“For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.” Romans 5:10 NLT
Living apart from God makes you His enemy. I suppose I never really give it much thought, but according to Paul’s letter to the Romans it’s true. So that would mean that even those who mentally acknowledge God’s existence yet haven’t sought forgiveness for their sin are still considered enemies of God. Accepting an unseen, all-powerful spiritual being as the one who created them may seem like something out of Marvel Comics to some, but the reality of it is all around us if we choose to see it.
As believers, we are considered friends of God and all the benefits that come from that union are ours. The blood of Christ has bridged the gap man made between him and God by his sin. There are so many folks who are unaware of this gap that must be closed between God and man. They accept the existence of God not understanding that mental assent is woefully insufficient a response. Christ’s death on a cross is meant to solicit a much deeper, more heartfelt response that leads a person to total surrender.
Not understanding what Christianity truly entails and what is expected of its followers, people incorrectly assume the rigidness of it. They like life the way it is and feel that if they are good enough they may get into heaven. But what if you could know heaven was your eternal destination? Don’t fool yourself by thinking you can acknowledge the Lord’s existence and get into heaven. It simply doesn’t work that way. Jesus didn’t allow Himself to be beaten bloody to within an inch of His life so that we would simply believe in Him. It’s an all in scenario we are dealing with here. You can’t stick your big toe in the ocean and expect to get your whole body wet. You have to dive in. Choose life over death. Choose Christ over self. Choose rescue over ruin. Choose a personal relationship with God over separation from Him. Choose His grace and live. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2012.