Alive in Christ

I John 3:5-10

Revelation 3:1b, "...I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead."

This is quite a thought provoking statement made by our Lord. Especially when we realize that He is making it to a local New Testament church. I am confident that the church in Sardis was not unlike many churches today. They no doubt had worship services where the Word of God was preached, songs were sung, and offerings of praise were made. But Jesus said that they were dead! How can this be?

Last week I was watching an episode of CSI-Miami. The opening scene was of a beach area filled with people. Then a sound was heard. A small aircraft came into sight, it appeared to be headed directly for the beach and people began to scatter. The first thought was that the pilot was intentionally flying directly into this crowded beach. But of course, after investigation it seems the pilot was already dead. The plane had been placed on autopilot and flew until it eventually crashed into this beach.

Many churches are on autopilot, they have the appearance of life, but sad to say…they are dead. The same is true of many folks who call themselves Christians. The have an appearance of life, but in reality they are dead!

Some might think that is too harsh, but it is a reality. Jesus warned of this very truth in Matthew 7:22-23

"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Talk about a sobering thought! I don't know about you, but I don't want to get to the end of this life and stand before the Lord Jesus Christ only to hear those words. "…I never knew you…depart from me…" The good news is that I don't have to wonder if that will be the Lord's response to me or not. I can be sure that I am truly alive in Christ, and not just have an appearance of life!

Read: 1 John 3:5-10

I. Spiritual Life = Salvation.

II. Religious Works = Death

III. Salvation = Change

Are you spiritually alive today? Check your vital signs against this standard. Don't be deceived into thinking that it isn't important that your life change. Don't be fooled today. You can know that you are saved. God's salvation isn't a think so, hope so, or maybe so. It is a know so salvation.

If you aren't sure you are saved today, you need to come in repentance and faith accepting the blood of Christ as the only way of salvation. Christians, what kind of fruit is in your lives?