Monday, 27 January 2014
For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in Heaven, having made peace through the blood of of His cross. Colossians 1:19,20
The ministry of reconciliation is a gift of God's love to be received by faith thus producing the "New Man", an exact replica of the Lord Jesus Christ!" By repenting of ones sinful lifestyle and by receiving the blood of Christ to cleanse you of all unrighteousness will birth the "New Man" in the likeness of His Father in you, thus allowing you entrance into the royal family of God.
God's greatest gift to mankind was to redeem him from the penalty of his sin that was inherited from Adam thereby allowing man access back into the presence and favor of the Most High. Because of one man's disobedience judgment came to all of the human race sentencing them to eternal judgment and wrath forever in the fires of Hell. God stepped out into the earthly realm in the form of the Christ (The anointed One) to become a perfect sacrifice for the atonement of all of mankind destined to purchase their souls from judgment with His own blood shed on the cross. Executed for righteousness Jesus offered up His very life for us all to inherit the right to become sons and daughters of God to rule and reign in the kingdom of His Son. Washed in the blood of a spotless Lamb we were cleansed of our sin and delivered from the bondage of eternal death forever.
Jesus was the forerunner of a new and living way for man to enter into the grace of the eternal Father and be set free from the law of sin and death, destined to become a race of supernatural beings recreated in the likeness of His Son! New creations in Christ totally transformed by the redemptive power of the Triune (Three in One) God, set free from their bonds and sent into all the earth to spread the gospel of salvation to a lost and dying world in need of redemption. Through the death, burial and resurrection of the Son of the living God everyone was given the choice to be transformed into new men and women or to remain in their sinful state only to suffer the penalty of eternal torment and mourning forever, damned to the pits of Hell!
For by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundant grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Therefore as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous. Romans 5:17-19
ALIENATED AND ENEMIES OF GOD
And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and blameless and above reproach in His sight. Colossians 1:21,22
Jesus took upon Himself the sins of the world, being the perfect sinless and spotless Lamb to be sacrificed for us to inherit eternal life through His shed blood. This one supreme act of God's love set mankind free from the bondage of sin and eternal death for all who would repent of their sin and believe in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The greatest act of kindness ever was the gift of the Lord Jesus given freely to be executed for a sinful and rebellious world of unbelievers bound for the wrath of God.
According to the Word of God everyone was birthed with the stain of Adam's sin committed in the garden of Eden when he allowed Eve to eat of the fruit that God said they were not to eat. We are all born in sin in need of the Savior's blood to wash away our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, without which we would all perish to be tormented in the fires of Hell forever. The biggest mistake mankind can make is believing that somehow by being good, or moral, or by giving to charity, or by doing good deeds that he can save himself, and many a good man and woman have perished because of this, only to someday stand at the "Great White Throne Judgment" reserved for the damned!
To receive the gift of eternal life one must totally surrender his heart and will to the Savior, believing in His redemptive power to redeem him from sin and death through the shedding of His blood. By grace God chose to have mercy on us by delivering His only begotten Son to death on the cross that allowed us all to be able to be saved from His wrath through faith in this one act of redemption, freely given to all who are willing to repent and become born again new creations in Christ!
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10
GROUNDED AND STEADFAST IN THE FAITH
If indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under Heaven, of which I, Paul became a minister. Colossians 1:23
Are you grounded and steadfast in your walk with Christ? If not, like a tree planted but not rooted, when the storms of life come you will be blown away! Trees have to be grown in an environment that is conducive to their well being so that their roots can extend deep within the soil to insure their ability to withstand even the greatest of winds. So it is with the New Man, he must create an environment of Word enriched prayer, study and meditation in order to grow and mature in the Lord.
Jesus concentrated His efforts on twelve men, teaching them by example the things of the kingdom that He was establishing on earth. These men were uneducated and probably a little rough around the edges being just ordinary every day men laboring to support themselves and their families. Today we wouldn't have looked twice at these men, especially for any type of leadership position because of their background and livelihood, being untrained and at best, laymen. (A term not used in the New Testament) Jesus had prayed for these men and God spoke to Him that these were the very ones to be the new men established and trained to be pillars in His new temple of living stones.
