The history of nations is that they come and go. They rise and enjoy a time of power. Then they crash and fade into oblivion, only to be read about in history books. Analysts have sought to understand what causes such things. They like to find out what creates a world superpower. What are the dynamics that cause one nation to boom and another to bust?
It tells us what many scholars have come to find out only after long hours of dissecting data. It all comes down to this: A nation will stand or fall based on its growth in population.
If a nation has a population that is growing, then it will be a nation that thrives in every way—economically, militarily, and culturally. If it there is a downturn in the number of its citizens, then it is going to be a nation in decline. Growing pains indicate that there is something systemically wrong with the country.
In sum, when it comes to the international scene and who will be the head among the nations, it comes down to sheer numbers. And this passage simply tells us that the future belongs to the fertile.
I. A King’s Honor
The passage starts out by saying that “In the multitude of people is the king’s honor.” Literally it says that the multitude is the king’s ornament. You know, a king is known for his crown. It is that regal piece of apparel—that ornament—that distinguishes him with the honor of his royalty.
This passage is saying that masses of people are the real distinguishing honor of a king. The more people the more glorious will be his reign. As these citizens multiply, his rule will become greater and greater. His kingdom will become stronger and more powerful.
Think about it this way: The more people you have in your kingdom, then the more resources you will be able to cultivate. It isn’t hard to understand that people are your greatest resources. They are economic producers and consumers. And when you get a whole bunch of them together in one place, then you have an economic boom. Prosperity is the natural outcome of productivity. And when you have a lot of people teeming together in one place, you are going to have a lot of productivity. Economic prosperity and a buzzing GDP is the natural consequence of swelling population density.
Of course, this puts those objections that people make about overpopulation to rest. From time to time you hear the scare that the world is becoming too crowded. A number of years ago there was one such man named Thomas Malthus. He said that the world has limited resources and that if we have too many people, then that won’t be a king’s glory. He said that would be a problem. All these people would use up all the resources and the nation would essentially dry up. And people have used that as a way of trying to limit population growth.
But here you see that such a notion is wrong. People are not a problem. They are not going to cause a nation to shrivel up. A growing population is going to cause it to thrive. They are going to produce and expand technology so that there are more resources at their disposal to make more things.
The future belongs to the fertile. And any nation that wants to get ahead should recognize that the key is simply size.
But the contrary is true too. The proverbs are great because they express the most simple syllogism. If a, then not a. If this is true, then this is not true.
If the basis of a nation’s power and greatness lies in a growing population, then it follows that a nation that has a birth dearth is going to have problems. That’s going to be a nation that is in decline.
II. A Prince’s Destruction
The proverb says, “In the want of a people is the destruction of a prince.” You will notice that this isn’t language that is restrained in any regard. It is the destruction of a nation. The prince is going to fall because his kingdom is going to implode.
If you study nations you will find that this is the rule. They normally collapse because of one main factor: they strangle themselves. They cut off their main supply of prosperity because they are not reproducing at the same levels. And as they go through this birth implosion, they eventually experience an implosion of their whole culture. Their economy implodes. Along side that their military force begins to dwindle. All the forms of power and strength begin to fade.
Since they are no longer producing babies, they are no longer able to produce a stable culture.
What essentially happens is that the nation loses the will to live. And it is only a matter of time before she fades into oblivion.
Let me give you a few examples. The ancient empire of Greece is a good one with which to begin. Now, it took a while, but eventually the ancient Grecian Empire dwindled down to nothing. It once was a mighty nation. Alexander the Great came by that name honestly. He conquered vast lands and his empire stretched from Europe all the way over to what is now India and China. And that empire was quite the thing in its heyday. But eventually it started to burn out.
Part of it was because they began to say that the population levels were too high. They went through an overpopulation scare. So they started to encourage people to have fewer children. They encouraged perversion and homosexuality, just so they wouldn’t have as many children. And it wasn’t long before the birthrates started to plummet. And then along came this little group that called themselves Romans, and they basically ran over the Greeks. The Grecian Empire couldn’t stand against them because their country had burned out.
Some of you might find it unbelievable, but there was a time when France was the greatest nation on earth. During the Medieval period, with the Carolingian Dynasty and the like, the Frankish nation really started growing. It was one of the most populous territories in Europe. As a result, they became the dominating power of the world. France was the leader of the world when it came to culture, power, wealth, technology, military advancement and so forth. But again, the lights eventually went out.
