March 18, 1984
To become a Christian is nothing less than to have your life transformed. Before Christ’s intervention, the state of any human soul is alienation. In fact, we weren’t just separated from God; we were His enemies! But now, since Jesus has taken our sins to the cross, we can be reconciled to God, freed from the deadly effects of sin and made holy. As Alistair Begg reminds us, however, what happens after reconciliation is critical: we must persevere in faith, which gives evidence of God’s good work in our lives.
21And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation7 under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.
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