This is exactly what is missing today in our microwave, fast food, only on Sunday, consumer driven, event motivated atmosphere called church! There is no discipleship, no training, no equipping and absolutely no sending of men that have been to the school of Christ, mentored by His Spirit to become powerful expressions of Him in the earth! The pattern set by Jesus Himself was to build His kingdom with faithful men who would in turn give themselves to others in order to train them in the very things that Jesus taught them. The ministry of replication was used to make carbon copies of the Lord Jesus Christ, formed by the trials of life, trained in the world and sent into the seas of humanity with the gospel of the kingdom to turn the world upside down for Him who was to die and be resurrected into glory to ever intercede for His newly formed ekklesia called the church!
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf does not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. Psalm 1:1-3
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. Colossians 1:9-12
Putting on the New Man is a study of the new creation process of transformation from the old man dying in his sin, to the born again, new creation in Christ, resurrected into glory and transferred into the kingdom of God! Putting on the New Man is like receiving a totally new suit of clothes that resembles that of a King, and putting off the old rags of the old man, that of a beggar. The total transformation resembles that of the metamorphosis of a worm to a butterfly, from one creature totally transformed into a new creature, resembling nothing of its old self.
Metamorphosis means to change one's physical form, structure, or substance by supernatural means, also a striking alteration in one's character. Jesus said that a man must be born again to see and to enter the kingdom of God, in other words one must be birthed as a spiritual being in order to enter a spiritual kingdom. When I was confronted one night in my living room with the choice to follow Christ or not, I said yes, and my life took a drastic turn from darkness into light, beginning with my tongue as early as the next day my vocabulary was cleansed of cursing and taking God's name in vain. Something or Someone had invaded my very soul, purging and cleansing my mind and spirit. Everything about me changed, from motives to mindsets, a supernatural force was taking over my being by re-creating me into a spiritual being and forming me into God's image. In one night a hopeless addict was transformed into a new creation in Christ by the power of God and set free from the bondage of sin and death.
In Zechariah 3:1-5 there is a picture of the old rags being removed and the new garments being put on Joshua the high priest, a new suit of clothes to cover and a clean turban on his head representing the mind of Christ! Joshua was being transformed from the old priesthood and transferred into kingdom royalty by the Angel of the Lord, the Lord Jesus Himself. The accusations of the enemy quickly fell to the ground as the divine transformation took place and a new creation stepped out into a supernatural realm of the Most High God. Another spiritual being created for good works and service in a spiritual kingdom under the total rule and control of the King of all kings and Lord of all Lords, Jesus the anointed One of God.
Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel. Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, "Take away the filthy garments from him." And to him He said, " See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes." And I said, "Let them put a clean turban on His head." ( the mind of Christ covered with the helmet of salvation) So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put new clothes on him. And the Angel of the Lord stood by. Zechariah 3:1-5
ADVANCED TO ROYALTY
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed (transferred) us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13,14
The new birth is not just another religious dead work or ritual, but a life changing transition from the earthly realm into the very kingdom of God. Upon receiving the supernatural cleansing of our sins by the blood of Jesus by confessing and repenting we are delivered immediately and transferred into the heavenly realm. The gift of salvation enables us to enter the throne of God as sons and not orphans or beggars to inherit His divine nature and character, thus we become a part of His royal family and priesthood of blood bought saints!
Never just old sinners saved by grace, but newly created spiritual beings created to rule and reign in the supernatural kingdom of God on earth as "Royal Priests." The mindset of the old priesthood and even the traditions of hundreds of years of man-centered religion has blurred the lines and mission of the Body of Christ. No longer a place to go, the church of the living Lord Jesus is an organic vineyard meant to cover the world with the message of the truth to set all of mankind free from the bondage of sin and death and to make exact replicas of the Lord Jesus Christ! The devil has deceived the world into believing a lie that church is something for Sundays only, run by a pastor, financed by a congregation of people that expect any work to be done, to be done by him, and the result of this demonically inspired concept is a dead and lifeless assembly of weekend warriors sound asleep in their comfortable little sheep pens of good intentions.
