In studying Ephesians 2, as mentioned here, I am going to incorporate scripture and zombies [For real! No joke!] and here is why: To read we were dead in sin, as a believer we "get it." This dead/alive concept is easy to gloss over, as we know and easily recognize this pertains to a spiritual life. Yet, if I did not believe what I believe (the Bible as truth) this would throw me off, because it is obvious that I am alive. I walk, talk, act, and think. If I did not believe what I believe, this would trip me up and would make me lose interest in the remainder of the scripture.
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Ephesians 2:1-3 -
"As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath."
Zombie is defined here as:
Combined:"the body of a dead person given the semblance of life, but mute and will-less, by a supernatural force, usually for some evil purpose."
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins (the body of a dead person given the semblance of life), in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world (mute and will-less) and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. (by a supernatural force) All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts (usually for some evil purpose).
The Bible tells us we are born into a broken world spiritually separated from God. While it appears we have life--we walk, talk, act, think--we are spiritually dead and disconnected from our source of life. We are like zombies, giving a semblance of life.
It's only through Christ we are spiritually alive, no longer mute or will-less. We have greatness to proclaim and mighty purpose! Life is no longer all about us, but all about something extravagant, impactful, and full of transformation. The fact that this is even possible is the mind boggling part. But God graciously extended this opportunity of new life to undeserved zombie-like folks out of pure, unadulterated, genuine love.
I'm certainly not the first to compare Life in Christ and Zombies, here is a song by Family Force Five.
If anything, I hope this post broadens your view, gives you another perspective, or even makes an impact for life in Christ.
What do you think?
Too far fetched?
While zombies are all the craze now, it is my hope that reading this, you will be reminded of Christ, what He did for you, and how new life awaits or has already be generously gifted to you.