The Messenger - March/April 09





It has long been the desire of politicians to create a classless society where there will be real social integration and inclusivity. No one is to feel different because of their colour, age, gender, race, religion, disabilities or any of the other reasons that cause some to feel marginalised or excluded. The days of apartheid are over and racialism is now an offence. Legislation has been passed so that disabled people are no longer disadvantaged or discriminated against, so no one need feel different. On every hand attempts are being made to gradually blur the distinctions which were once so accentuated and of which so many were embarrassingly and acutely aware.


Although for many these are fairly recent developments, the Bible has stated for centuries, in Romans 3.22,23 that "there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." In this sense all men are equal and stand on the same platform. Regardless of their social status, background, privileges, religion or achievements, all are sinners and all in need of salvation. According to Romans 3.19 God has concluded "all the world" guilty before Him. Whether you have been brought up in a Christian home or are an atheist, there is no difference. We must all stand beneath the one umbrella, convinced and convicted of our sinnership before God. It is true of every one of us as is written in Psalm 51.5, "Behold I was shapen in iniquity; And in sin did my mother conceive me." In chapter 18 of the Gospel by Luke we read of a man who was unwilling to accept this universal truth. The unnamed Pharisee visited the temple as no doubt he was accustomed to do and prayed thus with himself, "God, I thank Thee that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess." His visit to the temple was to no profit; he returned exactly as he came, unblessed and still ignorant of his sad condition before God.


Although not pleasant or palatable, it will be to our benefit to accept Godís verdict concerning us, because He does want to make a radical difference in our lives and save us from our wretched and sinful condition. As we are, we cannot ever hope to be in heaven, a change is vital and necessary and in John 3.3 we learn from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." These words were addressed to a man who would have considered himself to be very different from the masses of humanity - his name was Nicodemus, he was a chief Rabbi, strictly adhering to the religion of his fathers but to him the Lord Jesus said, "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again" John 3.7


Dear reader, have you experienced this change that is referred to as being born again or are you still in that condition which is true of every human being prior to conversion? Deliverance can only be experienced by trusting Godís Son who came ìto put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself" Hebrews 9.26. He was different from all in that He was absolutely sinless, but He willingly "bare our sins in His own body on the tree" 1Peter 2.24. Trust Him today and experience the great difference that only He can effect and without which you can never be in heaven.


Reproduced from "Assembly Testimony" obtainable from W. Neill,
109 Lurgan Road, Banbridge, BT32 4NG, N. Ireland


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