Worst or Best?

David McPherson

In Ephesians the second chapter, Paul in just a few verses shows the worst and best condition in which one can find himself. Consider the following:

“Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:11-13).

One is either “in Christ” or not. “Without Christ…having no hope…without God in the world” – can it get any worse than that? In such a state one is doomed to eternal damnation in the fires of hell. That’s exactly where the Ephesians were prior to their conversion.

On the other hand, when one obeys the gospel, is “baptized into Christ” (Galatians 3:27), and remains faithful to the Lord (Revelation 2:10) – can it get any better than that? In such a state one looks forward to eternal bliss in the joys of heaven.

Which scenario will it be for us, the worst case or the best? It all hinges on what we do with Jesus. In Christ, or without Christ? The choice is yours. Please choose wisely!