encouragement side

"And you were dead in your trespasses and sins."

-Ephesians 2:1

They say it is an original copy, but if it is a copy how can it be original? They say he was killed by friendly fire, but how can it be friendly and yet fatal? The Bible tells us, “you were dead in your trespasses and sins." But how can you be dead when you are still alive? Dr. Henry Ironside addresses the question when he writes, “To say that because a sinner, whether Jew or Gentile, is dead toward God, therefore he cannot repent, is to misunderstand the nature of that death. It is a judicial, not an actual death. The unsaved man is identified with sinning Adam by nature in practice, and so is viewed by God as dead in trespasses and sin. He is spiritually dead because sin has separated him from God. But actually, he is a living responsible creature …” Salvation is all of God, for it is only by His undeserved grace that one is saved. Only God can make you alive “together with Christ." But even though you were spiritually dead and separated from God, He still holds you responsible to respond to the gospel by faith. Therefore we read, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved …” Have you believed? Have you been brought out of spiritual death into spiritual life with Christ Jesus? If so, be encouraged!

References: Ephesians 2:1; Ephesians 2:5; Acts 16:31; Henry Ironsides (1876 - 1951)