The Differences in a Life Before Christ and After Christ
Rev. Dr. Ernest Brodie Jr.
There are many differences in our lives from before we had a personal relationship with Christ and after we have trusted Christ as our Savior. One man had grown up in church but had been away from it for over twenty years. That is a tragedy! Why does this happen? In Luke 8:5-15 we can read the parable of the sower and the seed. It is sad when one strays from living for God, goes back into the world, and attempts to find peace and fulfillment in the wrong places. Note the differences in a life before Christ and after Christ.
Our faith was in the flesh (Ephesians 2:11). We were trusting in the works of the flesh to please God, but we were separated from Him. Isaiah 64:6: “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” Man’s works are unacceptable to God and are as “filthy rags.”
We were friendless - “strangers from the covenants of God” (verse 12). We were friends of the world and without God. James 4:4: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
We were hopeless (verse 12). There is no hope in the world without God. The position of a person without Christ is like a ship without a rudder that means we had no direction or purpose.
We were without God (verse 12). Being without God means we did not have eternal life. John 14:6: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Jesus is the source of life. We were without light and had no direction in our lives. John 8:12: “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” We were without salvation. Paul wrote in Acts 4:12:“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other nameunder heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” We were without rest. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28: “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” And we were without peace. Colossians 1:20:“And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” No God- No peace. Know God - Know peace.
We are made close to God. Ephesians 2:13-14: “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.” We have a new relationship with God. His Son died that we might have eternal life. 1 Peter 3:18: “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.”
We are provided with peace. Ephesians 2:14: “For he is our peace.” God’s wrath was satisfied when He sent His Son to die on the cross for our sin. Colossians 1:20: “And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”
We have a new identity (verses 14-17). We become a child of God and are adopted into His family. We are a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
We can approach God directly. Ephesians 2:18:“For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.” Hebrews 4:16:“ Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in the time of need.” We can talk to and pray to God at anytime and in anyplace.
We are fellow citizens of heaven. Ephesians 2:19:“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” God has prepared a place in heaven for all who know Him as Lord and Savior (John 14:1-3). Until then, we should live so Christ is magnified in our bodies. Philippians 1:20: “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.”
We are established in Christ who is our foundation. Ephesians 2:20-22: “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” Matthew 21:42, 1 Corinthians 3:11, 1 Peter 2:4-8. To the world, Christ is a stumbling block (1 Corinthians 1:23). To believers, He is our foundation and cornerstone! Our lives are based upon Him.