Enemies of God

Why did Jesus have to die?  Although this question seems straightforward and we may be able to rattle off a few reasons why, there is one answer that we all need to realize.  We were enemies of God.  Now, just saying it may be easy, but actually realizing the animosity you once had towards God is a whole different understanding. 

We live in a culture and generation where it is difficult to show someone their sin.  The norm today is that every way is good and no one can tell you what is right and what is wrong.  Before you start dwelling on the difficulty of the culture, think about yourself.  Have you gotten caught up in this as well?  Many of us who have been raised in the church have never really heard or seen that we were once enemies of God.  Think about the word enemy.  What does it make you think of?

We were vile, hostile, ugly, cruel, haters of God.  Just dwell on that a moment.  Now, come with me to a few verses throughout scripture and let’s make a list about the unrighteous/ungodly man (i.e. what we were before Jesus):

Romans 1:18
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”

Acts 26:18
“…to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.”

Romans 8:6-8
“For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”

Ephesians 2:1-3
“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.  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.”

So how did you look in this list? 
You as an enemy toward God:

  • Suppressed the truth in unrighteousness.  You rejected anything about who God is (which is where truth comes from) and what God says.
  • You were in darkness.
  • You were in the dominion of Satan!
  • You were lost in your sins.
  • Your mind was set on you, which equals death.
  • You were hostile to God.
  • You did not subject yourself to the law of God and you weren’t even able to do so.
  • You could not please God.
  • You were dead in your sins.
  • You walked according to the course of the world and under the leadership of the prince of the power of the air (who is Satan and who works in the sons of disobedience).
  • You lived in the lusts of your flesh, indulging in any desire you wanted.
  • You were children of wrath.

This list isn’t pretty.  The hardest part about this list is truly understanding that this was you!  This was me!  Even if I have had a pretty “good” life, without Jesus I am this list.

So what now?  “Wretched man that I am!  Who will set me free from this body of death? (Rom. 7:25)”  The only answer for us is Jesus.  The only hope we have is for God, who created us, to mercifully send His Son to turn us to Him.  We will never turn and chase after Him in our flesh.  Jesus had to die so that we could be at peace with God.  Of course He did not HAVE to do what He did, but that is why it is called grace!  Does it not make you want to cry out in worship?! 

Colossians 1:19-20
“For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him (Christ), and through Him to reconcile all things (you and me) to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross…And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach.”

I do not want the above list to be depressing, but I do want it to be sobering to you.  My husband and I are expecting a baby girl in August, and as much as I will think she is the greatest thing on earth, she will be born into this list of ungodliness.  She will look absolutely perfect and adorable on the outside, but on the inside she will be a hostile enemy towards God.  Only Christ can save her and reconcile her to Himself.  The world is in the same position you once were.  Since you have been reconciled, do you not cry out to God for the lost around you?  Oh how I deeply care for this not yet born baby inside me to know Jesus.  That is my one desire and request.  Is it your heart’s desire to see this world reconciled to Jesus, just like you have been?

 

 Holly was a part of the first intern program in 2008.  She is also a newlywed of 2 years and is continually realizing the importance of her new role as a wife, as it mirrors the image of Jesus and His relationship to the church.  She puts her foot in her mouth many days and is competitive to a fault.  Her one desire is to dwell in the house of the Lord, to gaze on His beauty and to seek Him in His temple.

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03.09.12

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