I think a lot of that is because France sided with Rome during the Protestant Reformation, and then they embraced the Enlightenment. I think that sent them into a downward spiral from which they have never recovered. Their population shrunk immensely.
At the time of the Reformation France was one of the most ardent persecutors of Calvinists. Thousands of French Huguenots were exterminated. Thousands more left the country. King Louis XIV was perhaps the single biggest persecutor. He alone is said to have killed almost a million French Huguenots. That is a serious ding to one’s country. That alone put the country at a serious decline.
Then, without much of a strong Christian base, France embraced the Enlightenment. That eventually led to the French Revolution. Some of you may know that the French revolution is renowned for the guillotine and the blood that seemed to flow in rivers.
By the 1860’s Germany’s population exceeded France’s. And Germany would have taken control of Europe and become the dominating power of the time. Except there was this rising power called America that they had to contend with.
America’s story is rather amazing. In 1790 the population of America was just under 4 million people. By 1900, the population was over 75 million. The population had been increasing by over 30% each decade since its inception. Not only were people flocking to America from every corner of the earth, but people were having babies. In 1800 the average family had seven children. (That’s your average family!)
So again, you can see what our passage is talking about. The nation with the most people wins. The future really does belong to the fertile.
You know, this shouldn’t come as a surprise to us. This proverb is only describing what happens when we obey God’s commands. In the very beginning God said, “be fruitful and multiply.” You know, this was the very first command—even before the command not to eat of the fruit of the tree. Our Lord gave us the mandate to have children and to be mass producers. And when we heed that command, we should only expect—as with all his other commands—that he will bless us and cause his face to shine upon us. Becoming a lead country is only the natural outgrowth of being a country that fears God and loves children.
But, of course, this is why we need to be aware of the state of things on this Sanctity of Life Sunday. The world is experiencing a great deal of turbulence. Every day we hear stories of economic upheaval and how certain nations are on the brink of complete collapse. The European Union is virtually in the toilet. Greece and Spain are in the throes of death and the rest of the European countries are not far behind. That’s because those nations have a birth rate that is tanking. Chief among their problems—and boy they have problems in excess—but chief among them is that their numbers are plummeting. They are shrinking and growing old because they are not reproducing.
Much of the western world is going through much the same thing. America too is not what she used to be. Our population continues to grow, but it is not in the same proportions that it used to be when our nation was on the rise and coming to dominate the world.
As a matter of fact, this past census raised a lot of eyebrows because it showed that the population growth in America has slowed significantly. It is now growing at a snail’s pace of 7%. And experts have noted that the growth that did occur in the last decade was mainly due to immigration. Analysts say that this should be a cause for warning because a nation cannot sustain itself by immigration only. I even came across one article that said that France has a higher birth rate than America now. In 2011 America’s birth rate dropped to 1.9, which is not even at replacement levels anymore.
Our nation is losing the will to live. With a birth rate of 1.9, you can’t survive. Our nation is on the decline. The lights are going out. And they will continue to do so if we do not begin to take a different view of children.
Today we grieve 40 years of legalized abortion in our country. We have now been killing our populous for a whole generation, and that in staggering proportions.
In all, surgical abortions number just over 1.2 million a year, a total population loss of 53 million since 1973. And we recognize that number only includes surgical abortions that we can count. There is no way to keep a tally on the vast numbers of children that are lost due to the abortifacient power of the birth control pill and the so called “morning after pill.” Some estimate that the total number of children that are lost each year could reach as high as 10 million (1.2 million surgically aborted, 5 million aborted through the morning after pill, 3 million through “the pill.”). When compared to the fact that America has only 4 million births per year, we see that our nation is putting a knife to its throat.
Accompanying this grievous day are two items of significant regret and sorrow. First is the announcement of Planned Parenthood in their annual report, which came out just a few days ago. In their latest statistics they boast having performed over 300,000 abortions— a number that turns out to be 1 abortion every 94 seconds. The second item of deep concern is that tomorrow the most aggressively pro-abortion president that America has ever had will be sworn into office for his second term.
We might also add that our own state has expressly rejected the desire to prosper. This congregation is familiar with the fact that our leaders in Columbus had the opportunity to almost put a complete end to abortion in our state. They have failed to do so. For this reason Ohio’s economy will continue to be one of the worst in America.
