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A Word to the Wise – 5-11-2016

by Dr. Walter Olsen

How does the life of a person change when he comes to Christ for salvation? Of course, there are many changes that could be enumerated, but let’s check a reliable Biblical source.

The Apostle Peter, in speaking of such a person, said, “That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries” (I Pet. 4:2-3). The point is, believers no longer have an interest in the sinful things they practiced before salvation. These things made up their lives before they came to Christ. True, there may still be an attraction to these things when one is not faithful in his walk with God, but they do not define the life of a dedicated Christian. It is for this reason that Peter said of unbelievers, “Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you” (I Pet. 4:4). The life of the believer changes because of the indwelling presence of Christ.

First Baptist Church of Woodville

Dennis Tapp, Pastor 715-698-2624