For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
1 Corinthians 15:22
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins.
Mannequins have always have had a odd effect on me– somewhat similar to clowns (which really make me uneasy.) I also had a small artist’s mannequin–it was flexible and the theory was you could pose it. And of course there is the story of Pinocchio, a puppet who became a boy (I wonder if he regarded “toothpicks” as his cousins? LOL)
The Bible uses this imagery to explain exactly what happens when we first believe. His Spirit works on us, or in us, to bring us back to life. Talking with any sincere Christian and they’ll describe their repentance/conversion using a remarkable metaphor–resurrection of the dead! Now that is dramatic.
We the “cast-off” mannequins have suddenly come to life. We understand things from a revolutionary new way. Jesus has worked and crafted his new children and brought them to life. The Holy Spirit has done something so radical that it defies any explanation except through the Word.
Life is so very different now. I see it through new eyes. I am no longer seeking to be energized by drugs, alcohol or a selfish lifestyle. The emptiness of that past life no longer disturbs me.
I still have problems. There are difficult issues of depression and BP that challenge me. Somedays I can’t get out of bed and life is hopeless. Meds help me work through this black mood. I pray and worship and I am lifted up from my dark pit. Friends who understand are a blessing.
But this wonderfully radical truth of coming to life is by far-and-away the most awesome thing that has ever happened to me. I was like that mannequin in the mall, vacant and empty. Not alive. But Jesus touched me, and now I live.
“It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!”
Romans 8:11-12, The Message
Mannequin logic can only be understood when the Holy Spirit moves in!
- The Importance Of Our Resurrection (pastorpaulvbsblog.blogspot.com)
- Rise In The Name of Jesus! (seashoremary.wordpress.com)