The Walking Dead
This title will make people think about the popular TV show about zombies, but that is not what I’m talking about. I’m not talking about people coming back from the dead or being revived like Frankenstein’s monster either. No, I’m referring to the billions of people who are not “born again” through faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior. So, you might ask, “why are you referring to them as ‘The Walking Dead?’” Well, because if you are not born again, you are spiritually dead. Therefore, spiritually, you are The Walking Dead. I will explain this further in the paragraphs below, so don’t stop here because your eternal life depends on it!!!
God’s Blessings on The Walking Dead
God, through common grace, blesses all of humanity. Whether they believe it or understand it. From the best of us to the worst of us, God is still always generous enough to provide for us. God delivers, moral inﬂuence on man to maintain order and civil righteousness. He gives nourishment, water, air to breath, compassion, generosity, kindness, love, life, and many other things. God provides these, whether you are a sinner or a saint. He provides it out of his love and generosity. You receive all of this from God, and He expects nothing in return because this is God’s “Common Grace.” So, you can receive common grace yet still be one of The Walking Dead. In other words, God will provide all of these things while you exist as a living being while you are also in a state of spiritual death.
How Can The Walking Dead Become Spiritually Alive?
You become spiritually alive in the demonstration and offer of salvation in Christ to sinners. First, there must be an earnest appeal to accept Christ by faith to obtain the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Being spiritually alive contains four essentials, namely, (1) A presentation of the gospel facts and ideas; (2) an invitation to believe in Jesus Christ; (3) an invitation to repent, and (4) the promise of forgiveness and salvation. The promise is always conditional. You can only expect fulﬁllment by way of true faith and repentance. The external call is universal in the sense that it comes to all men to whom the gospel is preached. It is not limited to any type of person and comes to the reprobate as well as to the elect, Isa. 45:22; Ezek. 3:19; Joel 2:32; Matt. 22:14; Rev. 22:17.
God calls sinners in good faith, who earnestly desire to accept the invitation, and in all sincerity, promises everlasting life to those who believe and repent. Ps. 81:13-16; Isa. 1:18-20; Ezek. 18:23, 32; 33:11; Mark 2:17.
No Longer The Walking Dead Because of Being Born Again
Jesus teaches that the “new birth” confronts us with our hopeless spiritual, moral, and legal condition of separation from God. Before the new birth happens, or before we are born again, we are spiritually dead. We are morally self-centered and rebellious against God. We are also legally guilty before God’s law and, therefore, under His wrath. When Jesus tells us that we must be born again, he is telling us that our present condition is hopeless, self-centered, corrupt, and guilty.
John 1:13 emphasizes that those “who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the ﬂesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” God causes the new birth, not us. Peter agrees, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again” (1 Pet. 1:3). We are not the authors of our salvation. We are merely the recipients if we believe and accept Christ as Lord and Savior.
Apart from God, we are spiritually dead in our selﬁshness and rebellion. We are by our nature, children of wrath (Eph. 2:3). Our rebellion keeps us from a desire to accept the gospel of Christ (2 Cor. 4:4). Therefore, if we are going to be born again, we will ultimately rely on God. We spiritual corpses simply accept and respond to God’s grace, making us alive through the new birth. Or, by being born again.
The Result of Being Born Again
Forgiveness and cleansing are not enough. You need to be a new creature. You need a new way of seeing and thinking that guides your values. That’s why Ezekiel speaks of a new heart and a new spirit in verses 26–27: “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your ﬂesh and give you a heart of ﬂesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.” God puts supernatural, living, spiritual life in our heart, and that new life or that new spirit is the working of the Holy Spirit himself, giving shape and character to our new heart. Your heart’s desire becomes obeying God’s will instead of your own.
You Don’t Have to be a Dead Person Walking
You can be alive in Christ through the new birth. You can be born again spiritually, filled with the Holy Spirit, and receive eternal life. You simply have to believe in the Jesus of the Bible. I specified “the Jesus of the Bible” because there are a lot of false teachings that present a false Christ in the world today. So, you must believe in the Jesus Christ of the Bible. Because, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Therefore, believe, repent, and be born again! Because that is the only way, The Walking Dead can be born again unto life eternal through Christ Jesus, our Lord.
The Walking Dead
If you have determined in your heart that you might be one of these Walking Dead, please visit my Salvation Page for further instruction, or feel free to contact me. I’ll walk you through it all and answer your questions to the best of my ability.