Delivered From This Present Evil Age

…Our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and even. Amen.”  (Gal. 1:4,5 NKJV)

As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ we have many, many blessings for which we need to be thankful. Perhaps one of the most important is deliverance from this present evil age. We often fail to comprehend the depths of sin. We need to think often of where we would be were it not for His deliverance. Before regeneration, our wicked hearts were capable of the most hideous sins. Whether it be the drug addict, the staggering drunkard, the prison inmate, the suicide victim in yesterday’s paper, we can all say, “but for the grace of God, that could be me.”

In Ephesians 4, we are exhorted to “no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk.” God is able to deliver us from such a walk. Let us notice six tragic characteristics of the man who walks outside of Christ.
  1. It is a walk of futility or vanity.  “They walk in the futility or emptiness of their minds” (Eph. 4:17 Amp.). No matter how much of the world’s material goods they may accumulate, it is all emptiness. We live in an age and a culture that has demonstrated this fact very clearly. As one of the wealthiest men who ever lived could say, “Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor in which I had toiled; and indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun” (Eccl. 2:11 NKJV).
  2. It is a walk of darkness.  “Their moral understanding is darkened and their reasoning is beclouded” (Eph. 4:18 Amp.). “Because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God…and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools” (Rom. 1:21, 22 NKJV).  We supposedly live in an age of great wisdom and understanding, yet educated men and women are often the most ignorant of the ways of God and His salvation.
  3. It is a walk of alienation from the life of God.  “They are estranged or self-banished from the life of God” (Eph. 4:18 Amp.). Describing the unregenerate state in a previous chapter, it is stated “at that time you were without Christ…having no hope and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12 NKJV).  Our society is a godless society, largely forsaking His laws and His precepts. Life is lived as if there were no God and as if we are accountable to no one but ourselves.
  4. It is a walk of callousness, spiritual apathy, without  any feelings of guilt.  “Who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to licentiousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness” (Eph. 4:19). Life becomes totally uninhibited. They abandon themselves to unbridled sensuality and every form of impurity. Life becomes characterized by license and greed. Even so today,men want everything they can get and they cannot get enough of it.
  5. It is a walk that becomes increasingly corrupt as time goes by.  “Put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt” (Eph. 4:22 NKJV). Writing about the corruption of our evil nature, Samuel Ridout states, “I tell you, dear brethren, it would make the heart leap with praise and with joy as we thought of the grace that had snatched us from a corruption which is worse than the punishment for that corruption could possibly be.”  Left to himself, man becomes worse and worse until his life becomes so full of sin and corruption that life becomes an existence of untold misery.
  6. It is a walk of deception.  “He becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion” (Eph. 4:22 Amp.).  In 2 Timothy 3:13, we are told that wicked men and imposters will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. They reach a point where they tell so many lies about themselves that they begin to believe them.
Those living in this evil age, of which we were a part until God in Christ delivered us, are described in the following manner: They are without excuse. They know God, but they do not glorify Him as God. They are not thankful. They change the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man. They are given up by God to uncleanness to dishonor their bodies among themselves. They have exchanged the truth of God for the lie. They worship and serve the creature rather than the Creator. This is a partial list of man without God from Romans, chapter one. The list goes on and on in this same chapter.  “You have there in Romans one a catalogue of crime which brings the tinge of shame to the cheek even to read it, and it is given, not as some exceptional result of man’s sin, but as the legitimate fruit of his departure from God. It is given in a way that includes every unsaved person.” (Samuel Ridout)

Dear believer, may God help you to fully understand the marvelous deliverance that Christ wrought on your behalf when He delivered you from this evil age. We thank Him and thank Him over and over again. We shall thank Him for all eternity. Except for His deliverance, we would be walking the same path, headed in the same direction, with absolutely no hope for the future. Though we fully deserved His total abandonment, His grace has forgiven us and drawn us to Himself. May we ever walk in this light, walking as children of light, having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, “for it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret” (Eph. 5:11,12 NKJV).