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Christopher Wallace, AKA Biggy Smalls, is arguably one of Hip Hop’s greatest artists of all time; unfortunately, his life ended in a hail of gunfire in March 1997.

On his song “Suicidal Thoughts” from his “Ready to Die” album, he says:

“When I die, f**k it, I wanna go to hell
'Cause I'm a piece of s**t it ain't hard to f***!n' tell
It don't make sense, goin' to heaven with the goodie-goodies
Dressed in white, I like black Timbs and black hoodies..”

He was so convinced he was headed for Hell for all of the crimes/sins he committed and he viewed God as “strict” that would keep him from doing the things he wanted (Gal. 5:17). He bought the lie from the devil that God was not indeed good, but that man was and therefore he did not desire to be amongst the “goody-goodies;” but if he only knew that only God is good (Mark 10:18, Rom. 3:10-12).

The Father is a good God who sent His good Son to redeem us for His good pleasure. It is not due to a particular work we’ve done (Tit. 3:4-5, Phil. 2:13), but this is a difficult truth for the common man to grasp because in the words of Voddie Baucham, “You and I are sinners. Moreover, we are self-deceived. We do not see ourselves accurately. Every one of us thinks more of us himself than he ought.” God’s Spirit shows us what manner of people we are through His Holy Word to show us our desperate need for Jesus, by opening our eyes to see that we are “poor, wretched, pitiful, blind and naked” (Rev. 3:17).

Biggie truly was notorious, but sadly he had it notoriously wrong, about the Gospel of grace and those who inherit the promises of God through this grace by which we stand. The white raiment he despised is the very righteousness of Christ, the only thing capable of saving man’s soul from eternal death, but sadly he was “ready to die” apart from the One who made him. And such were some of us. But as the Apostle Paul said, “but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:11

The only difference between the Christian and non-Christian, the grace and mercy of God. May we abandon all of our efforts to atone for our sins and by His marvelous grace, may we receive His glorious Gospel that saves the worst of the worst.