We recognize that there is little to no glory for our kings and princes. When it comes to the macro level, we will continue to go the route of all the kingdoms of man. We will, like Greece and France, gag ourselves and commit suicide as a nation.
But there is good news. Though the macro scene be bleak, there is hope for us here on the micro level. We can recognize that there is a kingdom that will never die out. There is a king who has honor and glory in excess because his dominion is ever increasing.
The kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ is advancing and becoming the greatest of nations. It is true, we do not see its full power or glory. But we know that Christ continues to populate his kingdom every day. And one day it will stand as the chief among the nations. All the nations of the earth will come to nothing, and the kingdom of Christ will stand with a multitude so great that it cannot be counted.
We have the great privilege of being a part of that kingdom. And because we do, we operate according to its principles. Instead of living by the scalpel, we do our best to continue to love and heed the command to “be fruitful and multiply.”
We have heard it said that “They will know we are Christians by our love.” We might rightly sing, “They will know we are Christians by our family size.” They will know we are Christians by the way we continue to populate our communities and our church.
On this day, may we renew our commitment to Christ and continue to seek his glory. May we add honor to his name by our commitment to raising up godly seed.
 Swanson, Kevin. The Book of Proverbs: God’s book of wisdom.
 Lois Collins, Desert News. America’s Population now lower than France’s
 Ben Wattenburg, Rise and Fall of Nations.
 Penny Star. Planned Parenthood’s annual report:
No doubt you noticed that we’ve come to the turning point in the Noah narrative today. The tides have risen and come to their highest point. All of that took approximately a half a year. And in our passage today, the waters recede. All of which occurs over another 6 months or so.
So high tide has come and gone, and the total time we have spent in the ark is approximately a year. And along with the changing of the tide we have a change in theme.
There are three lessons I want you to take from this passage. The first thing you must see is how the Lord affirms his covenant love.
I. The Lord affirms his covenant love 
The passage begins with those precious words, “But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark.”
These words are an accommodation of course. We know that God never forgets. It is impossible for him to forget. These words have to be understood from Noah’s perspective. It is likely that Noah felt like God had forgotten him.
Think about how Noah must have felt. Noah might have been a little weary of it all, couldn’t he have? He was no doubt lonely. It was pitch black all around him. For 150 days he had been encompassed in the dark. You know how your loneliness is multiplied when you sit in the dark for just a while.
And the only people he was able to interact with were his family. The last contact with a person would have been months ago (and then it might have only been their screams as they clung to the edge of the ship pleading to be let in!)
Throw in the bobbing and the tossing of a ship at sea and you likely have a rather miserable state of things. It is likely that Noah was thinking that all was lost for him.
It was at this point that God remembered Noah an the covenant he had made with him.
From time to time you will hear this idea of “God remembering” repeated in Scripture. In Psalm 105 the author hearkens back to the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He says that they were just a small band, roaming around from place to place. They could have easily been crushed by the nations around them. But it says that the Lord, “remembers his covenant forever, the oath that he swore to Abraham.” In other words, during that time when all could have been lost, God was there to preserve and keep.
In the book of Exodus, when the people of Israel were groaning under their hard labor in Egypt, Moses writes that “God remembered the covenant he made with Abraham.” When all seemed lost, when it seemed like the Land promised to Abraham would never be inherited, God acted.
It almost seems that when things are their darkest—whenever things are most dire, you hear it said, “God remembered.”
I point this out because it is something that we need to remember. We need to remember that God never forgets the covenant that he has made.
There are times in our lives when we can feel like Noah. Spiritually speaking, we can feel oh so lonely. God seems so far off. We can wonder if he is out there. All our prayers feel like they are bouncing off a ceiling made of brass.
Maybe for you moms’ it’s while all your kids are sick. It just seems to go on and on, and there doesn’t ever seem to be an end in sight. For some of you it might be because of the continual flow of news. You are still reeling because of this past election season and all you hear about from the talking heads is how our country seems to be spinning out of control.
Whatever the exact circumstances may be, it seems like you are lost. You are all by yourself far down in the depths of a dark, black tunnel.
