Of first importance. A reminder….

We who are alive in God through Christ Jesus tend to easily forget that those who have yet to be “born again” are dead spiritually. I think that this happens for several reasons. One is that we of course are in this physical existence and we tend to see only that. We tend to think in human terms. We see the person in front of us as alive, yet all the time we are talking to a spiritually dead person. Now of course, if all we are talking about is things of the natural, it is no big deal. But, if we are sharing anything spiritual, we must first be reminded of what kind of condition the person in front of us may be in.

Many of us spent countless hours trying to convince them why they need God. From an intellectual standpoint of view, this may sound like the approach that we must always take. If we have been “born of the Spirit” and the Spirit is leading us in conversation to talk in generality, that’s one thing. But, after a few minutes we must be reminded of what we are dealing with. The main importance must continually be in view. And what might that be? It is that the dead person cannot understand until they come alive. Not until the “light of the glorious gospel should shine upon them”.

Wait a minute!

Was the gospel ever shared with this person? Did we at all remember the key to them being able to “see?” Did we just continue talking to them as if they understood?

We all must be continually reminded that a dead person does not see while dead. It is impossible. Along with that is the fact that one also does not “hear” unless they are alive. I am not trying to be “funny” here, but have you ever went to a graveyard and sat down next to a tombstone and tried to convince them to come alive by talking about everything that has nothing to do with the gospel? The same would be true with a person who is alive physically, but yet dead spiritually.

Here are some important scriptures to help remind us of this very important fact.

First, I believe that Jesus’ account of the story of Nicodemus is of extreme importance. And why might that be? Because of the little three letter word “see” found in John 3:3. Its Greek meaning has to do with “to know, be aware of, knowledge, perceive, understand”.

The natural man cannot receive anything of the Spirit. See 1Cor.2:14.

Keeping in mind that the spiritually dead cannot understand, we must also be reminded that they are blind. Spiritually dead and spiritually blind are one of the same. Those who are “perishing” are dead. There is a “veil” upon their eyes so that they cannot “see”. This can only be removed by the “gospel of Christ”. This is also a good reminder that we should not “preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord”. See 2Cor.4:3-5.

Spiritually dead and “blindness of heart” are also one of the same. Understanding comes from the heart. The unconverted heart, the unregenerate heart, is blind. By this, the mind and its understanding is blind also. See Eph.4:17-18.

The unsaved, the unregenerate, “walk about in darkness”. The darker the heart, the more they walk in darkness, and the darker it gets. But yet, always being reminded that any heart that has not been made new is dark.

This whole teaching about “hearing, seeing, understanding and perceiving” goes way back to the time of the old prophets. Jesus and the apostle Paul also taught from their teachings.

The spiritually dead can hear, but its only physical hearing. They cannot “understand”. They also can see physically, but not spiritually. They cannot “perceive”. See Isaiah 6:9-10. Jeremiah 5:21. Ezek.12:2. Jesus in Matt.13:14-15, Mk.4:12, Lk.8:10, Jn.12:40-41. The Apostle Paul in Romans 11:8.

In closing, my hearts desire is that we would all be reminded of the great need to share the true gospel of Christ Jesus so that the person, or persons that we are brought to, might be made alive and thus be able to “see, understand and hear”. Oh yeah, less I forget, they also cannot “enter” unless they are “born of the Spirit” (see Jn.3:5)Image

God bless you as you go out!

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