. The American forces suffered numerous wounds and many deaths. The driver of the lead truck had been killed. Sizemore pulled the body out. He then gives orders to a sergeant to drive the truck out of the killing zone.
The sergeant responded that he had been shot. To which Sizemore replied, “We’ve all been shot! Now drive the truck.”
As fallen people, “We’ve all been shot.” That is, we are all born sinners and alienated from the Father. We are dreadfully needy. The Father out of love and kindness initiated a rescue plan. He sent Son to retrieve and redeem whosoever would respond to His grace and mercy.
REFLECT & PRAY
What person has escaped, untainted by human sin? The answer is bleak and all-inclusive, no one! The only exception was the virgin-born Lord Jesus Christ.
Father I am so aware of falling short. It is as though my sin is always before me. Thank You that You have declared me righteous.
How did the Father resolve this dreadful, overwhelming seemingly implacable predicament? As fallen humanity, we have all been shot. One of the most familiar verses of Scripture answers that question.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
The apostle Paul expands the idea. He categorically states that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Then he adds the magnificent and awesome truth that flows directly from the Father’s heart. Each child of the King is given a marvelous gift. Every single one of us has been justified as a free gift of His grace. Because of the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross dying for our sins, all who believe in Him are redeemed and reconciled to the Father (Romans 3:24).
21 But now apart from the Law the righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,
22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction.
23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.
What is the righteousness of God? The Greek phrase dikaiosyne theou is translated as righteousness of God. Dikaiosyne theou connotes right standing before God. To possess the righteousness of God means that the Father has determined a legal verdict in favor of each person who has accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord. The Father has exonerated us. Every child of the King has been justified! What does that mean?
The Greek word translated as justified is dikaioo. Dikaioo is a legal term and signifies being declared to be righteous by the Father. We were truly guilty and unrighteous before we accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. But because of His death on the cross, we were redeemed and justified. We were declared righteous, just as He is righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21).
A similar concept is found in modern culture in the form of a judicial pardon. An individual is found guilty of a crime according to the law and sentenced. But before they finished serving their time, they get pardoned. Their sentence was rescinded, and they are freed from the consequences of their crime.
Adam and Eve committed the original crime of disobeying the Father and choosing to sin. Consequently, all of their descendants are born in sin. It is as though sinfulness is part of our human DNA.
When the Father justifies a child of the King, it is though He replicates our DNA with a magnificent genetic modification. He replaces the old DNA strands with entirely new DNA strands which are free from sin.
We are once and for all forgiven, exonerated, and our guilt is forever expunged (Colossians 2:13).
But the Lord Jesus Christ came into the world to save those who are lost.
Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.
The Greek word translated as lost comes from the Greek verb apollumi. In Greek, this word is a perfect participle. The perfect tense in Greek is a past tense that refers to something that is been done in the past and continues into the present. We would say in English they were lost and they continue to be lost.
Apollumi does not refer to something that has merely been misplaced and with effort can be found and recovered. Rather it connotes something far darker, sinister, and menacing. The nominal form of this verb is one of the names of the enemy, Apollyon, the destroyer (Revelation 9:11). When apollumi refers to people, it has the sense of being brought to ruin, destroyed, or killed. We might say today that people in this condition experience an existential threat of eternal consequences. They risk not being in the presence of the Father forever. Essentially, they are out of place and if they continue on their current trajectory, they are destined for destruction.
Indeed, we are shot. We were all doomed. Apart from the miraculous redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ we would be eternally separated from the Father and exist in eternal misery.
Through the Lord Jesus Christ, each child of the King has been healed from the consequences of their inherited sin nature and sins.
© Dr. H 2022