The Bride of Christ is a warrior Queen adorned for her Husband, Jesus, to rule and reign in the kingdom of God, birthing new creations in Christ and populating the earth with a divine spiritual family of blood bought, Spirit filled children of the King of all kings! Talk about a "Block Buster," this story is totally out of this world and only those who have spiritual eyes to see will understand the true meaning of what it is to be a Royal Priesthood in the kingdom of God. Like sleeping beauty the bride slumbers as the shaking of kingdoms begins, but soon she will awaken to the sound of the trumpet and will rise to conquer and to be victorious throughout the earth!
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. I Peter 2:9,10
THE HEADSHIP OF CHRIST
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in Heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. Colossians 1:15-17
In order to understand our newly inherited position in the kingdom of God we must first look at and understand Who it is we serve. The Lord Jesus Christ is the very image of God and if you want to know what God looks like in the flesh, He looks like Jesus because Jesus is God! Jesus is the Creator of all things, He is also the Head of all things and everything that has been created holds together by Him including the very cells of our bodies. The kingdom of Heaven is ruled by the King of all kings and Lord of all!
Over the past few eons it seems that our view of God's kingdom has dimmed and because of the traditions of men passed down through the ages we have a blurred image of the reality of who Jesus is and who we are to be in Him. First of all He is preeminent over the affairs of His church, a living organism created by Him and for Him, never to be owned or controlled by man. The glorious church of the Lord Jesus Christ, the assembly of the called out saints of God has been defiled by the selfish ambition, pride and greed of men who have been deceived and polluted with the doctrines of demons and the traditions of their ancestors, leaving the kingdom vision and mission for their own agendas of fleshly gain. In order for the once powerful apostolic kingdom to begin to flourish again Jesus must be Lord and followed by men and women who have surrendered their lives under the control of Holy Spirit's leading, leaving the world behind to serve in the spiritual kingdom of God!
Jesus said, "I will build My church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it!" The problem being, man has totally ignored the words of Christ and has erected a shrine on every corner of the planet, filled with the rituals and traditions of their fathers, mostly adopted from pagan practices, myths and fables, leaving a dead and lifeless shell of man-centered tombs, full of the corpses of rotting, stinking, decaying, fleshly members destined for Hell! Jesus didn't rent a building, fill it with chairs, post a sign in the yard and pray for someone to show up, heavens no! He chose twelve living breathing souls to deposit His heavenly kingdom in so that His organic vineyard of supernatural new creations in Christ would grow and multiply throughout the earth. A body consisting of born-again blood washed saints of God, a spiritual race of divine worshipers called out of the darkness of this fleshly world into the light and glory of His presence.
And He is the Head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. Colossians 1:18
Monday, 13 January 2014
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. I John 5:13
Multitudes of people struggle with knowing whether they are saved or lost eternally and because in these last days the gospel has been perverted and distorted so that it has lost it's power! The gospel is the good news that Jesus died for our sins, was buried according to the scriptures and resurrected to give us a supernatural new birth through the shedding of His blood and the power of His Holy Spirit to transform us into new creations in Christ.
Many are confused about how one is saved and delivered from the bondage of sin and the subsequent consequences of eternal judgment in Hell! One question always arises that because God is a loving Father how could He send His children to an eternity of torment and judgment? The answer is that He is a just God and in Him there are no gray areas of partiality as there are with human beings. The law of God was given to expose man to his sin, for without law one cannot know he is guilty in need of salvation. In other words it would be like driving on a highway without speed limits giving you the right to drive as fast as you like, but all of a sudden you top a hill and you see a speed limit sign that says 55 and immediately you are convicted as a law breaker and so it is with God, once you are made aware of it you are convicted as one who has broken the law of God and in need of forgiveness.
That is why Jesus had to die because man was born in sin inherited from Adam in the garden of Eden when he and Eve disobeyed God by eating the fruit that God told them not to eat. Because of one man's disobedience all of mankind was stained with Adam's sin and in need of a Savior. Therefore everyone is born in sin and everyone has to become born again in order to receive eternal life and escape the judgment do to all who disobey God. This is the reason that being good cannot save you, nor good works, or going to church, taking communion or by being baptized, no, none of these can give you eternal life, only by repenting of your sins, believing in His death, burial and resurrection by faith and receiving His Spirit into your heart can truly save your soul. The gift of salvation is available to all who would surrender their life and will to the leading of God's Holy Spirit and follow the Lord Jesus wherever He leads.
