Posted by: William | November 20, 2007

Night of the Living Sinner

            When was the last time you watched a zombie movie? Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Resident Evil, 28 Days/Weeks Later; the list goes on and on really. Why is it that in these movies we never see a zombie reason out whether or not it’s a good idea to go sink his teeth into his wife? Or why doesn’t he ever consider the consequences of running at the person holding the shot-gun? Why are they always shoving other zombies away to get a bite of that fresh kill; I mean, what ever happened to manners? No, they can’t, they’re dead. There is no use in reasoning with the dead man. He’s dead and there’s only one thing he wants now: your warm living human flesh.

            In Ephesians 2:1, Paul says, “You were dead in your trespasses and sins.” Or in other words, you were zombies in the spirit; the walking dead; going about all day, every day without concern for the consequences of your actions and decisions, concerned for one thing only, the burning desire to fill your stomach with unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil, envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice and gossip (Romans 1:29). Paul himself admits he was once too a zombie when he says, he too “formerly lived in the lust of our flesh, indulging in the desires of the flesh and of the mind.” From birth we were born into sin and were by our very “nature children of wrath” (Ephesians 2:3) bound for eternal destruction.

            But God, “being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,” brought us to life; but not by our power or ability, but by His. If there were a cure found for the zombies, what good would it be for the one with the cure to reason with them to receive treatment? It would be no good at all. The zombie must first be subdued, then given the cure. It is the same with God; we were subdued by God who “made us alive together with Christ” (Ephesians 2:5).

            As I was reading from Ephesians 2 today, this truth rested on me: I did not choose Him, but He chose me (John 15:16). I was a zombie, unreasonable in every respect, but while still a zombie, He subdued me and brought me to life again (Romans 5:8). What is more, there is no sense in the zombie saying, “look, what a man I am, I was dead but have risen.” In the same way, as we have risen, the praise and affection are given to God; for our resurrection was to “show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:7). Praise be to God! How foolish would it be for me to think myself something for having come back to life!

            We still live this day in a world laden with zombies; we have been sent as workers into the field, not to convince dead men to do what is not within their ability, but to be an agent by which God might subdue them and raise them back to life! I pray that by my life and yours in this world God would subdue many dead men and raise them to life. Lets join our prayers together to pray for God to change in men what they cannot change in themselves; life.

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  1. yay! Bill is on wordpress!

  2. Loved this post.


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