As I am walking around town, I see dead people everywhere. They are in the
stores and on the streets. They are everywhere! Many times, other people do not
realize they are seeing them as well, but they are there. The people themselves
may not realize that they are dead, but they are. They are like the walking
dead. This scene sounds like the script of the movie “The Sixth
Sense,” or “The Walking Dead,” but there are people that truly are dead men walking in their sin.
We discussed last week in the post, “But God.” Let us look at this even closer. If you have your Bible, turn to Ephesians 2:1-10,
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in
which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the
prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons
of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived
in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the
body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like
the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in
mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when
we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by
grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him
and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so
that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace
in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by
grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own
doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so
that no one may boast. 10 For we are his
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God
prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
As a Christian, before we came to Christ Jesus, we were dead in our sins and
trespasses. What this means is that when we were not following Christ Jesus, we
were headed to Hell. We were living in a world that is controlled by the prince
of this world, Satan himself. This old world is Satan’s domain and we were
previously part of it, but those who have rejected Christ Jesus, they are
currently a “Dead Man Walking” headed for an eternal hell. These
people are everywhere, and they are lost without Jesus.
The people who are dead in their sin and trespasses means that they are
spiritually dead and lost. According to the concordance of the New King James
Study Bible, “Paul refers to a believers old walk. Whether it was a path
of moral carelessness or the dark alley of evil, believers should no longer
walk according to their past evil ways. Believers are saved so that they can
now have a lifestyle characterized by good works. They are to walk worthy of
their calling, which means to walk in love, in light, and in wisdom. Paul
pointed out to the Ephesians that they formally walked according to the world’s
ways and after the prince of the power of the air, namely, the adversarial
spirit Satan. Sons of is a Hebrew way of saying ‘those characterized by.’ Thus
the sons of disobedience are people who disobey, whether Christians or
“Walking is a Biblical expression that pictures a believer’s steady,
normal progress with God (Cf. Psalm 1:1).” Walking with Christ Jesus means
that one has been born again into a new creation. If one has asked Jesus into
their heart and life, then they are born again in Christ Jesus. They were once
dead in their sins and trespasses, but now they are alive in Christ Jesus. The
promise of salvation through Christ Jesus is eternal life.
The Bible says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
(Romans 3:23). For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal
life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23). Unless someone is born again, he
cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:3). Jesus said, I am the way, the truth,
and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6). If you
confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God
raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes,
resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in
salvation (Romans 10:9-10). And He died for all so that those who live should
no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised
(2 Corinthians 5:15). Listen, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My
voice and opens the door, I will come into him and have dinner with him and he
with Me (Revelation 3:20).
To be made alive in Christ, please pray this prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father, I have sinned against You. I want forgiveness for my
sins. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for me and rose again. Father, I
give you my life to do with as you wish. I want Jesus Christ to come into my
life and into my heart. This I ask in Jesus Name. Amen.
I pray that you will come to Christ Jesus today! I pray that you will be
made alive in Christ Jesus today!
New King James Version Study Bible, 3rd Edition, Earl D. Radmacher, Th.D.
General Editor, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1982) 1767-1768.
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