Day 16 | No Longer Enemies
Reading: Romans 5:6-11
Enemies of God, really? If you are like me, you have a hard time grasping you were ever God’s enemy, but in fact we were. We don’t see ourselves that way. We certainly don’t want to be, and we know anyone that is an enemy of God is fighting a losing battle. The Bible makes it clear that every person is born into sin and because of our sinfulness we are at war with God. Ephesians 2:1-3 says that we were “dead” and “by nature children of wrath”. Colossians 1:20-22 says that we “once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds”. If you take the time to read those two texts it is clear that before we surrendered to Christ we were in an irrecoverable place. We were pitted against the omnipotent Creator and King of all the universe as his enemy.
At Christmas we celebrate Jesus being born to pay for our sin and make us right with God. His righteousness is given to us so that we are no longer enemies with God. It’s such good news because the gospel goes much further. Christmas means we can move from being an enemy of God to being loved by Him. Romans 8 reveals that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Once we are in right relationship through the blood of Jesus there is nothing that can remove us from his grip of grace. That is certainly something to celebrate this Christmas.
Question: If God is for you, who can be against you?