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"Were you a likely candidate for salvation?  Yet didn't God save you?  And while he may have used some human instrument, don't you see that he would have saved you with or without any instrument?  And haven't you seen other 'impossible' brothers and sisters delivered likewise by the incredible power of the invisible God?

Do you realize from whence you came?  You were in the grip of hell.  Demons had wrapped their chains about you.  The god of this world had blinded your understanding.  Yet God struck off your chains and the face of Christ illumined your soul.  The damned around you are no more damned than you were, their chains no thicker, their darkness no deeper.  Nor is the power of Christ to save them one whit less."

John White, The Golden Cow (Downers Grove, 1979), pages 151-152.


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4 thoughts on “Do you realize?”

  1. Gary H. says:

    Glorious. Awesome. Joy-inducing. Thanks.

  2. Nicky says:

    Amen! ‘You were in the grip of hell. Demons had wrapped their chains about you. The god of this world had blinded your understanding.’ I was in that state but now I am a new creation. Praise the Lord for Jesus.

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Ray Ortlund is senior pastor of Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

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