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty (accountable) before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified (pardoned) in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:19,20
THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH
For the wages (payment) of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
Sin carries the curse of judgment and the penalty is death. Sin is disobedience to God who created us and the law was written to expose man to what sin really is. Every sin that man has ever committed was laid upon the Lord Jesus Christ, a perfect sacrifice to satisfy the wrath of a holy God who has been deeply offended by our actions! Salvation is accepting by faith the supernatural cleansing power of the blood of Christ to wash away ones sin, and then turning away from it in repentance after confessing them to God, asking for His forgiveness.
The heart of the gospel of good news is being forgiven before a holy God who gave His Son to die for what we should have been executed for. In other words the Lord Jesus Christ stepped up and took our sin that we are all guilty of committing and died a horrible death on a rugged tree to bleed out for us who deserved it. Every man and woman from that point onward has the choice to receive this greatest of all gifts to be forgiven, cleansed and delivered from from eternal damnation in Hell, or choose to stay in his lost state and one day stand before the "Great White Throne" judgment spoken of in Revelation reserved for the damned and render an account for his rebellious life of disobedience to be cursed forever in torment and mourning.
Millions have been, and are being deceived into thinking that they are going to Heaven because they are good, moral, upstanding citizens, church members, even Sunday school teachers, but have never been converted to Christ and cleansed of their sin, and in reality are only doing what they have learned from their forefathers, passed down through the ages, guarded by Satan himself to hold them captive, blinded by religious duty and the teachings of demons! Sounds diabolical (pertaining to demons) and in reality it is, and the world is perishing because of it, blind, deaf and dumb, like sheep led to the slaughter they trudge onward to another dead and lifeless funeral service led by men who are in many cases lost themselves, devoid of the truth that can set them free!
For if the Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11
FOR BY GRACE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED THROUGH FAITH
And you He made alive who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit (Satan) who now works (in) the sons of disobedience, among whom also we once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, (the anger of God) just as the others. Ephesians 2:1-3
The above mentioned scripture describes how Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit makes us alive in the Spirit by the miracle of the "New Birth" when He supernaturally resurrects us from the old life of the fleshly man to the born again spiritual man, re-created in the image and likeness of God. In order for one to experience the new birth he must first be willing to come to God and confess his sins, forsake his sins and turn away from them and then surrender to the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus is the only way to Heaven and by becoming born again is the only entrance for man to receive eternal life by grace through faith. Grace enables us to come to a holy God and also allows God to come to us in our time of need. When one begins to feel conviction about the condition of his eternal soul and the need to come to God in repentance, grace allows the presence of the Holy Spirit to cause the new birth through the total transformation from the death of the old man to new life in Christ! This act of supernatural power is a metamorphosis similar to the transformation of a worm to a butterfly. When one gives his heart to Jesus in a covenant oath of total surrender and devotion likened to a marriage vow, the power of God immediately brings about the born again experience.
As you can plainly see, becoming a born again believer in Christ is like the birth of a human infant, also a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, in which the sowing of seed into a fertile human egg creates conception, so also the sowing of the Word of the living God into the fertile heart of man creates the conception of a brand new creation in the Spirit. The Word of God is supernatural seed that causes life to spring forth from that which is dead and causes the new creation birth of a spiritual man that will become reborn in the image of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. II Corinthians 5:17
CHRIST IN YOU THE HOPE OF GLORY
To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27
The key to knowing you are saved, washed in His blood and secure in your spiritual journey is life, spiritual life that flows out of your innermost being. The very life of God is deposited in the heart of every believer who accepts the conditions of salvation by surrendering His life to the control of the Holy Spirit by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ! When one becomes born again God's nature and character descends into the heart and soul of a person and sets up an eternal dwelling place making us the new temple of God.
