For Us or Against Us (3)

“And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word” (1 Kings 18:21).

My Dad always says, “there are no empty spaces in life. You are either serving God or you are serving the Devil.” There are modern ideas which suggests that there is good and evil in everyone. There is also an ancient Chinese philosophy called yin and yang which relates to dualism. This suggests that opposite forces such as good and bad or light and darkness can be complimentary or interdependent. I was at a training at work where colleagues suggested that everyone possessed a Jekyll and Hyde character. This relates to where people have two different sides to their personality where one is typically good and the other is evil.

Paul said in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” John also said in the New Testament, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). However, John further explained that, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). What this means is that once we confess Jesus Christ and repent of our sins, then we become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).

When we become the righteousness of God, we are no longer sinners. We were sinners but we are now saved by grace. This is because Jesus died and nailed to the cross every sin that we ever committed or will ever commit. Once we confess him as Lord and allow him to be Lord of our lives then we are his righteousness.

We no longer have a reason to limp between two positions and consider ourselves good and evil. We sit on the side of righteousness in Christ Jesus and we renounce all that is evil. Darkness has no place among light as light covers darkness.

“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness” (2 Corinthians 6:14)?

A.P.-Y.

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