The Living Dead

 

In his work, “Human Nature in Its Fourfold State” the Scottish Puritan, Thomas Boston talks about the four states of human nature: (a) Primitive Integrity; (b) Entire Depravity; (c) Begun Recovery; and (d) Consummate Happiness or Misery.

Let's focus on “Entire Depravity”. An essential mistake of the modern man is that he considers himself essentially good. Whether or not he rejects the idea of God, the ability at self-perception is fatally flawed. The light of God’s revelation must reveal our sinful state if we are ever to seek salvation in Christ!  Our essential state efore coming to Christ was that of the living dead.

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked.
— Ephesians 2:1-2a

We were alive to sin but dead to God. Our spirits were separated from God and unable to feel his love, or his calling. The essence of Spiritual death is separation from God. I remember a Jewish man talking about when he became a christian, his family actually held a funeral for him, in essence saying “you’re dead to us.” e were dead to God. Living corpses who could not feel or respond to His love. Until the voice of God called us out of the tomb like Jesus called Lazarus out of the tomb. We could not save ourselves dear friends! If I set a vial life-giving potion next to you on the floor and pleaded with you to “just drink it!” You would not. n light of this truth, we understand the world around us better. And w nderstan ette hat we were, which makes us praise God all the more!

In Prayer Today:

Praise God that while were still dead in our transgressions, He made us alive in Christ.