Thursday, May 7, 2009


Eph. 2:1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 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. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

I used to walk around this world with this attitude that it was everyone against me. That to get anywhere, you had to fight, but I had no desire to fight. I had nothing in me. I was emptied out and dead. I just didn't know it yet. I hadn't yet been opened to the state of my being, the fact that inside, I was killed the day I emerged from the womb. The sin of the entire world had saturated me like it does every breathing individual. I guess the anger stemmed from the frustration one gets when they can't see in the dark, but are forced to walk in it. I ran into a lot of things. I fill myself with all that medicates us, going from one substance to another, from one infatuation to another on an endless search for something better. I didn't find it. I never recovered. I died more everyday.

I think that is what makes God so amazing. I was dead in my sin, and he made me alive for the first time on this earth. He gave me some light, not full out spotlights on where to go, but enough light to see in what direction He was. Sin still has it's way of dimming that light until we are perfected.

I was bitten, then reanimated. In reverse Zombie order. A zombie is a person who is alive, then bitten, then dead, then undead. I was dead, then alive. This is all that matters to me. God's power to resurrect the dead. To repair what needs to be repaired, not just what I want to be repaired.

Argue all you want about the things that don't matter about God. I will stand on the resurrecting power of Christ, which incidentally is what Paul did when he came preaching the Good News of Jesus. He spoke of what he knew. That Jesus was God: Dead, now alive, and offers life. That is what he knew. That is all I really know. I have studied the Bible diligently for the last 12 years. I have studied Greek, I have attended Christian college, I have heard most theologies and arguments. I still know only what God has done for me. The rest is great to show us more about God, but doesn't the fact that God repairs mean more than any argument or dogma?


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