When we come to those bleak moments of our lives, we need to remember that our God is the one who always remembers. He never forgets. His covenant is as sure today as it was when he first made it. And though we cannot see his hand or feel his presence we must rest assured that there is no reason to despair. God continues to work out his plan. He continues to remember us and so preserve and protect us in his covenant love.
The next thing I want you to think about is how the Lord provides a consoling sign. He not only affirms his covenant love, but he provides a sign that would be a reminder of his grace.
II. The Lord provides a consoling sign [6-12]
In verses 6-12 it we read about how Noah sent forth the various birds from the ark. At first he sends out a raven, and it skitters here and there. But nothing comes of it. A couple days later he sends out a dove, but it doesn’t render anything either. A little later he sends it out again. This time it brings back an olive branch. Then, on the last flight, it doesn’t come back.
But think about that olive branch. Think about what that was. Think about how meaningful that had to have been for Noah. Noah’s ship came to rest on the mountains. So most likely, from his vantage point he couldn’t see anything below. As he sat in the ark, he might have still been wondering, “What does the future hold for me? What’s going to come of things? Is the Lord going to keep his promise?”
You have to understand that this branch would have cause him such elation. It was a sign for Noah. It is a sign, not just that the waters have abated, but it was a guarantee that life would continue. That little branch no doubt would have soothed all his worries. It would have been an assurance that the Lord had indeed been faithful to his promise.
You know, each week we have something similar laid before us. We have opportunity to grasp hold of a visible sign that points to the reality God’s grace in our life. The Lord’s Supper is supposed to do the very same thing for you that that branch did for Noah. It is here to be a reminder to you that God will not go back on his promise.
Perhaps someone here today is even in need of this. There are times when we are like Noah. We be situated in such a way that our spiritual vision is skewed. From our perspective we can’t tell if God is really going to be faithful to his promise.
Maybe it is because sin has come to cloud our vision. You’ve been tangling with this besetting sin for some time now and you can’t seem to shake it. Since you haven’t had victory over it and continually succumb to the temptation, maybe you are starting to doubt the reality of God’s love.
Or maybe it is one of you young people. You’ve grown up in a Christian home. You’ve been taught the Scriptures all through. You’ve made a profession of faith and even been baptized. But now, you are just starting to question if you really are in a state of grace or not. You are looking back at things and you are beginning to question whether or the Lord really accepts you.
I want you to know that if you have doubts about your state, that ought not to prevent you from coming to the Table. That is exactly why it has been set for you. Here at this meal God puts in your hand a visible confirmation of his redeeming love. These elements are to be the medicine that sooths your worries. They are here for you to grasp hold of so that by handling them you may have your confidence renewed and strengthen.
Don’t be one who shrinks back from the table because you wonder about love. Come to the table and find that it is real and true.
There is yet one more thing that I want you to see in this text. I want you to see that in this passage the Lord establishes a new world.
III. The Lord establishes a new world [2-5, 13-19]
You can see how this plays out in the passage. At the beginning of the passage, in verses 2-5 you have one big watery world. You remember how we talked about it being “formless and void” at the beginning? The Spirit was hovering over the waters. Here in verse 1 the Lord causes a wind to blow. It is the same word as Spirit.
Think about how all this plays out. The clouds break, and the sunlight starts to shine again. It is as if God says, “Let there be light.” The waters start to recede and once again you can discern an expanse between the waters above and the waters below. Land begins to rise out of the waters. It is almost if Genesis 1 is being replayed right before our eyes. Then, in 13-19, the door to the ark is opened and all the animals begin to roam upon the earth.
What we have here is a new creation. The Lord has given us a new creation. All the taint of sin has been removed and it is almost as if paradise has been restored.
I believe though that this is to be a picture of what is in store. God has given us here a foreshadowing of what is yet to come. Yes, we’ve been talking a lot about the coming judgment. But we must remember that His ultimate plan is to bring redemption to the earth and restore the paradise that was lost.
I believe that what we have here foreshadows the ultimate cleansing of the earth. The one that the Promised Seed would bring in through his redemptive work.
In the book of Revelation, at the end of chapter 20 it tells of all people being assembled before the great white throne. The dead came up from their graves. All people were gathered there. Then the book of life was opened and everyone whose name was not written on the book of life were wisked away. They were thrown into the lake of fire.
After this we are told of the New Heaven and the New Earth. It is a place of purity and absolute beauty. The cosmic order has been completely transformed because sin and suffering have been completely banished.
