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September 13, 2020                                                     

“Alive From the Dead!”

 

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

 

            God uses the Apostle Paul, here to remind us that our spiritual life is not ours at all, but it is the life of Christ abiding in us through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Remember, how the Lord tells us that the whole human race died with Adam in the Garden? 

 

Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

 

            But praise God, in Jesus Christ, through the miraculous regenerating power of the Holy Spirit, God gave us life!

 

Romans 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

 

Colossians 3:1-4 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

 

            Dead in sins, but hallelujah, Alive in Christ!  A glorious miracle beyond all comprehension.  For many who were raised in Christian homes, being spiritually dead may be somewhat more difficult to actually understand. You heard the gospel from before you were born.  God, Jesus Christ, the Bible, the church was all part of your everyday life.  It is easy to see why when you ask some folks when the Lord saved them, they say, “to tell you the truth, I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know the Lord.”  This might seem okay and sound okay to many, but Jesus simplified it for all of us in the Gospel of John chapter three.  Even for a very religious, and seemingly spiritually wise teacher of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, the truth of the gospel did not change. Without a new birth, he too, was still dead in his sins.

 

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

 

            Did you realize that the spiritually dead, natural man, cannot even hear nor understand the things of God, and as a matter of fact, he hates them?

 

1Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Romans 8:6-9 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

 

            None of us could see and comprehend the sinfulness of our sin, nor could we hear and understand the precious truths of the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. We were dead!  Hopeless and helpless, bound by sin and Satan, but praise God, because of the wonderful richness of His mercy and the infinite greatness of His love for us even while we were sinners, God saved us! 

 

Ephesians 2:1-6 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

 

We now can with spiritual eyes,see the wonder of our Blessed Redeemer, who shed His precious blood to forgive us from our sins!  We now can hear and understand all the precious promises of our loving Heavenly Father because He has opened our spiritual ears to hear the glorious life-giving voice of His beloved Son!

 

John 5:24-25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

 

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