Major Beliefs Day 47 – Dead! (Ephesians 2)
Ephesians 2:1-2 – “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince ofthe power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.”
Thomas Watson once said, “He may look on death with joy, who can look on forgiveness with faith.” That puts things into perspective doesn’t it? Death can be a gateway to joy, IF we are followers of Jesus Christ. If we have “crucified the flesh” and put our faith and our trust in Jesus Christ and His blood. In other words death is a gateway to joy for those who have died to the sins of the world.
Before we can die to the things of the world however we have to be made alive, made alive by the Spirit of God, because before we come to Jesus the Bible makes it abundantly clear that we are already dead. Dead in our tresspasses and sins. We are corpses walking around, zombies to put it in today’s terminology.
Without Jesus we are dead. The walking, breathing dead. Dead and hopeless until the Gospel invades our lives. Paul goes on to say in Ephesians 2:4, “But God being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved.” In other words we are dead, unless the grace of God makes us alive. Paul wasn’t simply formulating a theory when he wrote these words, he had experienced this very thing. On the road to Damascus, he was among the living dead, until he was struck down by a blinding light, until he heard the voice of God, until he repented of his sins, and asked the most important question he ever asked, “Who are you Lord?” It was there that he accepted the grace of God and passed from death to life. It was that road that radically transformed him and changed the entireity of his life. It was only through the grace of God.
Before that day Paul’s life had been lived trying to earn the favor of God and he was absolutely miserable in doing so, but now on the road to Damascus, he encounter this life changing truth, “it is by grace you are saved.” It’s not your works or your goodness, how could it be? After all you are dead. It is simply the grace of God, and it is that grace that makes us alive.
Now through the grace of God we are no longer dead we are alive, and as Paul says, “the life I live in the flesh I live by faith in the son of God who gave Himself for me.” We are alive through Jesus and we live through Jesus, and one day when we near the end of this life we can have confidence in knowing that it is the grace of God that will once again carry us through the valley of the shadow of death and make us alive again. It is God’s grace that once we are made alive keeps us from death and even though we will pass from this life, we will still be alive, because we have been given the gift of eternal life. To God be the glory!