STAYING ALIVE

All sinners are dead in sin. As long as a person is living in sin, committing sin, in bondage of sin, he is doomed and heading for hell, because the wages of sin is death. The soul that sins will die. Jesus came to take away the sins of the world.

Jesus sets the captives free. Those who receive and obey Jesus, who repent and are baptized, are delivered from the bondage of sin so that they can live holy and righteously, free from sin. They are made ALIVE, no longer dead in sin.

It is written: “1And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2in 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. 3Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:1-10.

As long as we stay IN Christ, live in obedience to Him, we are ALIVE, but if we sin, we die again. Those who go back to sin and do not repent will die in their sin. Sin separates us from Jesus. Without holiness no one will see the Lord. Our salvation depends on our relationship with Jesus, our obedience to Him. If we guard and build our relationship with Jesus, through prayer, listening to Him and obeying Him then we will bear good fruit and lead many to Jesus through our testimony. Every branch that does not bear fruit, that sins and does not produce other followers of Jesus, is ready to be cut off and burned. Sin destroys and kills our relationship with Jesus. If we are not ALIVE for Jesus and producing fruit that brings glory to Jesus and produces more followers of Jesus, we are dying, or already dead in our sins.

Our relationship with Jesus, our obedience and service to Him, our fruit, will determine whether we have eternal life or be cast into hell. Many are saved by grace and then they die in sin.

Are we staying alive, in Christ?

May Jesus bless you.

About Jan Boshoff - finalcall07

A bond servant of Jesus Christ
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