“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,” Ephesians 2:1 (NASB)

18 09 2007

Colby, Kansas.

The sinful lost condition of people apart from Jesus Christ is certainly a situation that is not foreign to western Kansas, including the town of Colby where I and my family live. There are a good number of committed born again Christian people that live here and a number of evangelical churches of differing denominational shades and hues in the region. These Christian brethren are dearly loved in the Lord, people justified before God and saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, but still living here in this world with the responsibility before God to follow and live for the Lord Jesus Christ as He called us to do in Luke 9:23-25:

“And He was saying to them all, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?”

In Colby as in any community are also many, many people who do not have a saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ – who do not trust in his shed blood on the cross as the payment before God for the penalty due for their sins. Many of these people have strong moral and ethical foundations, are valued law abiding citizens and in some cases leaders in the community, doing much to care for and help protect and provide for their families and their friends and neighbors. Regardless of these good works, without true faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for their eternal salvation, these people are not born again children of God, without the indwelling Holy Spirit to enable them to live lives that are not enslaved to sin. And Jesus said “…unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)

John MacArthur talks about “Sin, and What to Do About It” in this article on the Grace to You Website: http://www.gty.org/resources.php?section=articles&aid=231163

(Quoting from the article) “To repent is to “turn away from all your transgressions” (Ezekiel 18:30). It means confessing and forsaking your iniquities (Proverbs 28:13), and completely hating your sin (2 Corinthians 7:11). If repentance stresses turning away from sin and self, believing emphasizes what to turn toward-“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved” (Acts 16:31).” Adapted from The Vanishing Conscience© 1995 by John MacArthur. All rights reserved.

We all need Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord – He is the answer to the our problem of sin and requisite judgement before a Holy God.

Churchlayman

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