Christians, "He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: I know your deeds, that you have a name [CHRISTIAN] that you are alive, but you are dead." Revelation 3:1 ✞
THE SPIRITUALLY DEAD💀
The devil, his demons, and everybody unsaved are all SPIRITUALLY DEAD! 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 sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. Apostle Paul states the spiritually dead are remarkably different from those who are spiritually alive.
1. They live "like the rest of the world." This refers to the world's accepted, but immoral, lifestyles and godless motives. JESUS warned HIS followers: 'If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated ME first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you" John 15:18-19. People who live like the rest of the world cannot at the same time follow JESUS! Romans 12:2, Galatians 1:4
2. The spiritually dead follow "the ruler of the kingdom of the air." This ruler is Satan. The passage focuses on Satan's reality as an evil power with a certain amount of control in the world. The BIBLE pictures Satan as ruling an evil spiritual kingdom — the demons and those who are against CHRIST. "Satan" means "the accuser." Paul calls Satan the "devil" in Ephesians 4:27 and Ephesians 6:11. In Ephesians 6:16, he calls him the "evil one."
The fact that Satan and his demons work within the hearts and minds of the spiritually dead makes his evil kingdom very real. Paul wanted the Ephesians to recognize Satan's work as a present threat. The evil powers at work rival the work of the HOLY SPIRIT! Ephesians 1:21. The spiritually dead are those who have not surrendered to GOD. They have decided not to obey HIM. They are emboldened and energized by the power of evil. The force of the evil spirit is seen in those who actively disobey GOD both in faith and action! These people live in constant rebellion and opposition to GOD.
2 Thessalonians 1:8
3. The spiritually dead are enslaved to "gratifying the cravings of the sinful nature". This is the third mark of unbelievers. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Ephesians 2:3
"All of us" refers to those who were once separated from GOD because of their disobedience. Romans 3:23 states, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of GOD". Throughout time, human beings have lived in sin and disobedience. Though believers, the Ephesians still lived among the sinful unbelievers, but they no longer participated in the sinful lifestyles. The spiritually dead cannot follow GOD, because they do not know HIM. Instead, they live enslaved to the cravings of the sinful nature, following its desires. Most of the world lives by the idea of "IF IT FEELS GOOD DO IT!" This means that they do whatever feels natural to them. The SINFUL NATURE refers to people's natural state without GOD. That nature is self-centered and enslaved to its own desires. 1 John describes the traits of the spiritually dead: "If anyone loves the world, the love of the FATHER is not in him. For all that is in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not of the FATHER but is of the world"
1 John 2:15-16
Apostle Paul said in THE LAST DAYS, people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of GOD — having a form of godliness but denying its power". Paul adds this command: "Have nothing to do with them".
2 Timothy 3
Conclusion: To become SPIRITUALLY ALIVE, do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind; do not love the world or the things in the world; do not be friends with the world; and recognize that, "No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other"! Matthew 6:24🔥🔥🔥
CROWNS OF FAITH
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