This is the inheritance of those who trust Christ. In the end paradise will be regained.
We have finally come to it. We have been building up to this point for a couple of weeks. It is almost like we have been glued to the Weather Channel or watching the clouds gather off in the distance. But it is finally here. The flood has come.
With it we see the vast ravages it had upon the land.
I have in mind one picture of the subway station filled to the brim with water. The steps leading down to the transit looked like the steps that would lead down to a pool. Yet, what happened on the Eastern seaboard doesn't even begin to compare to what we find here in this text. What is recorded here makes Hurricane Sandy look like a drizzle. The best mental picture we can get is a little dot floating along, virtually lost in the vast sea of darkness and water.
The flood was world-wide
I know that there are some who say that this was nothing more than a localized flood; contained only to a specific region. But, as we’ve seen with other passages, that is just a lame attempt to explain away the Scripture. The text makes it clear that it was a worldwide flood.
The amount of water mentioned is one indication. There in verses 19 and 20 it says that the waters covered the mountains up to 15 cubits. That’s around 25 feet over the tip of the highest point. Add to that what it says in the very last verse of the chapter. It says the water prevailed on the earth for 150 days. The stuff wasn’t dissipating or draining out for at least a half of a year. If it were localized, you would expect that there would be a good deal of run off.
What’s even more pronounced is the extensive range of its devastation. The text repeatedly expresses how comprehensive the death toll was. In verse 21 it says that “all flesh died.” In the next verse it says that “Everything on dry land died.” And in verse 23 it says, “He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark.”
The language here stresses that the damage was all-encompassing, to the point of being universal.
If we are going to take the Bible seriously, then we have to believe that the whole world was submerged in a deluge of water. The text makes it clear that this was a complete cleansing of the earth.
And in this we are once again reminded of the gravity of sin and just how much God is repulsed by it. The scripture is seeking to remind us that God will not tolerate the presence of sin. He must judge it. It so infuriates him that he must deal with it.
Perhaps this is the real reason why so many people want to say that this was just a localized flood. Maybe this is what motivates them to try and interpret this passage as just being contained to this specific region. Maybe it is simply because they do not want to believe that God is this holy and that he takes sin this seriously.
Many people simply do not want to think of God in such terms. They don’t want to believe that God is one who will wreak such havoc upon sinners. They want a tamer God. They want a God who will be much more lenient; one who will overlook a lot of things and not be provoked to such extreme displeasure.
But we must remember that God is not a teddy bear. He is a lion who rages when provoked.
Some of you may remember that scene from the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The children were talking with the beavers about meeting Aslan, the Lion. Little Lucy was alarmed by the thought. She asked, “Is he safe?” Mr. Beaver responded dumbfoundedly, “Safe? Who said anything about being safe? Didn’t you hear what we said? He’s a lion! Of course he isn’t safe! But he’s good. He’s the king I tell you.”
The God presented in Scripture—the one presented in this Scripture, is not a tame lion. He is not one who will tolerate sin and coddle up to just anyone. He is inflamed by the corrupting deeds of men, and, at some point, He will lash out against those who continually provoke him.
The flood was the end of God’s offer of mercy.
And I want to emphasize this because we need to remember that the day of God’s grace does run out. We are reminded by this text that at some point the damns that hold back the terrors of God’s indignation will break.
There was a long period prior to the flood. There was an expanse of time where God offered life and salvation to the masses. Last week we said that it might have taken 100 years for Noah to build the boat. And as a preacher of righteousness, Noah would have been calling to them their need to embrace the way of the Lord’s salvation. Yet no one listened. At least not until the tide started to rise. Then there would have been many banging on the sides of the ship, crying out, “Let me in! Let me in!”
And, the extent of God’s grace and patience most likely exceeded that time frame. It is likely that this offer of grace was probably extended for a longer time than that 100 years.
James Montgomery Boice talks about Methuselah and what his name means. You remember Methuselah from back in chapter 5. He was the oldest man that ever lived; 969 years. In his commentary Boice proposes that the name Methuselah comes from two Hebrew words: muth, meaning “die” or “dead,” and shalach, meaning “to send.” So his name could mean “when he dies, it shall be sent.” And if you sit down and work out the numbers, you’ll find that the flood came the very same year that Methuselah passed away.
