Christianity 201

May 27, 2014

Where We’d Be Without Christ

Yielding To God BlogToday’s reading is from the blog Yielding to God, written by Reuel Dawal in The Philippines.  This is actually the second post on Psalm 14, if you want to read part one first, click here. To read part two (below) at source, click the title below. If you’re on Facebook, use the drop-down menu labeled “Christian Quotes” for some excellent graphics. You can also follow Reuel on Twitter by clicking here.

What We are Without Christ…

Psalm 14:2-3 “The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men to see if there is any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.”

David continues to describe the depravity of mankind before God. Thankfully, he is not applying his description to all men. For in verses 4 and 5, he speaks of God’s people and the righteous generation. So what David talks about are those who do not belong to God’s righteous people (those who are chosen by Him). Nevertheless, to the Christian, this description of David is what we were before coming to Christ. David could also point to himself as one of these people were it not for the mercy of God upon him. For we were also not a people once, until the Lord granted us His grace. Just as Peter exhorted, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy” (emphasis added, 1 Peter 2:9-10). This description of David is what we are without Christ.

  • No Understanding

When a person is not in Christ, he lacks understanding. He cannot see the truth; he cannot comprehend the reality of God. As 1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “[A] natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.” The wicked men, David says, cannot understand God and His word. Likewise, David could not as well unless God discloses Himself to him. We also were not able to understand God until Christ manifested Himself to us. For by Christ alone can we truly see God and come to Him (cf. Heb. 1:2-3).

  • No Taste for Heaven

When a person is not saved, he does not seek God. When I was still an unbeliever, I do not care about God at all. I may know the name ‘God,’ and that He exists, but the desire for Him is not in my heart. That is what we are without Christ. For only by Christ can one have a new heart and mind. Unless God Himself quickens a person, he cannot come to God.

  • A Rebel in the Universe

When a person is not saved, he is a rebel against God. Although God’s word is presented to Him, he resists and despises God (cf. Rom. 1:18-21). Without God’s regenerating power upon us, we won’t seek after Him. Rather, we will still continue going on our own way, seeking our own lusts, and getting farther from Him.

  • Spiritually Dead

When a person is not saved, he is spiritually dead. When I was still an unbeliever, all my human works are nothing before God (cf. Isa. 64:6). My [humanly good] works are but full of pride and wrong motives. All our works are works of unrighteousness before God’s perfect righteousness. Only by Christ can one gain favor in the sight of God. Only in Christ can our works be counted as righteous before God.

For Reflection

  1. Have you ever thought, “What would I be without God’s grace,” “What would I be without Christ?”
  2. If what is written above is what we are without Christ, how should it move us to humility and worship before Him? How should it make us filled with great joy for such a great salvation we have in Christ? How should it stir up our desire to know Him and serve Him more?