Word for the World devotionals from Dr. Randy White

The Walking Dead

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.” (Ephesians 2:1–2, NASB95)

When the Bible speaks of being “dead in your trespasses and sins” it speaks of being spiritual dead, not spiritually incapable. Unbelievers are obedient to the “prince of the power of the air” rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ, thus they are called “sons of disobedience.” If they were to begin to obey the Gospel, they would believe and be saved, and thus be raised with Christ, to “walk in newness of life.”

The theological system that concludes that belief is impossible for the spiritually dead has to make an assumption that spiritual death is like physical death and thus prohibits any kind of spiritual decision-making. That same system, however, claims that the spiritually dead person continues in death because they reject the Gospel. Can a dead person reject anything? The logic simply doesn’t work.  A spiritually dead person is one walking in their sin rather than in the saving grace of Jesus Christ. In His grace, God has offered the blood of Jesus Christ as the payment for all sin, and thus Christ offers life to the spiritually dead, and the offer is simple: believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved!

In His Grace;

Dr. Randy White

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