Boice argues that every day that Methuselah lived was a sign of God’s patience. God allowed Methuselah to have an extended life, far surpassing most other men of his time, because it was God’s way of holding out his offer of grace and salvation to those people.
Think about it, Methuselah reaches 700 years. He’s getting to be an old man by those standards. Another century passes. He’s 800 years. Every time his name is called out, the people hear “when he dies, it shall be sent.” He gets to be 850. 900. 955. 960. 965. 966. 967. 968. Every day now it is counting. You can see the sands slipping through the glass. Time is running out. Then Methuselah celebrates his 969th birthday. That same year he passes away. And not long after his eyes are closed, the sky starts to turn black with clouds.
But every day of Noah’s life—every day of Methuselah’s life—God was holding out the possibility of salvation. But it eventually ended.
I emphasize this because our Lord Jesus uses this text to teach us of his second coming. He said that the day when he comes again will be just like those of Noah. People will be marrying and be given in marriage. Two men will be in the field, one will be swept away in the heat of his fury. The other, by grace, will be left.
And so it is with us. Time is running thin.
I couldn’t think of a better thing for us to think about at the outset of a new year. We are all making and breaking our New Year’s resolutions. But this is also a time to remember that we are just that much closer to the end. Another year has come; another has gone, and we have drawn all that much closer to the day of accounting. We are one step closer to the day of our death, or we are that much closer to the moment when Christ will return. And, being that this is so, we are one step closer to our eternal destination.
Each of you must realize that the clock is ticking. If you have not yet made your amends with Christ, then you must know that your time is running out. During this time the Lord is sending out his offer of mercy. But there will come a time, just like it did in Noah’s day, where it will no longer be given.
In his book, Meet Yourself in the Psalms, Warren Wiersbe tells the story of a frontier town where a horse bolted and ran away with a wagon carrying a little boy. Seeing the child in danger, a young man risked his life to catch the horse and stop the wagon.
The child who was saved grew up to become a lawless man, and one day he stood before a judge to be sentenced for a serious crime. The prisoner recognized the judge as the man who, years before, had saved his life; so he pled for mercy on the basis of that experience.
But the words from the bench silenced his plea, “Young man, then I was your savior; today I am your judge, and I must sentence you to be hanged.”
In the same way there will come a time when the day of grace runs out. Jesus will say to those who have rebelled against him, “during your time on earth I was the Savior, and I would have forgiven you. But today I am your judge. Depart from me, you cursed of God, into everlasting fire.”
I pray that you will not let this happen to you. But rather you would let today be the day of salvation.
The flood was a baptism for holiness
Before we close I would like to mention one last thing about the flood. It is something that I find most appropriate for today. In just a little while we will be going up the road and we will have the chance to worship the Lord through the sacrament of baptism. But I find it most appropriate that this text comes before us on this occasion.
For what we have here is nothing other than a baptism. It is a baptism of the earth. (And it is one that we can all approve of, because it involved sprinkling and immersion!)
Throughout history theologians have seen a parallel between baptism and the flood. And this is why: In the flood, what we have is a cleansing. By these waters, God washed away the filth of sin. And in doing so he established a realm where sin would no longer have dominion.
And this is exactly what is symbolized by Christian baptism. As the waters roll over you, that flood portrays the cleansing work of the Holy Spirit. It reminds us that we are new creatures in Christ and no longer under the dominion of sin.
Those of you who are coming for baptism today, as the waters roll over you today this is something that you must remember. You must understand that the evil in your life must die. Because of the cleansing of Christ, you must pursue purity before God.
And everyone here who has been baptized, the same is true for you. As you witness the sacrament, you must remember your own baptism. And in doing so you must hear the echo of its call upon your life, telling you what kind of life you are live before the Lord.
It is not appropriate for you to permit that tempestuous spirit to live on. Now that the blood of Christ has cleansed you, you must not let the contamination of broken promises and unchristian speech live on.
These things must change. And you must show that you are a new creature in Christ.
You young people might have had the experience where you’ve gone to a friend’s house and asked them to come out and play. But they respond to you that they can’t because they just took a shower. They recognize that it would be wrong to defile themselves after having just been washed.
That is a most accurate description of how we should feel towards sin. Now that we have been showered with the flood tides of Christ’s blood our response must be that we distance ourselves from the filth of sin.
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