Monday, April 7, 2014

I Am Not What I Will Be

By Dr. Ronnie W. Wolfe

It is a fact that I am not what I will be. There is no doubt that I will be older if I continue to live. I may be weaker, and  I may be ill or in a nursing home; but it is certain I am not what I will be. But I am not talking about these things. I will explain as we go along.

In thinking of this subject, let us consider that I am not what I used to be. When the Lord saved my soul at the age of 13, I was changed both in my mind and my soul. I repented of my sins and trusted Jesus Christ as Savior. I am now a new creature in Christ, because . . .if a man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all thing are become new, (2 Cor. 5:17).

Neither am I what I could be. I could be involved in all kinds of terrible sin. I could be a murderer. I could be a gambler or many more evil things, but I am not, due to God's grace.

But then I am what I am, as Paul says, . . . by the grace of God I am what I am . . . (1 Cor. 15:10).

But, then I am not what I will be. I will one day be perfect. I will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye (1 Cor. 15:32). I will be with Jesus (John 14:3). I will be in eternity that was promised to me by Christ (Heb. 9:15). I will have a new body like the Lord's (Phil. 3:21). Are you saved by God's grace? If not, you may be right now what you will always be.

You are what you are, but are you what you are by the grace of God? Only God's grace can change your heart and give you a new life so you will be a new creature. Trust him today for salvation.

From First Baptist Church Bulletin, Feb. 16, 2014

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