Enemies of the King
A King is not without allies and enemies. In the case of the King of the universe, God's enemies are His own rebellious creation. The truly beautiful thing about God's character is that He loves those that set their hearts against him. God loves His enemies, even though He is their maker, and they rebel against Him.
Apart from Jesus Christ, we are all at enmity with God and against Him. Paul's letter to the Romans has a lot to say in this regard:
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die-- but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Sin is an active rebellion against God. When we sin, we set ourselves against God and His call for our obedience. However, God shows his love for is own enemies in that while we were still sinners and enemies, Christ died for us.
The enemies of God are those that do not want to submit to His Lordship and obey Him. At some point in life, we are all enemies of God because of our sin, but Jesus reconciles us to God. When we believe in Jesus Christ and his completed work on the cross for rebels and sinners, God's enemies become His friends, servants, and children.
This post is part of a 31 day series called Seeking the Kingdom.
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