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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’ Mt 4:4.

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Oct 3

Written by: Andries
Thursday, October 03, 2019 4:19:15 AM  RssIcon

Do you remember that before you belonged to Christ you were held in a prison called Spiritual Death?

 

The Bible comments clearly on this in Ephesians 2: 1 – 7:

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. We were by nature children of wrath. But God, being rich in mercy, made us alive together with Christ and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus.

 

It is this combination of despair and faith that Paul speaks about that reveals to us the refreshing realism of the Bible. For what Paul does in this passage is to paint a vivid contrast between what humankind is by nature and what we become by grace in and through Jesus Christ, the risen Lord. It is this life that the missional church shares with the world in dire need of the Redeemer.

 

This contrast between the spiritual death of humankind and the deliverance of God causes us to rejoice about the privilege to live the Body Life, in other words the true life found in the Church of Christ. This joy has to spread like wild fire where the Church of Christ is alive.

 

Our past state is defined as being disobedient. It says “you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air”. We once were children of disobedience. Spiritual death and disobedience characterised our lives before we came to live in Christ. We walked according to the directions of ungodly society before we came nearer to Christ, to live in him. We are called to show the way out of the haze of defiance.

 

Why reflect on this?  That we may rejoice with enthusiasm about the Body Life given to us in Jesus our Lord, share the new life in Christ and praise God with all our heart for the resurrection life, when we understand that it delivered us from our sins and from the wrath of God - and made us a people who are alive through the Spirit: sanctified, forgiven and saved and sent into the world to share the amazing joy.

 

Praise God for the grace of knowing that we now are part of Christ’s Body – one of those people who are alive in him. Only Jesus has the key to unlock the prison of spiritual death.

Tell the world and praise his glorious Name!

  

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