Have you or some of your friends ever gone out in a cemetery and yelled and begged the dead to raise from the grave? Did you tell those within the graves if they try hard enough that they could rise up from their current condition? I am guessing that you haven’t because it is absurd to think that it is possible. Those in the grave are physically dead. There is no life in them.
One day we will be in such a cemetery because we all are going to physically die. It’s not popular to teach but we are promised it even before man’s disobedience.
The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17
Because of the “Fall of man” (Gen 3) everyone will physically die, but because of the fall, each one is born spiritually dead.
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, Ephesians 2:1
If man is “spiritually dead” how can he try hard enough or do enough good to come spiritually alive. He can’t. If he is dead; he is unable to do anything. It would be like the idea I mentioned of going to the cemetery and yelling and begging those within the grave to come to life. It is not possible. There is no life in them.
We have barely started our study in Romans and it is seen that everyone one knows there is a God and each one is without excuse (1:20). God’s wrath is being poured out on all because there is no one righteous and no one who seeks after God (1:18; 3:10-11). We are even enemies of God because there is no life in us (5:10).
So it almost doesn’t seem fair. We know there is a God but we are unrighteous and spiritually dead; we don’t even care to pursue Him because we are happy to be an enemy of God.
That describes “spiritually dead: pretty well. There is nothing good within us and we were destined to stay in that hopeless state unless God does something. Which He did.
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8
God made the first move towards us because we are unable to impart life in our spiritually dead state. God gives spiritual life to us through our belief in Christ and His finished work on the cross.
Physical and spiritual death cannot be avoided, but not to leave you hopeless; there is a third death called eternal death that can be avoided. Eternal death is separation from God for ever. Without Christ, each one is destined to an eternal death, but because of Christ’s finished work on the cross this death can be avoided.
Only God can give life to the dead (4:17). The life He gives is abundant life (John 10:10). This life is given for us to enjoy eternally. Starting with a newness of life here on earth (Rom 6:4) and continuing on through eternity in God’s presence as we glorify Him.
I want to encourage you to know this Life that I speak about.
Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him. Romans 6:8-9