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You Were Dead

April 22, 2018

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You Were Dead

Death is very final.     There isn’t anything  in our own power  we can do  to change it.     God alone  has all power  over death and life.     Because only God created us  and has such power,  He wants us  to know a few things  about our situation  with death and life.

There is physical life  and death — and there is spiritual life  and death.     We are in our physical life right now  and know the date  of our birth.    But,  we don’t know the day  we will die physically.     It could be sooner,  rather than later.     When we physically die,  our souls will go either  to eternal life in heaven  or eternal death in hell.     There is no in-between.     Everything depends  on whether or not  we have accepted God’s gracious gift  of salvation,  through faith  in Jesus Christ.

Spiritually,  we were all dead — even while physically alive.     Paul explains our situation  in Ephesians 2:1-9,

And you were dead  in your trespasses  and sins,  in which you formerly walked  according to the course  of this world,  according to the prince  of the power of the air,  of the spirit  that is now working  in the sons  of disobedience.

Among them we too  all formerly lived  in the lusts  of our flesh,  indulging the desires  of the flesh and of the mind,  and were by nature  children of wrath,  even as the rest.

But God,  being rich in mercy,  because of His great love  with which He loved us,  even when we were dead  in our transgressions,  made us alive  together with Christ  (by grace you have been saved),  and raised us up  with Him,  and seated us  with Him  in the heavenly places,  in Christ Jesus,   in order  that in the ages to come  He might show the surpassing riches  of His grace  in kindness toward us  in Christ Jesus.

For by grace  you have been saved  through faith;  and that  not of yourselves,  it is the gift  of God;  not as a result  of works,  that no one should boast.

That’s a mouthful  that is worth  paying attention to.     Paul is speaking  to Christians.     He reminds them  of how they were dead  in trespasses and sins.”     It is important to see  that trespasses and sins  are to be a thing  of the past  for the Christian’s life.     Before putting our faith  in Jesus  we all “walked according to the course  of this world.”     We just lived the way  we saw others living — in all kinds  of sins.    We didn’t care  about being any different  and felt our sins were okay.

We also walked “according to the prince  of the power  of the air,  of the spirit  that is now working  in the sons of disobedience.”     That’s saying  we naturally let Satan lead us  into gross sins  because we saw other people  doing those sins.     In other words,  we were Satan’s pawn.    No one has been exempt  from falling  for Satan’s desires.    No one has lived  without sinning.

God saw us  being spiritually dead  while physically alive.     We were all headed  for an eternity  of spiritual death  in hell.     God didn’t wait  for us to straighten out our lives  all by ourselves,  because that is impossible.     Because of His great love for us,  God mercifully rescued us  even when we were dead  in our transgressions.”     God rescued us  by having Jesus pay the penalty  we deserved  for our sins.     Because Jesus was perfect  through and through,  He should never have had to die.     But,  Jesus went ahead  and died anyway,  so that He could impute His righteousness  to us  as a gift — a gift we don’t deserve.

So much could be said  on this.    But,  the end result is  a gift for us  that is precious beyond words.     “For by grace  you have been saved  through faith;  and that  not of yourselves,  it is the gift  of God;  not as a result  of works,  that no one  should boast.”

We “were dead” spiritually,  now,  because of grace  in Christ  through faith  we are spiritually alive.     In our spiritual aliveness,  we need  and want  to live for Christ — to live according to His righteousness,  love,  and grace.     We don’t have to let Satan lead us around  by the nose  any more.     We can now let the grace and love of God  strengthen us  to remain spiritually alive  in Christ.

We were dead spiritually.     Now by faith  we are spiritually alive.     Being spiritually alive now  will give us eternal life  in heaven.     Hold on tightly  to our gift  of grace.    Never let go.     Live it.

Are we tempted  to remain spiritually dead  and end up  in hell?     Then think about the greatness  of the gift  God wants us  to receive.     Yes,  it’s for absolutely all  who turn to Christ  in faith.     Our past  does not matter.     God wants us  to turn around now  and become spiritually alive  forever.

As we walk  in the grace of God,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You have done all things  for us  to grant us the gift  of eternal life.     Strengthen us  to continually live  for you.”

Love,
Margaret

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