Dead Walking, Living Dead
Thursday, November 22nd, 2018
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,” Eph 2:1
When we look around, we see a world full of the living dead. The sad part is they don’t know they are dead living. Paul reminds God’s elect that they too were once part of the ‘dead walking.’ At the time, we ourselves did not know we were dead either!
Our Scripture today speaks to the desperate condition of the lost. It also reminds us of what we were before being saved by the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that contains Jesus’ baptism, death and resurrection. Jesus referred to the Pharisees and the Laodicean Church as those ‘walking dead’ as well. In Eph 2, Paul is writing to the saved. He is painting out that we were once dead in our sins. We are not here in NCCkl because we are better than everyone else but we are here because of His unlimited mercy. Let us look at Eph 2 and consider some important issues concerning the ‘dead walking, living dead’.
1.The Grave In Our Past
We begin with death. Sin renders a person spiritually dead. Note three things at this point:
a. Dead – To speak of death within context means to be dead in one’s spirit. This does not mean that the person does not know about God or respect for God. It means that sin has separated him or her from God. A dead person cannot do anything for himself. Without a miracle of supernatural assistance, they will perish in sin.
b. Led – Satan is called a prince. Satan is a prince but God is the King. Yet, this prince of darkness had led souls astray. Satan is the prince at work in the affairs of the world. Satan is the power at work in the hearts of the lost. All of us were at one time led by the prince of this world into sinful rebellion against God. The end of this disobedient way of life is death.
c. Fed – The lost are fed through the lust of their flesh. They hunger for things outside of God and find Satan too willing to put these things within easy reach. This has led to the spiritual ingesting of a poison called sin. It renders death to all who partake of it.
- The Grace On Our Present
Those of us who are saved have been delivered from death but not through any effort of our own. In essence, our Lord sought us, bought us and brought us to new life in Himself by His marvelous grace.
a. He gave us love – God loves the sinner with an everlasting, undying and unceasing love. A love so great that nothing can separate us from that love we have embraced. It was God’s love that sent His Son to be baptized and die on the cross for our sins. It is this love that keeps us saved.
The world may not care if we live or die but Jesus cares for us. He died to save us from sin and He lives to make us free forever.
b. He gave us life – When we allow the Gospel Word to accomplish its purpose in our hearts and repent accordingly, God by His mercy gives us His life. The life we now have is His life and not our own. When Christ new life begin, a person loves the things he once hated and hates the things he once loved. Once we are saved by Jesus, we change in our attitude and interest. We were made alive in Christ. God doesn’t want us fixing our old house. He wants to tear it down and rebuild it in His image. He wants to start over.
c. He gave us a lift – In addition to being loved and given new life, we have been lifted up to sit in the heavenlies with Jesus. What does this mean? Those who are saved are as good as in heaven right now even though we are still here. Every time God looks to His right and sees the Son, He also sees us.
- The Glory In Our Position
We have been elevated to a new and marvelous position in Christ.
a. Look at our family – We are citizens of the kingdom. God’s elect are given a new life and a new family at NCCkl. As part of this family, we are heir of all that God has.
b. Look at our foundation – We are built upon Christ, the Chief Cornerstone. Jesus is the foundation of NCCkl and every true believer. We can now stand on the grace of God because we are resting on the rock solid faith found in the Gospel of God’s Righteousness. We have peace, hope and habitual joy in Christ.
c. Look at our future – God is going to show His exceeding riches of grace towards us throughout eternity. Think of that. All that we have discussed so far is but a foretaste of that which God is going to give us one day in Heaven. We have eternity to enjoy the blessings of the Lord.
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