DEAD OR ALIVE?
"For as in Adam all die, so all will be made alive in Christ"
1 Corinthian 15:22
ALL WHO REJECT GOD'S INSTRUCTIONS
and disobey Him, as did Adam, are separated from God by their sins and are
spiritually dead. When we, along with Adam, follow the advice of the serpent,
instead of listening to the Lord, we are cut off from the source of spiritual
life and are no longer in fellowship with our Creator. This sin, the rejection
of His wisdom, is universal as "all have sinned." This is to be "in Adam" and to
be spiritually dead. Jesus spoke of this state when he told the "dead to bury
their dead" and when the rebellious young prodigal is pronounced "dead" (Matthew 8:22;
Luke 15:32). Paul described widows who live only for pleasure as
d1ead while living (1 Timothy 5:6 ). All who follow Adam's disobedience are dead
in sin. Through sin all die in Adam.
"You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived,
following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the
air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. Among
these we all once lived in the passions of our flesh ... like the rest of
mankind. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which He
loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together
with Christ ... and raised us up with Him."
ALL SPIRITUAL LIFE
is in Christ, as we follow His example of total love and obedience to the
Father and to His will. Convicted of the enormity of our sins through the
Spirit's work in the message of the Cross, we turn from the love and practice
of sin to love God and His righteousness. We are made spiritually alive when we
reject Adam's example and obey Christ in baptism. We are buried with Him and
raised to walk in holiness, our hearts are changed to hate evil and to love
godliness -- to cease serving sin and to become new creatues and servants of
Romans 6:1-19; 1 Peter 1:22-25; Colossians 2:6-14; 3:1-17; Acts 2:38; 1 John
2:3-6; 3:14-18; Titus 2:11-14; 3:3-8; 2 Cor.3:2-8, 18.
IN CHRIST WE ARE ALL MADE ALIVE
and are being changed into His likesness, always taking on more and more of
His attributes -- loving as He loved, forgiving as He forgave -- as the Spirit
works in us.