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The Good Seed - Thursday, August 24, 2017
by GBV Dillenburg GmbH

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Ephesians 2:1,4,5

We should hardly describe people who are very lively as dead; but from God's point of view, morally they are dead, "dead in trespasses and sins", as our verse from the Bible states. It cannot be otherwise.
What is God to do with people who have no time for Him and do not trouble about Him either in their actions or their thinking? What use has He for people who basically deny Him or are either secretly or openly rebellious towards Him? Even so-called good people often do not trouble about God's will, and that is sin, even if they are unaware of it.
Because everyone has innumerable trespasses and sins against God to account for, even the best are sinners and therefore dead or useless, as far as God is concerned. We may dislike this diagnosis; fortunately, it is not the final thing the Bible has to say on the subject.
Even if God sees man as dead in this sense, He nevertheless does not regard him as unimportant. This is truly not easy to understand. It is one of the great and wonderful mysteries of God that He is concerned about us. God seeks such dead, lost people, wishing to make them alive, so that they can enjoy untroubled fellowship with His as His children.
God alone is able to do this miracle and bring forth life from death. He still does so today through Jesus Christ.
Today's reading: 1 Kings 22:1-14


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