“And you has He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1).
There is nothing fallen man can do to save himself. As the title of this article states, dead is dead. Conversely, as believers, we don’t realize just how saved we are. We were dead spiritually and totally and completely lost, but now we are alive “in Christ” and completely and totally saved.
We were hopelessly lost and without God when He found us. The Holy Spirit drew us to Him. I have heard it said that so and so came to the Lord. This is not entirely accurate. We may have come to the Lord in repentance and faith, but it was the Holy Spirit that had to draw us to the Lord. When this happens; it is the greatest day of our lives!
Since the fall of man in the garden, sin has reigned in the lives of most of those born into this world. As has been stated, we cannot escape the clutches of the sin nature. We need to be rescued from our hopeless condition. The pride of man prevents most from admitting their need and coming to the One that loved us and died on the cross to pay the sin debt owed and rescue us from sure destruction.
The Lord has made a way for us and awaits our coming to the place where we admit our need and accept all He has done for us. Until we do this, we are spiritually dead. By our repentance and faith in His sacrifice at the cross, we are born again, or born spiritually. The Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us and we are a new creation.
“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (a new creation): old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
We are born from above by the precious blood of Jesus. By faith in Christ and Him crucified we walk out our new life. The Holy Spirit works in us to have victory over the sin in our lives and works in transforming us into the image of Christ. The Holy Spirit accomplishes this as we place our faith in Christ and His sacrifice on the cross. Our coming to the Lord in repentance and faith and our daily walk with the Lord is all by faith. Spiritually speaking the scriptures state that we were crucified with Him and raised to our new life.
“Know you not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the Glory of the Father, even so, we should walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3,4).
The Apostle Paul put it this way:
“I have been crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
We have been blessed beyond anything we might imagine. At the moment we come by faith to Christ, we are accepted in the beloved, we become children of God and we have the assurance that we will spend eternity with the Lord. Again, the Apostle Paul says it best:
“But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them who love Him. But God has revealed them to us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1 Corinthians 2:9,10).
Yes, the Christian life is an exciting life. We are blessed by the Lord and have fellowship with Him. The Holy Spirit guides us, changes us to be more Christ-like, and imparts spiritual knowledge to us in our journey through this life. The Apostle Peter summed it up when He said the following regarding our walk with the Lord:
“Whom (Jesus) having not seen, you love; in Whom, though now you see Him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory”
We serve a great God and have much to be grateful for. “But God, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins has quickened us together with Christ” (Ephesians 2:4,5). Yes, dead is dead, but God, in His love for us made a Way! And what a Way it is!!!
“Jesus said unto him, I Am The Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man comes to the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).
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