If the Lord Jesus came to your home for a visit would things change because of His presence, would you know He was there, of course you would, and it is the same in the Spirit when He comes into the soul of man there is no mistaking His presence because He is now residing in you! As the scripture says, "Out of your innermost being shall flow rivers of living water," referring to the outward flow of the life of God through His Spirit. The Lord Jesus is now wanting to live His life in us and as time passes in the life of the believer and he rejects the will of the flesh and submits to the will of God he becomes conformed to the image of Christ!
As you can see the dynamics of kingdom life are not just the bowing of your head and muttering a prayer, joining the church or getting baptized, it is a total transformation of your body, soul and spirit allowing to be in subjection to the control of the Holy Spirit and the will of the Most High. Upon the total surrender of your heart you are no longer your own because you have been bought with the price of the blood of the Son of the living God! From now on the living Lord Jesus will live His life through you giving you an eternal hope of the very glory of God.
In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:4,5
CHOOSE THIS DAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE
But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" that is the word of faith which we preach: that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10: 8-10
The famous "Sinners's prayer" originated from the above mentioned verse of scripture that was preached, not from Romans, but was taken from the book of Deuteronomy, the 30th chapter and begins in verse 11. Within the context of this scripture it describes a covenant act of total surrender rather than what it has become today, a way to get your ticket punched for Heaven without changing your lifestyle. All of mankind has to choose whether he would be saved by the surrender of his will, or to remain in his lost state, only to eventually die in his sins and be damned forever in torment in the fires of Hell!
The choice is yours, you can choose to follow Jesus and lay down your life for Him in obedience, or you can continue to follow after the lust of the flesh and of the world and end up spiritually bankrupt in torment, damned for eternity! When one is born again he knows he is saved, not that at times there wont be doubt's and fears because we have an adversary that is always trying to defeat us and bring us down into a pit of depression, hopelessness and futility of mind, but the born again believer cannot live by feelings or emotional responses because we are called to live by faith, and in that faith we are strengthened will all power according to His glorious might and we are more than conquerors!
If you have questioned your salvation or have doubted that you have truly decided to follow Jesus, then cry out to Him and ask for His presence to flood your soul, repent of whatever sin is holding you in bondage and give your heart freely to the One who laid down His life for you, submit to the leading of His Holy Spirit and come out from the darkness of the world and He will meet you with open arms as a loving Father would for His lost child, He loves you and will confirm to you your eternal position by the indwelling presence of His Spirit. If you still have questions then go to our website in the message section under salvation and search the scripture for yourselves in order to know you have eternal life abiding in you! May God bless you with Holy Spirit assurance.
"And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3
WARNING: Salvation is not a system of steps to be followed, or a series of scriptures to be read, it is a love relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. One cannot make a mental ascent by praying a prayer without the giving of ones heart and soul to Christ in obedience and devotion forever, neither is it another dead and lifeless religious exercise, but a covenant vow of marriage to the "Bridegroom"and lover of your soul, King of all kings, Lord of all and Creator of the universe, the Lord Jesus Christ!
Thursday, 02 January 2014
I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night (spiritual darkness) is coming when no one can work. John 9:4
It seems that we are rapidly moving into a time of deep spiritual darkness, not only in America but around the world. In the past one hundred years and especially in the last fifty or so man has become obsessed with the darkness rather than the light of God. In the 1968 cult classic, "Night of the Living Dead" a movie in which people were resurrected by radiation and went about killing those who had not been exposed created a fascination with zombies. The dictionary defines zombie as a person who is, or appears to be, lifeless, apathetic, or totally lacking in independent judgment. Sound like today's culture, the walking dead, holding an i-phone up to their face, completely zoned out in cyber space?
Today's youth have been raised on zombies, vampires, werewolves and a vast array of other gruesome creatures and demonic entities battling not only one another, but vying for entrance to young minds. A supernatural invasion of darkness has created a race of people who live for themselves encapsulated in a virtual world of un-reality, lost in a hopeless state of fantasy and vain imagination. Have you tried to have a conversation with your kids, grand-kids or any other young person lately, if so you're probably just talking to yourself because they are engrossed with their electronic device. #attention-span-o. Lately everywhere you look there is a movie, TV show, or even in commercials a zombie or something that relates to zombies is creating an obsession with the living dead and is taking over the media.
