Already Dead

 

October 27

 

Read Ephesians 2:1-5

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive in Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved.

 

Reflect

How does our spiritual condition reveal itself? Why is it hard to accept our spiritual condition?

 

Growing up, I often had separation from God because of sin explained to me like a great chasm between us. The teacher would draw a great chasm on the board and put God on one side and a person on the other. Then, they would demonstrate that no matter how far the person jumped, the person would always fall short of God’s standard of perfection. A person could never jump the entire chasm and make our way to God because that requires perfection and we are born sinners. So, that’s true.

 

There is a problem with this illustration though. Dead people can’t jump. The reality is that we aren’t just spiritually deficient and spiritually deviant, we are spiritually dead. We can’t try to jump the chasm to get to God because we aren’t even alive. That means we are unresponsive to spiritual stimuli. We can’t even attempt to do anything that would please God in an effort to close the gap between us.

 

That is until God, rich in mercy, makes us alive in Christ. Picture Adam at the time of creation. God had formed his body but he was still dead until the Spirit breathed life into him. Or the  valley of the dry bones in Ezekiel 37. Just a bunch of dead bodies until the Spirit came on the four winds and breathed life into those dry bones.

 

Friends, our salvation is not something we can even attempt to accomplish. The illustration should be revised to show a dead person on the other side of that chasm. Salvation is of the Lord. Period.

 

Our situation may be even worse than we initially thought. But that just makes the good news of the Gospel even better. God loves us. So He made us alive in Christ by the Spirit. We have been raised with Jesus into new life! That is just how rich His mercy is.

 

Pray

God, thank You for Your incredible love, your rich mercy, and Your amazing grace. I was dead. I couldn’t save myself. But You raised me to life! And for that, You are worthy of my praise! Amen.



~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

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Amen The Lord is indeed worthy of my praise
Thank you lord Amen
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS & THE HOLY SPIRIT I WANT TO SAY *THANKYOUJESUS*AUTOMATICALLY FOR ME & ALL MY FAMILY;ETC;
Thank you, John. A very good question. Here's a video I produced answering the topic of "Which version of the Bible?" https://youtu.be/VN7w-VPla5E More specifically, the Amplified version of the Bible is a literal equivalent with amplification or commentary added into the text. Instead of taking the explanations and putting them as a footnote, they're placed in brackets to show they're not adding to the text, but explaining it. That's how I have approached it. The challenge can be in the interpretation of that text. I hope this explains the amplified versions approach.
Amen!
Thank you Barb for highlighting the point of this devotion in a real life example. It makes me admit that I often tend to judge the lost rather than have a pure heart and pray. As you said so beautifully, I am the same except for Jesus.
Thanks God for is God grace
It reminds me to pray for those who strongly oppose God, especially on the political scene. I'm really no different than they are-but for Jesus.
I understand that we were spiritually deficient and spiritually deviant, we were dead. We needed someone to save us and Jesus did. Praise God for His unspeakable gift. He raised me to life, that is just how rich His mercy is. "Thank you Jesus."
Let my daily life mirror Jesus., I cannot pay back this free gift of salvation. Let me love others freely as I received, challenging it is, there is inner peace that sits well.
Heavenly Father I recognize that it was only through Your grace that I am able to call You Father. Thank You for saving me through faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
I continue to pray, affirm and believe my actions and thoughts of God are consistently in my heart and knowing he has a plan for husbands job and life with career.. blessing withi white light for my daughter Amd my life.. amen and so it is !
We were once walk in darkness and all the cares of this world, but now we are saved by grace so, by grace we have been saved. (ESV)
Thank u Jesus
Hello here is your reminder, God will never leave nor forsake You! Jesus will always lead you with his Ritchous right hand, within and underneath you. Making your way in His will, way, and perfect timing. God Bless You and Keep You Always in Jesus Mighty name Amen.
❤️the message thank you God bless you!
Amen and Amen! With God all things are possible. Thanks for your truthful messages on a daily basis Pastor Crawford. All glory to God and His living word!
Thank you, we have so much to be thankful for.
Thank you God for your great mercy that still loves me even when I am stressed to the Max , I tend to forget that your love will see me through again. I needed a reminder .
Thanks so much for the undiluted word of God. This is in fact the gospel message. We've been listening to some preachings and if care is not taken, you will end by giving up because you will be thinking you are still the same dead guy despite your struggle to make yourself good. Not knowing the battle is of the Lord.
Galatians 1:6-9 refers to false gospels and you are correct, they are not a gospel at all. I humbly answer your question: They can’t add to or change Gods word, they are teaching a false gospel! The pope recently wanted to change the Our Father, taking out the words “and lead us not into temptation”. Yes seriously, he did. However taken in context with the next verse “but deliver us from evil” it makes perfect sense. God never tempts us but leads us away from evil temptation. This is a perfect example of humans perverting Gods word and they should be accursed! All that said, we are told: “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” There are many false prophets in this lost world, we must recognize them for who they are and follow God, His Son Jesus Christ, (not other humans) and His written word as it was intended. 🙏🏻
Thank you so much for this message today! I've been struggling with a head injury. I'm also under stress which is not helpful while I'm recovering. This message was very helpful for me today.Thank God for his.incredible grace and mercy!
Amen
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves, but a gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9. For I will only boast of Jesus Christ and Him crucified and risen for me.... accepted in the beloved! Blessings, J
So thankful for God’s saving grace
Powerful and vivid illustration of how sin segregate us from God, thank you Pastor Nat ! Lord Jesus, thank You for loving and saving me from a life of sin and death; and You've now brought be into Your marvelous light and hope of spending eternity with You! I can rejoice. My sins are gone! Amen.
Thank you Pastor Nat, for a heartfelt message of God’s mercy and grace. I would like to ask a question. I’ve seen some ministers use amplified versions of the Bible in their sermons and devotionals and wonder at the use of such versions. Paul said in scripture and I’ve heard you say that adding or subtracting from God’s Gospel makes it no Gospel at all. So how can these Christian men and women use a version of the Bible that has been added to or changed? May God continue to bless you and your family and continue to inspire you so that we can learn more of the Lord our God and put His Word to action for the glory of God’s Kingdom. Your Friend in Christ John
....No one gets to the Father except through me. Thank you, Jesus. I’m trying.
Amen
Merciful God, I am not perfect nor am I worthy of Your mercy. But Lord, I thank You for Your saving Grace, Your Son, Jesus, who died on the cross to save a sinner like me. Thank Your for Your unwavering love for us. Father, without You, we would not be. I love You Lord. In Your Son Chrust Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Thank you for the rich clarification. We were DEAD in our sin. I praise God for His saving grace through Jesus and the Holy Spirit!
God, through his Holy Son Jesus Christ, committed the ultimate gift to mankind when He sent Him to die for our sins. Praise the Lord!
John B., Kyle,Tx Thank you LORD JESUS for making me alive again! I would be very lost without you! This is a great Word Pastor Nate!
Lord make me alive again today to love you, obey you and praise your holy name. If I die daily you Jesus will make me alive in you. Jesus you deserve all our praise and all glory. Thank you for making me alive and set free in you. Amen
Thank you pastor Nat and I thank God for myself my family and God's family
Amen thank you jesus for loving me and giving me new life in you
Amen thank you jesus for loving me and giving me new life in you
Amen
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
awesome ! we are new creatures in Christ …2 Cor 5:17..
Amen ❤️🙏🏾