The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

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12/01/2017

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Made Alive


"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of the world...." (Eph.2:1-2).

No feature of Christian teaching is more foundational and dear to all that the New Testament is about than the doctrine of grace... To really understand and appreciate God's grace in Christ is to comprehend the meaning of salvation from sin, and reconciliation with God... As we look at today's verses, we can see that the beginning of the path to spiritual life is the realization that all people were "dead," that is lost in sin. They were separated from God before Christ came... "For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came through Jesus Christ" (Rom.3:23-24). The apostle Paul's subject to the Romans, Ephesians and us is that he did not want us to abandon our faith for the sake of "if-it feels-good-do-it" doctrine... He directs his teaching to all people throughout the world, whatever their state of sinfulness, to move from that to the Lord. You might remember, that back in Paul's day, Jews were the first converts, and then the Gentiles came in... The Jews may have thought that they had some sort of exclusiveness when it came to Christianity, but Paul along with Peter broke that bubble. In that he addressed all that were in sin, regardless of race, in verses 4-5, Paul nails it... "But because of his great love for us, God who is rich in mercy, made us alive in Christ even when we were dead in transgressions ----- it is by grace you have been saved." The realization that we are sinners, begins the process of healing by accepting Jesus into our lives... What happens then you ask? We are made alive....

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Thank God I'm Forgiven.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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