Total Depravity


--Our weekly article in the Northport Gazette.

Watering the Tulips

1/5/2010

“And you hath he quickened, that were dead in trespasses and sins…” – Ephesians 2:1

Child of God, have you ever considered exactly what God has done for you? Even when we were spiritually dead, He reached down and saved us by His sovereign power. When we were interested in walking “according to the course of this world” (Ephesians 2:2), He caused us to see our wretched condition before Him and drew us by chords of grace to His Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ (John 6:44). We “were by nature the children of wrath” and He quickened us and caused us to be His children. He adopted us. Jonah was right – “Salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:9).

Did you know that the natural man has no desire for God? I Corinthians 2:14 says, “But the natural man perceiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him, neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned”. Did you get that? In our natural state, we were lost and didn’t know it and couldn’t do anything about it if we had known it. We may not have been as bad as we could have been, but, we could not have been any worse off than we were. We were totally depraved. “But God which is rich in mercy, through his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead by sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by whose grace ye are saved.” (Ephesians 2:4-5).

Some may ask, “What use is it to know what a dreadful state we were in before we were saved?” There are actually several positive points to learn from this truth. First, we ought to thank God every day for saving us. We should praise Him for loving us before we loved Him. More than that, “we love Him because He loved us first” (I John 4:19). His love for us caused our love for Him. Secondly, this understanding ought to drive us to missions. There are multitudes of lost and dying folks around us every day. But, God can save them. They are no more lost than we were. Thirdly, there is real hope for all of our lost loved ones. Though they may be carnal and at enmity with God (Romans 8:7), God can save them. We can pray to God with confidence that He can save the greatest sinner in the world with the same ease by which He saved us. Praise Him for His sovereign grace!!

--Watering the Tulips is brought to you by Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Northport, AL. For more information, please visit www.sovereigngrace.net .

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