by Dr. Charles Stanley
Saturday July 10, 2004
InTouch Early Light Devotional
Loved But Lost
Many people today assume that because God is loving, He will make a place for everyone in heaven. They do not comprehend the basic truths about "lost" and "saved."
1. All human beings start life as "lost" people. Since he was the first man, Adam served as representative of the human race. When he sinned against God (Genesis 3), his spirit became one of rebellion and sinfulness. (Romans 5:12) It is that "sin nature," passed down through every generation, that results in our being "lost." Neither our deeds nor the fact of God's love are the determining factors.
2. Mankind is dead in trespasses and sins. (Ephesians 2:1) When Adam sinned, his intimate relationship with God died. We, his descendants, are born into that state. Although we are physically alive at birth, our spirit - the only part of us that can relate to God - is dead.
3. We are eternal beings. Because we are made in God's image, our souls are eternal. Yet Scripture tells us that those who reject Christ as their Savior will perish. (John 3:16) It does not mean annihilation; it means that the "lost" will live forever but be eternally separated from God.
4. New birth is required. (1 Peter 1:3) To have a relationship with God requires that the part of us that has been dead to God now become alive. When we trust Jesus as our Savior, the very life of God is born in us, and we move from being spiritually dead and lost to alive and saved.
God, out of love for us, provided just what we needed - a Savior. Start spreading the truth!
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