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. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ. Click image to link to source.
I’m not a very nice person by nature.
As a 20-something-year-old I lived my live preciously how I wanted. I couldn’t have cared two hoots for God, the Bible or any of that Christian mumbo jumbo.
When I came to faith it wasn’t because I was a good person and decided I wanted to be even better. No! When I came to faith it was because I was a wretch who realized I couldn’t be better; I desperately needed a savior.
That startling moment, about 12 years ago, was when I “got saved”.
Listen to the following passage,
And you were dead
in your trespasses and sins, 2
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. 3
Among 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. 4
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5
even when we were dead
in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved
and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7
so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8
For by grace you have been saved
through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9
not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
There is a real sense that all Christians are “saved”. That’s why we ask, “Are you saved?” and look concerned if you answer, “No.” or “I don’t know.” We want to know if you’ve arrived at that place of grace, mercy and love; whether you’ve crossed over from “death” to “life”.
Other verses worth looking up are Romans 8:24, 2 Timothy 1:9 and Titus 3:5.