If I were to ask the average person on the street, "Are you for God or the Devil?", most would very strongly protest, "For God of Course!" Most people do not view themselves as ENEMIES OF GOD. In all these years of preaching and witnessing, I find the most common cause of a persons failure to accept the Gospel and respond to "The way of Peace" is mans failure to understand that he has an inherited "enmity with God." Rom. 5:10 tells us that before we are saved, we are the "enemies of God." V12 tells us how it happened: "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." If you go back to Rom. 3:9-20 you will see why v17 states, "And the way of peace have they not known." Phil. 3:18 tells us of the "enemies of the Cross of Christ." James 4: says, "that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." Look at Eph. 2:11-18 and see vs.15-16. Notice what Jesus accomplished in His death on the Cross. v15 "Having abolished in His flesh the enmity...so making peace." V16, "And that He might reconcile both (Old Testament and New Testament Saints.) unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby." What is this "enmity" that Jesus "abolished", "having slain"? The word "enmity" means "hostility" and "reason for opposition." God has a reason for this hostility. It is the old nature of sin which we all have by birth. We all received a sinful nature from our parents and it is this inherited sin nature that causes us to be enemies of God. Most people are not outright enemies of God in their deeds, therefore they think they have peace with God. Read 1 Tim. 4:1-2 and 2 Tim. 3:5-7,13 and see that a person can be deceived and have a false peace. Do you realize that you do not have to commit sin to be an enemy of God? If you will look at Rom. chapters 5-6-7-8 you will see the subject "sin" referred to in the singular as the problem of man. "Sins" are the outward manifestation of an inward condition, sin. Look at Rom. 6:17, 20, 21, 23 just to name a few. Verse 17,"sin dwelleth in me." ; v20, "sin that dwelleth in me."; v21, "evil is present with me."; "sin which is in my members." Paul the Apostle was a good man who did good works and yet he told the Romans that "sin" resided in him. It does not matter how clean you live in your life, you are still a sinner by nature and therefore an enemy of God by birth. That is why we must be born again! Please read Rom. 3:25, Rom. 5:9; Eph. 1:7; Col.1:14 and Heb. 9:22. It took the Blood of Christ to remove the enmity between us and God! Jesus took our places as an enemy of God and suffered the Wrath of God for us in our place; however, that enmity will not be removed until a person Believes on the Lord Jesus Christ. Rom. 3:25 states "through faith in His blood" we are declared righteous before God. Col.1:20-22 tells us he "made peace through the blood of His Cross...in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight." Romans 5:1-11 states,"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Read Rom. 8:1-13 and take particular note of vs.2-4. Paul states in v2 Jesus "Made me free from the law of sin and death." In Verse 3, "God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh." Verse 4, "That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us." Read Rom. 10:1-13 and you will see the result of Jesus abolishing in His body the enmity that was between man and God. He was our substitute. See Phil.3:6-9 for this same testimony of Apostle Paul. We are all born enemies of God and the only thing that will change that is FAITH IN THE SHED BLOOD OF CHRIST. He died to reconcile us to God through faith in His blood.
The Enemies of God