If Christ didn’t change your life, you are not saved!
I don’t know who stated that first, but it is absolutely TRUE! The Lord made it very clear that He did not come to pat us on the hand and say, “It’s alright. Everything will be okay.” No, He came to shake us up and to kill us! Through the Prophet Jeremiah He said:
“Isn’t my word like a fire that consumes all that cannot endure the test or like a hammer that shatters a rock of the most stubborn resistance? (Jeremiah 23:29)
I don’t know, but it sounds to me like He is taking this “being Saved” stuff pretty seriously! I am bringing this us because far too many supposed “believers” are fooling themselves. They have no idea what it means to be free from the chains of sin. They claim to follow Jesus, yet behave exactly like unbelievers! They foolishly profess that they are “saved by Gods grace.” But do they truly understand what being “Saved by Grace” means or even implies? As one brother has said, “If it wasn’t for their Christian bumper sticker, you would never know that they were ‘saved’! We rely too much on our bumper stickers and cross necklaces!
Paul dealt with this mindset in the letter he wrote to the believers in Rome. He was telling them all kinds of wonderful things. You know, how at times when sin flows, God’s Grace overflows. But why? So, we can bask in the joy and glory of being “saved“?
You have to understand that people were always Paul of saying that sin didn’t matter anymore. But that ain’t true, at all! As Clarence Jordan explains in the Cotton Patch Version:
“So what are we advocating? ‘Let’s wallow in sin, so more grace can pour forth’? Hell, no! How can anyone who died in sin continue to live in it?” (Romans 6:1, Cotton Patch Version)
As Spurgeon pointed out:
“If our religion does not make us moral, it is a millstone about our necks to destroy us! The best morality in the world will not prove a man to be a Christian! But if a man has not morality, it proves that he is not a child of God.” ~C.H. Spurgeon
According to Tozer, there are many “professing” Christians who have amazing testimonies of how they are “thankful for God’s plan in sending Christ to the cross to save me from hell.” And that is great! We should be thankful for that! However, this is a “cheap, low-grade and misleading kind of Christianity” that allows people to believe God paid off their debt of sin with the blood of His Son, but never consider to ask, “why” He sent His Son? Was it just so we could brag about it? Is it so we can sit back in our pews and smile politely?
No! Or to quote Jordan, “Hell, no!” His hope for saving us is that we would allow the Spirit He gave us to reproduce the image of Jesus in our previously-sinful lives! Isn’t that what Paul proudly declared?
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live! No, Christ lives in me! Hallujah! The life I am living today is lived by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me! (Galatians 2:20)
“Somebody suggested that the cross of Christ should not inconvenience people. Well, it is the most inconvenient thing in the world, this cross of Christ! It took a man by the name of Jesus in the height of his healthy human life and took Him out on a hillside and killed Him there – now, that’s an inconvenient thing for Him! And any cross is inconvenient; it’s a most inconvenient thing, this accepting Christ if we know what we mean by it.”
Paul told the believers in Colossae:
I pray that you will be grateful to our Father for letting us have a part in what he has promised his people in the kingdom of light. He rescued us from the dark power of Satan and brought us into the kingdom of his dear Son, who forgives our sins and sets us free” (Colossians 1:12-14)
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