If we believe what we profess because it is what the Bible teaches we must conclude that the salvation of sinners is by God alone.
The Bible describes the state of a man without God in several ways. One of those is that a man without God is Dead.
(Colossians 2:13, Ephesians 2:1,5) Just as surely as a man’s body is dead without his spirit (James 2:26), a man’s spirit is dead without the infusion of the life of Jesus by the means of the Holy Spirit of God.
Although this death is spiritual, it is no less true than physical death. A dead man’s greatest need is not religion, not reform, not new dedication, not church membership, no, his greatest need is life!
A dead man is powerless to do anything, and furthest from the realm of possibility is that a dead man can give himself life. Only God can give life! Here is the great overlooked and under appreciated fact of the gospel, God makes dead sinners live!
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ, by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4-5)
Spiritual life is beyond the scope of probability for a dead man, only a merciful and loving God can make us alive together with Christ! There is no spiritual life outside of Christ and every person who is not alive in Him is spiritually dead. He is dead to everything about God and unless God acts in mercy and love this dead sinner will only know God’s anger and fury against sin.
Just as certain as God called Lazarus to life from death he too calls spiritually dead sinners to a resurrected life in Jesus! Only God can do that.
…to be continued…
Royce, great thoughts. I am speaking at the Copper Basin Encampment this month. My topic is, “So you think you’re good enough to be saved. I have been working on material that is similar to your thoughts in this post. I am going to post something later this week on the role of the Spirit in declaring and keeping us righteous. I appreciate your blog, your thoughts, and the good work you do for the Lord. God Bless you in all you do.
Thanks Dell. I’ll be checking in on your blog.
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