Thursday, September 19, 2013

When You Were Dead

"And you were dead in the trespasses and sins." Ephesians 2:1

Christian, can you argue against this? Would you say this is not your experience?

About those years you lived, before you came to know of the saving love of our Lord Jesus Christ, how do you remember them? Do you agree with Paul's diagnosis, that there was in fact no life in you at all, that being drowned in your sins, you were dead? That what the world calls living, is really no life at all?

If this is your experience, then you may rejoice that those days of death are once for all buried, that our Savior has raised you from the dead, that you may know life eternal. Oh how glorious a salvation he has wrought!

But what of you who have never remembered those days of old as being all that bad? Sure there are times that you may not have been proud of, but oh the fun you had. In fact, you begin to realize, that there never really has been a noticeable change between then and now. Much has continued on today just as it was yesterday.

Friend, if this describes you, I tell you beware. For you are surely in a dangerous place. Christ is seen most glorious and necessary by those who are being crushed under the weight of their guilt and sin. It is in the crying out in repentance and the laying hold of the forgiveness that Jesus offers, in which one enters into the peace of Christ and an eternal hope.

I ask you, just what did you repent of? For which sins did you seek our Lord's forgiveness? Why would you come to Christ, if you had no need of him?

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. Romans 6:20-21

Are you ashamed of the sins of your past? Or are you still bearing that same fruit?

I beg of you this day, to give no rest to the matter. Seek to make your calling and election sure. Confess your doubt and fears to Jesus, he will hear. Go to him in prayer. Cry out as David did,

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! (Psalm 139:23-24, ESV)

Today is the day of Salvation.

For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2, ESV)

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