“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
ZOMBIES.. “the undead.. the living dead…” “the walking dead.” It’s a strange phenomenon, fictitious creatures that feast on the faces of the living, grabs hold of the fears and imaginations of generations of American movie-goers and TV fans! Yet, zombie movies and TV shows are among the highest watched of their genres.
I recall arguing with my parents, way back in the dark ages of black and white movies, because they wouldn’t allow me to go and see “The Night of the Living Dead.” the things we argue about!
Thankfully, for me, my fascination soon passed. Whoever heard of “living dead” people? And then it hit me: There are MANY dead walking among us, those the Bible speaks of as spiritually dead!
While appearing to be alive and vibrant on the outside, they are actually walking corpses, dead on the inside.
Jesus, when HE confronted the Pharisees (Matthew 23), about their pride and self-righteousness, called them “fools and blind” (v. 17) for rejecting God’s righteousness. They appeared “like white sepulchers which indeed appear beautiful outward…” (v27). Our Lord, however, saw into their hearts: “but are within full of dead man’s bones, and of all uncleanness.”
When He spoke with Nicodemus, a prominent Jew and a member of the Sanhedrin, Jesus saw a heart searching for spiritual life and truth. Nicodemus was in need of a spiritual birth, a spiritual transformation… and Jesus told him, ‘6 Ye MUST be born again,” (John 3:7). This new birth takes place at the moment of salvation when the Holy Spirit indwells the believer. “It is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).
By God’s grace and our faith in
Jesus Christ and Him alone, we become “alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:1 1 ).
Jesus made clear the significance of being made “alive to God through Jesus Christ,” i.e., being “born again,” and not accepting Jesus. He told Nicodemus (John 3:18): “He that believeth on Him (Jesus) is not condemned: BUT He that believeth NOT is condemned already.” The difference has eternal implications!
Sin is spiritual death, and we ALL sin (Romans 3:23), but God justifies us “freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus… through faith in His blood” (24, 25).
Are you “born again” and alive through Christ Jesus? Don’t be one of the “living (spiritually) dead”!