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The Walking Dead Ephesians 2:1-7 By David Turner
WHO ARE THE WALKING DEAD?
Zombie is a term used to denote an animated corpse brought back to life by mystical means such as witchcraft. The term is often figuratively applied to describe a hypnotized person bereft of consciousness and self-awareness, yet ambulant and able to respond to surrounding stimuli.
Modern Version The monsters in modern films are usually hungry for human flesh (sometimes eating brains). Sometimes they are victims of a fictional pandemic (zombie apocalypse) illness (caused by a virus) causing the dead to reanimate.
Some Characteristics of Zombies They function: – To satisfy their apatite. – To make the living like themselves. They are insensitive to their surroundings – Voice of friendship, – Sound of Music, – The fragrance of a rose or lily
Fact The zombie is a myth, folklore, and for the most part fiction. The zombie apocalypse is also fiction.
The real “walking dead” But, The “walking dead” exist. They make up the majority of mankind. – They attempt to satisfy their fleshly lusts – They attempt to make the living like themselves – It’s sometimes hard to tell them apart from the living
They are all around us
Let’s see what the Bible says about the “Walking Dead”
We Were the “Walking Dead” Ephesians 2:1–4 (ESV) 2 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
We come into the world as “walking dead” 2 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, The Walking Dead virus started with Adam. Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— Place your picture here.
Characteristics of the “walking dead” following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— We do as the rest of the dead do We follow the leader of the dead (prince of the power of the air) We are incapable of obedience to the truth because we are sons of the Father of lies
The “walking dead” follow the flesh 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. We lived after the passions of the flesh Desires of the body and mind We do acts of wrath and are condemned to wrath. It is the condition of mankind
BUT WE WERE BROUGHT TO LIFE FROM THE SPHERE OF THE WALKING DEAD
Ephesians 2:4-7 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
God’s love overcomes death 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, We are brought to life out of an act of God’s love Mercy is shown to the Zombie (walking dead) by making them truly dead. God’s love and mercy to the “walking dead” is to make them truly alive.
God Brings Us to Life from the dead 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— The gift of God to the “walking dead” is to “live forever” with Christ.
The condition of the dead “A corpse is insensible. It sees not, and hears not, and feels not. The sound of music, and the voice of friendship and of alarm, do not arouse it. The rose and the lily breathe forth their fragrance around it, but the corpse perceives it not. The world is busy and active around it, but it is unconscious of it all. It sees no beauty in the landscape; hears not the voice of a friend; looks not upon the glorious sun and stars; and is unaffected by the running stream and the rolling ocean.
Condition of the “walking dead” So with the sinner in regard to the spiritual and eternal world. He sees no beauty in religion; he hears not the call of God; he is unaffected by the dying love of the Saviour; and he has no interest in eternal realities. In all these he feels no more concern, and sees no more beauty, than a dead man does in the world around him. Such is, in “fact,” the condition of a sinful world. There is, indeed, life, and energy, and motion. There are vast plans and projects, and the world is intensely active.
But in regard to religion, all is dead. The sinner sees no beauty there; and no human power can arouse him to act for God, anymore than human power can rouse the sleeping dead, or open the sightless eyeballs on the light of day. The same power is needed in the conversion of a sinner which is needed in raising the dead; and one and the other alike demonstrate the omnipotence of him who can do it.” Albert Barnes notes on Ephesians 2:1
God raised us from the dead 6 and (GOD) raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Baptism a picture of the “walking dead” coming to life Colossians 2:11–14 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
There will be no Zombie Apocalypse, but ….
There Will be an apocalypse The “walking dead” will rise up against the “living”. But, they that are alive in Christ will live forever while the “walking dead” will be judged with a second death.
Without the Son, we are the “Walking Dead” John 5:21–25 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. 22 The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. 25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.