The Christian’s Past, Present, and Future
TEXT: Ephesians 2:1-7
There is no book like the Bible. It’s amazing how just a single verse or a short section of Scripture can speak such volumes to our hearts. Here in Ephesians 2, Paul is writing under the inspiration of God, and he describes the entire spectrum of the saved individual’s life. Here we can see what we were. We discover where we now stand. We also get to look into eternity and see what yet awaits us.
1. The Christian’s Past
v1-3 “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins:..”
Read through these first three verses, and you’ll see exactly what we were and where we stood with God before we were saved. Truly, we were the children of wrath. We were disobedient. We walked according to the course of this world and cared not for the things of God. Before salvation, we were doomed and destined for hell.
2. The Christian’s Present
v4-6 “But God who is rich in mercy…”
What an awesome occurrence when God “buts” in! Our past was hallmarked by iniquity and wrapped in wickedness, but what a present we have? God in love and mercy came to us. God gave us grace for our sin and mercy for our injustice. We were dead, but now are we quickened!
3. The Christian’s Future!
v7 “That in the ages to come…”
The best is truly yet to come. As good as life is today for the child of God, the ages to come will be far better! Heaven is waiting!
ILLUSTRATION: “While witnessing for Christ on the streets of a city in California, evangelist H.A. Ironside and his associates were often interrupted by questions from the crowd. “There are hundreds of religions in this country, and the followers of each sect think they’re right. How can poor, plain people like us find out what really is the truth?” Ironside and his friends would answer something like this: “Did I hear you say there are hundreds of religions? That’s strange; I’ve heard of only two. True, I find many shades of difference in the opinions of those comprising the two great schools. But after all, there are but two. The one covers all who expect salvation by doing; the other, all who have been saved by something done.” -Unknown
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Since 2006, Pastor Cooper has served as an evangelist and as a pastor, traveling across the nation holding revival meetings and preaching in Bible conferences. Pastor Cooper moved to join our staff in 2019 and is building the Tabernacle Bible Class. He and his wife, Desarae, are an incredible blessing to both the college and church families. Pastor and Mrs. Cooper have one son, Lincoln.