What does it mean to be spiritually dead?
Did you know that you were born into this world spiritually dead in need of life?
Most people do not know this. This happened when Adam disobeyed God's one and only command "If you eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you will surely die" (Genesis 2:17). Adam didn't die physically that day since he went on to live 930 years. He died spiritually. The life of God which Adam was created with left him and spiritual death had been passed down to every human being, except for Jesus Christ. Jesus came to reverse the curse and offer new life to anyone who believes in Him.
Your Old Identity
For in Adam all die, but in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:22
According to 1 Corinthians 15:22 what are the 2 types of people in this world?
What is the destiny of all who are “in Adam”?
What is the destiny of all who are “in Christ”?
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned…Romans 5:12
How did sin enter the world?
What else came through Adam? To how many people?
Your New Identity
Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. John 5:24
What is the result of believing in Jesus?
Will you be judged as a condemned sinner?
Rather, what have you crossed over from?
Is this new life eternal or temporal?
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
If you are in Christ, what have you become?
What happened to the old you?
What is the old referring to?
What is the new referring to?
For you were once in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord, Live as children of light. Ephesians 5:8
Where did you live prior to being born again?
What are we now?
How then, should we live?
MORE ABOUT OUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST
You Are Completely Forgiven
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14
What has God rescued us from?
What has God brought us in to?
When did this forgiveness occur?
Is forgiveness already ours or must we ask for them on a daily basis?
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the law, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:13-14
Again, how were you born into this world?
What has God made you when you believed?
How many of your sins are forgiven? Some or all?
What did God cancel which was against us?
Where was the law nailed to?
But he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Hebrews 9:26
How many times will Christ appear?
For how many people?
What did Christ do away with?
How did He do it?
You Are Completely Righteous
For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith. Romans 1:16-17
What is revealed in the gospel?
How do we become righteous? By faith or by obedience to the law?
But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. Romans 3:21-23
Who testified about God's righteousness?
Is this referring to self righteousness or God's imputed righteousness?
How is righteousness given to us?
Who is given to?
What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. Philippians 3:8-9
Why did Paul say it was OK to have lost all the things in his life?
Paul said he gave up self-righteousness for what?
How do we become right with God?
You are Completely Holy and Blameless
But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation….Colossians 1:22
How were you reconciled to God?
Are you now holy in God's sight?
Are you now without blemish and free from accusation?
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. Ephesians 1:4
If you are in Christ and Christ is in you, how does God see you?
Read Ephesians 6:10-17
Why should we put on the full armor of God? Verse 11 and 13
Describe what Paul means by putting on the full armor of God.
Do these things seem offensive or defensive?
What is the only offensive thing we have?
What is the sword of the Spirit?