Continued corruption or newness of life. I think that this is the decision that we need to make today for our lives. We hear so much about corruption and wickedness in people’s lives on the news. People are being corrupted on a large scale in our day and time. We read in the Bible about Noah’s day and time. How there was only Noah and his family who entered into the ark. This is a small remnant indeed. Eight people who made a decision for righteousness out of perhaps thousands upon thousands of people who lived at that time. This is very scary. It will be like the days of Noah, the Bible says, at the end. The Bible says that people without God ‘walk around in darkness stumbling on what they do not know’. This is an apt description of our times.
We cannot do this life faithfully and competently without God. We cannot do this life without being born again into a kingdom of Righteousness. The gospel is about God changing a person within their heart and mind to enable them to follow after righteousness and truth. We are born again of the Spirit of God. This is similar the Bible says to our being born into the world as a baby. A new life begins. We are born into the family of God. Our fate otherwise is a continuum of corruption and the eventual death of our souls.
Many people it seems are experiencing a hunger for peace, for happiness, for joy in their heart and lives. We hear about this from Hollywood stars. Some have all the money and influence in the world and are miserable and undone. Many have tortured lives. We need to recognize what we need as people, humble ourselves, and receive the gift of God thankfully with a grateful heart. The Bible declares to us that this wonderful gift is Jesus, the Savior of the world.
We are being taught today in the Church that we don’t have to change our wicked ways. If we try to, we are being legalistic. That we can continue sinning and God looks upon us as righteous. The gospel being preached today changes little if anything in the believer’s heart and mind. This is a different gospel than the one the Bible presents.