THIS IS WHAT YOU WERE:
Before Christ, THIS is what you WERE. The key word here is WERE.
"While we WERE yet sinners, Christ died for the ungodly." (Rom 5:6)
Notice this: At the time we WERE dreadful sinners (thieves, murderers, idolaters, sexually immoral, etc), THAT is when Christ died for us. He did not reach out to us when we were already clean, holy, pure, righteous, or worthy\. We were wicked. Period.
But that is not the end of the story. You WERE washed and sanctified and justified in Jesus Christ by the Spirit of God!
In His abundant love, God rescued us from our pit. He reached out to us and saved us.
We WERE saved by His grace, and we ARE continually being saved by that same grace.
It is truly a great reason to celebrate!
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