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PASTORS PERSPECTIVE

Dead or Alive

After reading through the book of Ephesians, I was so encouraged by what the Lord Jesus has done for us. There are so many benefits God has bestowed upon His Church that are found in the first three chapters.

In chapter two, I stopped and pondered verses 1-3; “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.”

He made alive – born again, converted, alive in Jesus for we are alive through a relationship with Him. Jesus in us is the hope of glory, and we are in Jesus which is a personal relationship. We are made alive to God, His Word, in obedience to His will. It is such a joy to be used by the Lord to make an impact for Him everywhere we go.

To contrast being alive is being dead in trespasses and sins. According to Romans 6:23, “the wages of sin is death.” It is spiritual separation from God. To be dead one does not have any convictions of sin, righteousness or judgment. Remember we once walked practicing trespasses and sins.

The question always arises in regards to eternal security – are we secure or can we lose it? The second question is if we were to die today, where would we spend eternity? When the answer is “I hope heaven” it violates God’s Word to the believer as we see in I John 5:13- the relationship is that we shall “know that we have eternal life.” Pastor Chuck Smith, when questioned about eternal security or losing salvation, responded by saying, “I do not know, but if you are in Christ, you have nothing to worry about.”

So…. be reminded; Jesus has made you alive to live for Him today.

Jesus loves you!
Pastor Roger Stahlhut

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