The following notes are from the Sunday morning sermon at Pioneer Bible Church on June 26, 2022.
Last week we saw three points:
- Spiritual death is the past reality for believers in Jesus Christ
- Spiritual death is the present reality for everyone who is not trusting in Jesus Christ
- Spiritual death is the absence of God’s life
This week we will see the following three points:
1. Spiritual death is the reality of human nature apart from Christ
- “you were dead in trespasses and sins”
- “by nature children of wrath”
- Psalm 51:5 – “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
2. Spiritual death is the reality of human nature in union to Adam
- “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned”— (Romans 5:12; see also Genesis 2:16-17, 3:8)
- “Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.” (Romans 5:18 ESV)
3. Spiritual death is bondage to Satan
- “following the course of this world”
- “following the prince of the power of the air”
- “spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience”
- Colossians 1:13-14 – “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
- Unsaved humanity’s relationship to Satan is described as a parent-child relationship in Scripture:
- Matthew 13:38 – “The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one…”
- 1 John 3:10 says that we can distinguish who is a child of God and who is a child of the devil by what they do – righteousness versus unrighteousness. This is not because works save. Instead, the nature is the driving force behind the action.
- John 8:44 – “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires.”
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