When I first began to take notice of this phenomenon the Lord began to speak to me about what is really going on in the spiritual realm and what is happening in the minds of modern day humanity, a complete assault of the mind of man to conquer and control the thought life leaving absolutely no room for the word of God. The mind is the battle ground to control the individual and to inject his thoughts by seducing him with fantasy, lust and ultimately: darkness. When something becomes evident by an overwhelming majority, in this case: zombies, one has to take notice and hear what in fact God may be speaking to His church, because they have also been taken captive by the schemes of the devil, holding their minds captive and their thoughts filled with the lust and pleasures of the world!
"I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. (spiritual zombies) "Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God." Revelation 3:1,2
THE GOSPEL IS VEILED TO THOSE WHO ARE PERISHING
But even if our gospel (good news of salvation) is veiled, (hidden) it is veiled to those who are perishing, (going to Hell) whose minds, the god of this age (Satan) has blinded who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. II Corinthians 4:3,4
When Jesus preached to the multitudes He often times said to them, "He that has eyes to see and ears to hear" meaning that many indeed did not see or listen to His words because they were spiritually dead. Millions perish without Christ because they are blinded to the very good news that has the ability to save them and deliver them from eternal death. Many a good man and woman has succumbed to Satan's schemes to blind them to the word of God by seducing them with the things of the world.
The devil cannot make anyone do anything, but he is a master manipulator and promoter when it comes to distracting someone's attention from the way of salvation. He even had the audacity to try and sidetrack Jesus in the wilderness with the temptations of the world. If the King of all kings had fallen prey to the devil's evil schemes we would have all perished without any hope of eternal life. This is why modern day evangelism in most cases doesn't work, because preachers have adopted the techniques of the world to win church members and not disciples of the Lord Jesus. Nickles, noses and numbers have replaced repentance from sin and deliverance from the bondage of eternal death, with a simple generic prayer without conviction.
The world is lost and in dire need of the Savior's love and mercy to receive the good news of their salvation given freely by the Lord Jesus Christ, but unless we, the church of the living God preach the whole truth and nothing but the truth without compromise and selfish motives there will be no hope for the lost multitudes perishing without Christ. The blood of millions will be on this generation's hands who refused to repent of tickling the ears of the lost with a lukewarm, shallow gospel of mush served up to the rich and famous by greedy self-help gurus to win their affection and not their soul! May God have mercy on us all!
For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears. Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, (repent) so that I should heal them. Matthew 13:15
ARE YOU DEAD OR ALIVE IN CHRIST?
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. II Corinthians 10:3-5
In order for one to obtain true spiritual life one must become born again and receive the Holy Spirit, who is the very life of God. Jesus said in the Gospel of John that He was life and the life was the light of men, in other words when a man has Jesus in his heart there is a spiritual light that shines forth from his spirit giving witness to those who observe him that he indeed is a new creation in Christ. The spiritually dead have no light, they only have life in their fleshly bodies but their spirits are dead to spiritual things.
The above mentioned scripture speaks of warfare for those who are spiritually alive and that their weapons are not of this world nor the battleground in which they fight. The new creation believer wars within his mind and with his spirit to defeat and deflect the flaming missiles of the devil injected into the thought life to distract or to lead astray from following God. Spiritual zombies are dead to the things of God being carnally minded and devoid of His Spirit and they can only become religious through ritual and mechanical repetition, having a form of godliness, but as the Word says, they deny it's power. The world is full of darkness and religion devoid of life that destroys the work of Christ with millions of demonic detours to lead people astray from the way of true salvation and ultimately they perish without the love of the Savior.
So, are you dead or alive, a zombie or a born again Christian? A question to be answered only by the spiritual fruit and life that shines forth from ones spirit? Many proclaim to be Christian but by their actions they deny the Savior who bought them with His own blood. The world is full of nice clean moral church members lost as a goose in a snow storm, but they are perishing, destined to Hell because they have never surrendered their hearts and life to the Lord Jesus Christ and received His Holy Spirit. Alive, but dead, they trudge onward to another dry and dusty service of man-made, man-centered, fleshly indulgence, serving the stale bread of religious duty, only to try and satisfy the guilt of not truly being a disciple of the living God!
He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:11-13