So I’m sitting one cold night watching tv with my wife and a commercial comes on for a new season of a very popular show called The Walking Dead.
I have heard of this show before, but never have I seen scenes about it like I did that night. What I saw was vicious, ugly, rotten looking dead zombie corps’s that are ALIVE!
Literally walking dead people.
My mind immediately went to Ephesians 2 for a very vivid analogy. I couldn’t help but to think to myself, I was once a walking dead corps too! Spiritually dead, walking according to the course of this world.
Paul writes 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. Ephesians 2:1-3
I don’t want to talk anymore about The Waking Dead show, but about the walking spiritually dead and Who saved me from the wrath to come.
Remember I’m dead! What can a dead man do? The answer is nothing, I’m dead! Dead means dead. I’m spiritual dead. A dead man can’t make himself alive, someone needs to make him alive. But Who? But God!
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), Ephesians 2:4-5
A great illustration was the story of Lazarus, he was dead, and as dead as they come. Lazarus had no power to help God save him, he was DEAD! Someone had to breathe life into him and make him alive. It was Jesus who spoke life into Him, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.” John 11:43. The man who had died (dead) came forth” John 11:44
Just like us who are spiritually dead in our trespasses and sin need to be made alive. Ephesians 2:5 2 Corinthians 5:17.
How does a spiritual dead corpse Ephesians 2:1, 2 seek God?
The Bible tells us that God looked down from heaven to see if there were any that were seeking after him. The Lord concluded that there was not one Psalm 14:2-3. It tells us that we are incapable of doing good on our own Jeremiah 13:23
A dead man is not capable of changing his own heart or seeking after God. A dead man suffers from total inability to save himself or coöperate in his own regeneration.
We don’t think that way do we? We’re told that..
God loves us, Jesus died for us and now it’s up to us!
That way of thinking is a real problem!
Paul explains that unbelievers are not even able to understand the things of God 1 Corinthians 2:14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
You my be asking, how does one get saved then? Well that is a great question!
I couldn’t help but to think of the words Jesus said in John 6: 37 and 44 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. Then in John 6:45 it says, It is written in the prophets, ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD (Isaiah 54:13).’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me.
I think from these verses we can conclude that everyone that hears and learns from God, will be drawn to God and come willingly, ultimately bringing conversion to that person.
Look at John 6:65 And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”
The word draw in John 6:37 is an interesting word. Except the Father draws him (hélkō) God’s drawing power. The basic meaning is “to draw,” “tug,” or, in the case of persons, “compel.”
Luther says on this passage: “The drawing is not like that of the executioner, who draws the thief up the ladder to the gallows; but it is a gracious allurement, such as that of the man whom everybody loves, and to whom everybody willingly goes.”
Paul say 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, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
God’s sovereign, efficacious and irresistible grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. It’s a gift from God, nothing that you have done, except that you come willingly!
That is how you get saved from being a walking dead spiritual zombie!
It was Thomas Watson who said “Grace alters a mans life”
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria