Psalms 85: 4-7 "Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.  Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?  Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?  Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation."
Most of us know very well that there are only two states of mankind. There are those who are saved, and there are those who are lost. All of humanity falls into one of those of those two categories saved or lost. A good knowledge of the Scriptures will convince us of this absolute division. We will live with the awareness that the whole world is divided and everyone we meet is either on the way to heaven with Christ as their Saviour (John 5:24), or will spend an eternity in the Lake of the fire having rejected Him (Revelation 20: 11-15.)
The Bible also teaches that there are two "classes" of Christians. Here is what Andrew Murray wrote about these two classes in his book, Revival.
"Everywhere in Scripture you will find God speaking of these two levels. The difference can be simply seen around us – between a healthy and sick man. Both are living men, with all the attributes that make up a man. But the one is able to fulfill his duty as a man, and to do so joyfully and successfully; while the other, because he is not well and lacks the needed strength, finds the performance of a duty a burden, if not an impossibility."
He continues on as writes, "Scripture divides Christians into carnal and spiritual – those who remain babes when they ought to be men, and those who have gone into maturity; those who walk after the flesh and those who walk after the spirit; those who live under the law and its bondage and those who live under grace, and the liberty and the joy that is gives. These illustrate the two possible states of believer – living either a feeble, sickly life, or a healthy vigorous one. Once we see this, every command to live up to the privileges of our state, every promise about the full salvation that the Holy Spirit can work, every warning about yielding to self and the flesh becomes a call to us to decide which of the two types of living shall be ours." (Pages 107-108)
There should be no doubt what God's will is for each of our lives. I also hope that you might know that my goal as a "spiritual father" and pastor is to do the same as written by the Apostle Paul in Colossians 1:28, "Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:"
- Pastor David Carroll, Senior Pastor, Sharon Baptist Church
Sharon Baptist church is an independent, fundamental Baptist church located in Hampton, VA.
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