Two Things Dead Folks Can Do
I*m writing here about folks that are spiritually dead. They can examine themselves to see if they are spiritually dead or alive and they can say yes or no to God*s loving invitation to life.
2 Corinthians 13:5: Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
John 6:37: All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
God has created systems in us that fight physical illness. We normally have immune systems. Wounds heal up, our bodies defeat viruses and bacteria and they automatically protect us from many illnesses. He has also given us medical doctors and scientists that contribute greatly to our physical health and preserve our lives. They sometimes surgically repair things or remove things that would kill us. God works physical miracles for us in all sorts of ways. But when people are dead, those things don*t work. Dead things cannot make themselves alive. Until the Lord Jesus puts eternal life in us we are spiritually dead.
John 5:24: 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.
1 John 3:14: We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
Romans 6:11, 13: Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
When we receive Jesus into our hearts He gives us eternal life.
1 John 5:11-12: And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
Spiritual life is usually called eternal life or everlasting life. But it is also called a more abundant life and a new life.
John 10:10: The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Romans 6:4: 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 also should walk in newness of life.
I have some personal definitions of that life: a better life, a happier life, a more joyful life, a more blessed life, a more fulfilling life, a more useful life, a sanctified life, a more productive life, a more orderly life, etc. If you possess it, I*m sure the Lord has given you some of your own definitions of it.
Organisms that are alive physically are physically active. Individuals that are spiritually alive are spiritually active. Those without Christ are only alive physically, and that usually lasts less than a 100 years. Those with Christ are alive physically AND spiritually. The new spiritual life in us will impact our physical lives in new and increasingly different ways.
I have peace with God. Before I received Jesus I did not. I am grateful to God. Before I was not. (Strong*s Concordance definition of grace: The divine influence upon the heart, including gratitude.) I worship God. Worshipping God means living as if He has worth. Before God was worth nothing to me and I lived like it. I trust God. Before I did not. I love God. Before I did not. I love others. Before I did not. I take no credit for that. Love is the fruit of the Spirit, not the fruit of Ron. We cannot give anything TO God that we did not first get FROM Him.
2 Peter 1:3a: According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, . . .
Care to discuss Two Things Dead Folks Can Do with Ron?