Weekend Music - June 3, 2012
Sunday, June 3, 2012
- "Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)" by Paul Baloche
- "Might To Save" by Rueben Morgan and Ben Fielding
- "Made Alive" by Dustin Raley
- "Jesus Paid It All" by Elvina M. Hall
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:1-10 (ESV)
The shocking truth of who we are according to scripture is that we apart from Christ are dead. We are not just bad people; we are dead people. We are as a valley of dry bones as in the Book of Ezekiel - lifeless, hopeless. BUT GOD, has made us alive in Christ through the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit!
This is the part of salvation called regeneration. Regeneration is when God the Holy Spirit supernaturally imparts new spiritual life to a once spiritually dead person. It is this new life that makes us dead to sin and alive to Christ! One of the most amazing promises in all of scripture is this: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come" (2 Cor. 5:17). That is my encouragement to you today. "Behold, the new has come!" We have been made alive in Christ as a new creation. We are no longer children of wrath, dead in our sins. Now we can live lives pleasing to God by the power of the Spirit. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (see Rom. 8:1).