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.

Ephesians 2:1-6: "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 righteousness.

PRAYERFULLY READ:
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.