Aug 6, 2009

Dead in our sins

Even though these are somewhat brief, I hope they are still an encouragement to you. Here is the next letter:

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” ~Rom. 3:23

Now for the next letter in “TULIP.” Since I talked about God’s calling us last letter, I thought I might supply the reason we need it next. Even though I said we have no part in the calling, I didn’t explain why. Rom. 6:15-23 says that we are either slaves of sin or slaves of God. The slaves do not make the Master’s decisions, but instead make their own. Slaves of sin will always serve themselves, slaves of God will always serve God. The only difference is the master. Throughout history states under subjection have rebelled against their rulers. In sin we rebel against God but we have no hope of winning. We are like inexperienced children with sticks against an immeasurable army of trained warriors in full armor. Actually, we’re like dead men with sticks. WE also are the created. God, as the Creator, has rule over His creation. He is the Potter and we are the clay. He chooses whether to save or destroy. We cannot help ourselves because we are dead in sin. We are “totally depraved” (the “T” in “TULIP”). WE are like bodies without muscles and bones. We think, but cannot move. God has given us the knowledge of a life with Him. He has healed our broken bodies. We become His children and sheep. God is the Father and Shepherd and has rule over His own. Praise Him for His infinite mercy, for though we were dead in our sins, He saved us and raised us to new life! Rejoice that you have the best Master! He is better than anything you can imagine! Glory be to God in the Highest! God bless!

Your brother in Christ,


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