I recently read an article in my discovery Series Devotional. The writer, Constantine R. Campbell goes on to describe the plight of individuals through the eyes of the Apostle Paul, in the Book of Ephesians chapter 2:4-5. Campbell uses the words self-gratifying zombies, to describe people who were dead in trespasses and sin. Let's take a look at what Paul said in this text.
4 But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, five that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God's grace that you receive salvation.
This article reminded me of a commercial on TV. When I looked it up on google, they gave it the name: "Zombie Apocalypse." It is a commercial sponsored by American Home Shield, a commercial insurance company that provides insurance for people's appliances that break or no longer work properly. A man goes into the company because he had an air conditioner that no longer worked. The receptionist asks if she can help him. The man responds "I want to file a claim because my air conditioner stopped working and I need to replace it." The receptionist responds, "I'm sorry, but we don't cover air conditioners.
Then the man asks, "Well what do you cover?" Her response cracked me up. Well, we cover home damage due to earthquakes, volcanoes and zombie apocalypse." Curiously and quite stunned! He replies, "Zombie Apocalypse?" And with a cute little exaggerated sarcastic quip, she says, "COVERED!" I am sure the man thought about the absurdity of her answer. The commercial ends with a g group of zombies gathered outside of the building trying to get in the building.
Anyone who has ever watched horror movies that feature zombies know they are considered the living dead.
Webster's dictionary defines a zombie as: a corpse revived by magic, someone who looks macabre or who behaves as though half-dead.
Christ miraculously destroyed the penalty of sin and its power over us on the cross. Through faith in Christ, we stand acquitted, or not guilty, before God. Before we became Christians, we were dead in our sins and were slaves to our sinful nature. But now we are alive with Christ. Let me put it this way: Before Christ, we were spiritual zombies, after Christ our state or condition is we are "COVERED," BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS. HALLLELUJAH.
Because of God's love and mercy toward us, he did what no other power, magician, demonic power, principality, or movie hero could do. The sin nature of Adam traveled down humanity's DNA until God provided a cure through the sacrifice of his only Son, Jesus Christ. He provided the treatment, the antivirus for the zombie plaque, the generations of unsaved people who would have been doomed to eternal death, hell and the grave. When we were without help and strength to change ourselves God made us alive with Christ. Jesus took the action he did to bring us into a new position with the Father. We now have peace with God, because of the shed blood of his Son. When he looks at us, He sees the blood of his Son Covering our sins.
And if you continue to read on in Ephesians 2, you will come to verses 8 and 9. Those verses tell us that grace has saved us through faith. We cannot claim any credit or work that we have done to deserve it or earn it. Grace is a "Gift," of God. We could not revive ourselves; dead people cannot resuscitate the dead. Our changed lives are a result of God's precious gift of salvation.
Not only do we get to be covered and under new management, a new and better agreement or covenant, but Paul says in verse number 6, "We are with Christ seated in heavenly places." We have been raised up with him. We are raised and seated with Christ which means that we share in his victory over death, we share in the power of his resurrection spirit, and we participate in his plan and purpose for everyone on the earth to be saved.
Our faith and trust in Christ connect us to him. We do not physically die on the cross with him but our connection to his death, burial and resurrection symbolize our kinship to him. It emphasizes our willingness to submit to Christ's authority and our desire to be our brother and sisters keepers. We want to see people come to Christ. We hope should be to do our part in bringing our family, friends, neighbors, and those in the hedges and highways into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Paul says his blood covers our sins. The old sinful nature has died, and our new life is in Christ.
Christ died so that we can live. He desires to give us exceeding, abundantly, above all that we can ask or think, according to the power that is working in each of us. Eph. 3:20.
HAVE A GREAT DAY AND DON'T FORGET TO SAY YOUR PRAYERS.