In Times Past And Such Were Some Of You

Ephesians 2:3 – Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

1 Corinthians 6:11 – And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Hello all. First blog of 2018, hoping my readers have a great new year! Today we will be looking at salvation. The above verses are quoted because the topic today will be that a salvation that doesn’t change you is not a salvation at all.

Salvation. What is salvation? Salvation means the act of saving, preserving, deliverance from destruction, calamity, great danger. Salvation in the Bible ultimately is when you get saved, you are saved from hell and the eternal wrath of God. Salvation is also being saved from the power, penalty and presence of sin. It is through Jesus Christ that salvation is available to mankind.

Salvation produces change. When someone gets saved, they are a new creature. Salvation is a new birth, the instant you place your faith in Jesus Christ, and believe on him and receive what he has done for you, God births a new creature in you born of God, perfect and sinless. Yes, we all sin and do sin, it is not the new creature that sins, it is the old creature, which remains until we die. Thus we have a Spirit vs flesh battle that Paul wrote of in Romans 7.

So salvation is change. There is the future aspect of it, where we are saved from going to hell. But there is the now aspect of it, we are saved now. The Bible says now are we the sons of God. We are also saved practically in our lives here and now. Hence the above verses… in times past… and … such were some of you. Read around and God is saying that there is a distinct change brought about in a person when they get saved.

And think about it. When you get saved your body becomes indwelt by and thus the temple of the Holy Spirit. God is holy, so we will be holy (or should be). But yes, the Bible says we bear great treasure in earthen vessels. We are compassed with infirmity. The Bible says greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. So although there is a struggle, just like the struggle of the twins in the womb of Rachel, just like Jacob struggling all night at Peniel, there can only be one victor. Because Jesus is infinitely victorious, so if he is in you, dwelling in your heart by faith, Jesus will win the battle, both now, and ultimately in the future.

Most people have a salvation with no practical element, they want out of hell, they want to escape the consequences of their sinful, unrepentant lifestyle, but want to live their own way here. There is a verse in the Bible that accurately depicts this. Isaiah 4:1 – And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach. What’s this verse saying? Many people want the name of Christ, but they want to do their own thing.

Someone who has ever received repentance (a word and thing missing today) will have a different attitude towards sin. Salvation is a changed life. It’s a new birth, it’s a transformation, it’s a completely different mind. How does this all happen? Well only a saved person knows, but it’s all in the Bible. The Holy Spirit quickens our minds, changes us into the image of Christ, who did no sin, who have victory over death and hell.

Sadly, most people have a “sorry” more like Pharaoh then like Peter. Go back to Exodus. Pharaoh many times said sorry. In fact look here. Look at what came out Pharaoh’s mouth. And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are wicked. Pharaoh was wicked, and the judgement of God was falling upon him and his people, and he knew about sin, about God, he acknowledged his sin… but he never repented of his sin. He was sorry one second, then not sorry the next. He “thought better” of his repentance, he repented of his repentance. 2 Corinthians 7:10 – For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.  Can any verse more adequately summarize Pharaoh’s life. Most people are like Pharaoh, God’s judgement falls in their lives, things go wrong, they “repent” for a time, but as soon as God’s hand is removed, they go back to who they truly are.

Many people are “love” only Christians. And yes, God is love, but then their lives show nothing of holiness, sanctification by the Holy Spirit, nothing that evidences repentance of sin, no changed life, no renewed mind. They are still stuck in their old ways. And the pig that was washed still goes back to the wallowing in the mire, and the dog returns to it’s vomit. That’s their nature, and those creatures have that nature, you can’t change it, try though you might. You can wash them, but it’s in them to be that and do that. That’s why we need to be born again. We need to be a new creature with a new nature, because our unsaved, unrepentant, sinful creature and nature is utterly corrupted. God uses those creatures to show a great spiritual truth(s). The pig is still a pig ultimately, the dog is still a dog ultimately, we have to be born again, we need to be made a new creature and similarly unless you are born again, you still will be what you truly are, doesn’t matter if you turn over a new leaf, or get a facelift, or try papering over the cracks with surface level religion. Jesus said noone can see or enter the kingdom of God without being born again.A saved person is translated into a different kingdom, we go from the kingdom of darkness and power of Satan to the kingdom of light and the glorious liberty of Jesus Christ. Does your life reflect that you are in a different kingdom? Jesus said the prince of this world is judged, his kingdom is defeated, it’s time to jump off that sinking ship. Faith without works is dead.

A salvation without change is no salvation at all. There is evidence of being born again if it’s there. There is a change that results from the deep change inside. In Genesis 1 we read that the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the deep. Only God can access the deep of our hearts. It’s a work of God, and salvation belongeth unto the Lord. He is very longsuffering, and the Bible says the longsuffering of God is salvation. There is a before and after to this thing. It’s not legalism, it’s not works based salvation, because we are saved by grace through faith, but that salvation does change us inside, and thus affects the outside. That is an inescapable fact. Don’t deceive yourself. In times past, and such were some of you.

Titus 3:3 – For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

Titus 3:4 – But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

Titus 3:5 – Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Titus 3:6 – Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

Titus 3:7 – That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

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