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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
Faith Baptist Church
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Crossville, TN. 38557
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A Lost Soul
Some time ago I preached from Ephesians 2:13 on some gospel truths about salvation. I told how salvation came about by a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no salvation apart from Him as Peter preached in Acts 4:12 as he said “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”. We also saw in that message the problem of salvation: we were made nigh by the blood of Christ. Being made nigh insinuates we were far off from God but God had a plan. We were made nigh by His blood which brought about the product in salvation: we were able to approach a holy God and have fellowship with Him through the Lord Jesus Christ. This week I want to look at verse 12 for our message as the aged Apostle portrays a person who is lost, unsaved and in need of salvation. The lost person is in a bad situation and in many instances doesn’t even realize it or doesn’t even think about it. I want to look at four things the lost person is without in their lives.
The lost person is unredeemed or as Paul writes here “that in times past ye were without Christ”. To be without Christ is to be in your sins and lost. When you are without Jesus you are without the Savior who can save you. You are unredeemed, unbought and still owing the debt and penalty for your sin: death. Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death”. But Paul also wrote in Galatians 3:13 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us”. Jesus took our curse, our sins and our death upon Himself on the tree and died a most humiliating death that one could imagine in order to redeem fallen man. He redeemed us by the shedding of His own precious blood but the lost person is still unredeemed and in his own sins.
Secondly, we see the lost soul is unprivileged as Paul writes “being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenant of promise”. These Ephesians were predominately Gentiles and this pictures the unregenerate or lost person. He is one who has no spiritual privileges. A privilege is any benefit, advantage, right or immunity uncommon to another person. A saved person has benefits as the lost person doesn’t have any benefits. A saved person’s benefits includes eternal life as is promised in John 3:16. Our advantages include a peace from God which begins at the moment of salvation as Paul states in Romans 5:1. As a child of God we have rights to approaching the throne of God. We can come to a holy God with our requests as is promised in Hebrews 4:16. Lastly we have immunity from the penalty of sin. Since we are saved Jesus takes our sins away never to be brought up again. But in this verse we see these Ephesians are called aliens and strangers. An alien is an outcast, one without citizenship in Christ. A lost soul is a person without a country and alien from God. There’s no greater danger than being an alien from Christ for that soul is lost without salvation. A stranger, in the biblical sense is one not admitted to any communication or fellowship. A lost person is one who is a stranger to Christ and one without fellowship with the Heavenly Father.
As Paul continues he states “having no hope”. They were unhopeful. According to a survey taken the worst thing imaginable to some people was being in a bad situation and having no hope. Hope is an expectation of some gain, some relief or something good is going to happen. Hopeless is no hope of any gain. It is no relief in sight and no good coming down the road. When a person has no hope suicide rates go up because they simply give up. A lost soul has no hope as a Christian has but our hope isn’t within ourselves or in this world. Our hope is in Jesus Christ and His soon coming for the church as Titus 2:11-13 tells us. The lost live for the nasty now and now while the Christian lives for the sweet by and by.
Lastly the lost soul is “without God” in this world. To be without God is to be without anything worthwhile in this world. Without God you have no power to overcome the evils of this world. Without God you have no future in Heaven, no hope, no nothing. There is nothing good which can come from a person without God. Oh, they may do good works, build great things and have large amounts of money but all that ceases when they draw their last breath. We who are saved have a hope beyond this life, we have a hope in the hereafter. But the only hereafter the lost person has is an eternity in the lake of fire to suffer throughout the endless ages. But Jesus came into the world to save sinners so you can have hope. You still have an expectation that things can get better if you act on them now. Today is the day of salvation, now is the accepted time to be saved.