Ephesians 2:1-10 – “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 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. 3 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. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, 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 ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as 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 so that we would walk in them.” NASU
No, I am not talking about Zombies, although that might be a somewhat accurate description of a person’s life outside of Christ. I am talking about being alive in the sense of having a heartbeat, brainwave function, and breathing if we can call that living. It is living but it is not life! I well remember when I was counted among the LIVING DEAD and am so thankful that the Lord sought me out and encouraged people to persist in their pursuit of me. I am thankful for people who faithfully prayed for me and then respond in love offering the encouragement and eventually the simple message that penetrated my rigid exterior and crushed my heart for God.
Paul told the Ephesian Christians you were once among the LIVING DEAD. You were DEAD in your trespasses and sins, living your sinful lifestyles and pursuing your death lives. You were manipulated, influenced, and to a great degree controlled by the prince of the power of the air, the devil. You lived in the grip of your own fleshly lusts, indulging yourselves in the desires of the flesh and mind. You were children of wrath, filled with hate and bitterness, envy and greed. BUT NOW, God’s incredible mercy and grace penetrated that veneer and veil that covered your blinded eyes and you were set free. You are no longer among the LIVING DEAD but are alive in Christ and are THE LIVING!
The translation out of the kingdom of darkness and the recreation of our spirit-being or soul was an act of God’s Grace. He resurrected us from the LIVING DEAD and made us alive in Christ and now He has given us a seat at the Master’s Table and we are ‘seated with Christ’ in the heavenly places. This is not the result of any deed we have done to EARN IT but by His incredible mercy and grace. I had someone say recently, “I am longing for the resurrection from the dead.” I understood and do not disagree or disparage their sentiment but I said, “I have already been resurrected from the dead.” No, I have not attained the final resurrection but have experienced the spiritual resurrection from the LIVING DEAD. I am now ALIVE in CHRIST. Yet, it is not I that lives it is Christ living in me! Hallelujah!
The door has been opened and the invitation extended for WHOSOEVER WILL to come and drink of the Living Waters, receive the forgiveness of sin, and be BORN AGAIN. God loves us so much that He was, is, and will always be unwilling to leave us hopeless and helpless trapped in the state of the LIVING DEAD. In Christ Jesus, we are ALIVE! Now, we enter into the Abundant Life that Jesus came to bring and give!
God, bless you as you enjoy this wonderful day in the LORD!