Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Not Mere Improvement

I am continually struck at the vivid language the Bible uses to describe the transformation that a Christian undergoes. The Gospel is not mere improvement, it is a complete overhaul. It is complete newness. It is an eternal change in identity. It is a sad reality that many life long church goers have not experienced this eternal identity change. For the most part, Christianity is merely viewed as an elevated moral code or a set of guidelines for an improved life. Both of these rob the Gospel of its radical call to new life.

One doesn't need to search hard to find the Bible's elicit use of transformational language. Notice the vivid contrasts, the complete newness, the eternal identity change. A Christian is one who, by the Gospel was

Dead in their trespasses but now made alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5)
an enemy of God, but now reconciled (Romans 5:10)
alienated from God, far off, but now brought near (Colossians 1:21, Eph. 2:13)
walking in darkness, but now is in the light (Isaiah 9:2)
orphaned, but now adopted (Romans 8:15)
under condemnation, now free (Romans 8:1-2)
a slave to sin, but is now redeemed (John 8:34, 1 Peter 1:19)
guilty, but now justified (Romans 3:10, Galatians 2:16)
spiritually bankrupt, but now filled with the riches of God's grace (Eph. 1:7)
hungry, but now satisfied (John 6:35)

The list goes on.....

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