by: Mountainside Admin
You were dead in your trespasses and sins. (Eph 2:1)
Are sinners dead, even those who call themselves Christians? They’re spiritually dead. Why? Because they harbor sin. Maybe they’re not murderers, adulterers, or alcoholics. Maybe they’re just greedy or religious. Maybe they just don’t tell the truth all the time. And they won’t come to God honestly saying, “God, here I am, you know my heart.” He can work with an honest heart and give the power to repent from sin. But if they hide that sin, there’s no power there to change it. So they are spiritually dead in trespasses and sin.
Love vs. Approval.
Does God love us in our trespasses and sin? Yes, for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son. Does he approve of us in our trespasses and sins? No, big difference. Loving and caring for us and approving and okaying us are two different things. He loves us because he wants us to come out of trespasses and sin. Jesus is coming to us and saying, “Believe my gospel, the cross, and the resurrection. I’ll give you life, forgive you and pardon you.” There is a punishment for sinning. After you die there is the judgment. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all the people to repent. (Acts 17:30)
“If you will repent, believe and identify with my death, burial and resurrection, I will make you alive. I will destroy sin in your life; I will do my part. But if you don’t repent, I’m going to judge you.” God has set a day when he will judge the world with justice. (Acts 17:31)
There is one gospel, one Lord, one message and one savior and we better listen to it. He commands us to repent because if we don’t respond he has to judge us even if we call ourselves Christians.
Seek the Lord while he may be found. Call upon him while he’s near. (Isaiah 55:6)
- While he’s talking to you, talk to him…
- While he’s trying to touch you, you need to respond to him.
Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts and let them return to the Lord, he will have mercy upon them and he will abundantly pardon. (Isaiah 55:7) But we must repent. We’ve got to confess. We’ve got to seek him while he may be found.