No Longer an Enemy
the days of the American Revolutionary War there lived in Ephrata,
Pennsylvania, a preacher by the name of Peter Miller who enjoyed the
friendship of General George Washington.
There also dwelt in that town one Michael Wittman, an evil-minded
man who did all in his power to abuse and oppose this preacher.
day Michael Wittman was involved in treason and was arrested and sentenced
to death. When the old
preacher heard this news, he started out on foot and walked the whole
seventy miles to Philadelphia to plead for this man's life.
He was admitted into Washington's presence and at once begged for
the life of the traitor.
said, "No, Peter, I cannot grant you the life of your
preacher exclaimed, "My FRIEND?? Why, this man is the bitterest ENEMY
cried, "What? You've walked seventy miles to save the life of an
ENEMY? Now that puts the matter in a different light. I will
grant the pardon."
so he did. And Peter Miller
took Michael Wittman from the very shadow of death back to his own home in
Ephrata -- no longer as an enemy, but as a friend.*
to our sins, you and I have been found guilty and sentenced to death.
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," and
"the wages of sin is death" (Romans 3:23; 6:23). However, Christ
walked the road to Calvary to seek reconciliation to God for US (His
enemies) Romans 5:10. But unlike Peter Miller, Christ did not just enter
"the very shadow of death" to save us; He actually gave His life so
that we might be reconciled to God.
see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for
the ungodly. Very rarely
will anyone die for a RIGHTEOUS
someone might possibly dare to die. But
his own love for us in this: While we were still SINNERS,
Christ died for us! Since we have now been justified by his
blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him!
For IF, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him
through the DEATH of his Son, HOW MUCH MORE, having been
reconciled, shall we be saved through his LIFE!" (Romans 5:6-10).
Christ you and I can be reconciled to God, IF… we will respond to Him in faith
(Hebrews 11:6), repentance
(2 Corinthians 7:9-10), confession
(Romans 10:9-10), and baptism (immersion) for
the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16).
Then, as we CONTINUE to walk in the light of His Word, the
cleansing blood of Jesus will CONTINUE to wash our sins away (1 John 1:7).
VALUE of something is often determined by the PRICE one is
willing to pay for it! Consider the GREAT price that was paid for OUR
OUR response should be to walk with Him now, not as an ENEMY, but as a
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