Until, Unless

u-turn-symbolAlthough the Bible is filled with precious promises of comfort, it is also filled with terrifying pictures of sobering realities. Some of the sobering realities the Bible offers is truth about those who live outside of faith in Jesus Christ; the truth about the state of non-believers.

For example, the Bible says that, outside of Jesus Christ, all people are…

Condemned. “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already.” John 3:18.

Without Excuse for Rejecting of God.For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” Romans 2:20.

Defiled.“What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit,sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” Mark 7:20-23.

Thoroughly Evil. “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Genesis 6:5 (also Romans 3:10-18).

Following Satan. You were, “following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.” Ephesians 2:2.

Enslaved by Their Sinful Desires. “You were slaves of sin…” Romans 6:20.

Enemies of God.“You were alienated…were enemies in your minds…” Colossians 1:21.

Objects of God’s Wrath. “We were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind…” Ephesians 2:3 (also John 3:36).

There is more to be said here, but the point is clear enough: it is terrifying to be outside of Christ. I would like to pose one question to ask in light of these stark statements.

Are these what used to be true of you or are they true of you now?

The truth is, until and unless you repent of your sin and trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, these statements are true of you. But if you have repented of sin and trusted in Jesus Christ to save you from your sins then these were once true of you. The truth is, the above statements either were true of you or are true of you now and the difference is found in whether or not you have repented and trusted in Christ.

If these are true of you today, hear God’s call to be saved. See the offer He lays at your feet.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:16-17

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. John 3:36

God holds His offer of salvation to all who will come. Have you come? Are you in Christ? Or are you outside of Him? Were these true of you? Then rejoice! Are these true of you? Then repent and believe!

About Dana Dill

I'm a Christian, husband, daddy, pastor, professor, and hope to be a friend to pilgrims on their way home.
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