Having Lost the Function That Enables Us to Contact God

Eph 2:1 And you, though dead in your offenses and sins, 2:5 Even when we were dead in offenses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)

Verse 1 says that we were dead in our offenses and sins. The words “being dead” refer to the dead condition of our spirit, a death that pervades our entire being. We were not only fallen and sinful; we were dead. As we preach the gospel…we should say to the people, “Friends, we Christian preachers must be honest and tell people what their real situation is. You are not only sinners–all of you are dead. You are all in a coffin and in a tomb. You may regard yourselves as cultured ladies and gentlemen, but actually you are dead and buried in a tomb. I tell you this because now Christ wants to make you alive and raise you up out of your coffin.” This is a good way to preach the gospel. By being dead in offenses and sins, we lost the function that enables us to contact God. Spiritual death has annulled the function of our spirit. No matter how active we were in our body and soul, we were deadened in our spirit, unable to contact God.

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