We are dead.
Spiritually dead. There is no doubt about it. This consequence of sin is promised by God, inherited through Adam, and earned by each one of us. The Bible is clear about our fate. We are spiritually dead and destined for hell.
To think of ourselves as already dead is a harsh reality – quite morbid, actually. I am going to be very blunt for a moment: Think of all that is associated with being physically dead. Nothing works anymore. You are no longer functioning. But it gets worse. When you are dead, you begin to rot. I won’t go into detail describing this process, but it stinks. Literally. I cringe to even write that, but this is what sin does to us. This is our state of eternal being before believing the good news of the gospel.
Jesus says in John 5 : 24, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”
What a beautiful promise. There is a way to go from being dead, to becoming alive. It completely changes our state of being and our eternal destination.
It can be really difficult to grasp all of this. Starting out dead, and then becoming alive? You aren’t the only one. I think a good way to envision all of this is through an example found right in nature – the process of the four seasons, starting with fall.
The leaves are all colorful and enticing, but then they die and fall off the trees. Have you ever smelled a raked up bag of dead leaves that have been sitting around for a while decomposing? It’s not pleasant. As fall progresses, it gets cold and everything is dead. This is us in our sin.
Then, winter comes and covers the earth a blanket of snow. This is Jesus’s sacrificial work on the cross. He covers us with His righteousness, through His death on the cross, and washes white as snow.
Because of this, we are able to be made alive - regenerated. Think of how beautiful the spring time is? Flowers bloom, trees blossom, and the earth becomes alive. Everything is new. Everything is growing.
Summer is life as a believer. There will be storms, yes, – some even severe – and rain will come, but you are alive. Your destination is secure. You have been raised up with Christ and you are seated in the heavenly realms.
This is why the gospel is the greatest news. So, let us rejoice! You, who were once dead, are now alive!