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Are you Nothing But Bones?
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins…. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)… Ephesians 2:1,4,5
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross… Colossians 2:13,14
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 1 Peter 2:24
The Bible says that, when we were without Christ, we were dead. And yet, while we were dead, He loved us. Have you ever thought about the picture of that? Kinda creepy, right? Picture a guy hugging a corpse! But isn’t that essentially what He did?
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
I love Lauren Daigle’s song “Come Alive,” especially the line “We call out to dry bones ‘Come alive, come alive.’ We call out to dead hearts ‘Come alive, come alive.'” The basis for this song is out of Ezekiel 37, where God in a vision brought dead skeletons back to life.
To hear this song, click here.
Now I know that the context of this passage is for the Jewish nation, but I believe we can take another application from some of these verses, as they give us a word picture for principles that are spread throughout the Bible.
When we were dead in sin, when we were skeletons, God loved us anyway. But read Ezekiel 37: 5,6.
Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: and I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.
First He breathes life into the bones.
We could see this as Christians as the moment of our salvation, when God breathed into us the life we have in Christ, which was mentioned in the verses earlier in this post.
But then they received sinews ~ tendons, muscles, ligaments ~ and then finally skin.
Are you nothing but bones?
Have you received His breath of life, but will not allow God to take you beyond the bones? Did you enjoy death so much? Because when you cling to the world, that is what you are doing. You are embracing and holding on to death. Cover those bones! Let God have His way in your heart! Forsake the decay! Or maybe…
Are you covered with sinews, but lacking your skin?
The muscles are the working parts. They are the movers, the practical, the important doctrines that are the basis of our faith and give that body the ability to go and do what God wants them to do. Who needs more than that?
Ummm, do you think someone without skin is attractive?
Because, uh, I don’t. ;D
Isn’t skin superficial? Isn’t skin just window-dressing? It doesn’t really matter right?
Skin and hair, and color, and shape, is what gives beauty to that body.
Are you allowing God not just to grow you in the deep doctrines, but in the beauty, and glory, and exquisite joy that He can give?
That same skin that makes a body beautiful keeps out disease.
All that “superficial, unnecessary” beauty of worship and joy and grace of emotions are one of the ways that God keeps us from the disease of the world. When we are missing out on the fun, enjoyable side of God, we either end up in one of two places: anxious, stressed, and depressed, or turning to the world for your pleasure.
Won’t you let Him make life a thing of joy for you? Joy, peace, and love are fruits of the Spirit after all.
What does this mean for other people?
Grace, and more grace. Because we’re all in a different stage of getting our bodies put on! To read more about giving others grace, read here.
THE BEST PART OF ALL:::::
Someday Christ will embrace His bride in her wholeness. Isn’t that amazing?! She’ll have all her muscles, and skin, and hair, and eyelashes…right down to her toenails painted 😉 He’ll no longer have to love a lifeless pile of bones.