I don’t watch horror movies but no one can escape the “trailers” for them on T.V. I had an occasion to be amongst my adult children today and I asked for the definition for the word Zombie. “The living dead” was the reply. As I pondered the answer it occurred to me that is an apt definition of an Unbeliever.
You see our father Adam broke God’s law…
but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (Genesis 2:17 NIV)
… and suffered the penalty, translated from the Greek “die the death.” Expanding on that translation: physical death leads to, a place, The Second Death. Until approximately 2016 years ago everyone who physically died, went to The Death.
As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; (Romans 3:10 NIV)
The Death up until that date had two places within it. One place is called Hades. It housed everyone who DID NOT do as God had instructed everyone to do to escape The Second Death: a blood sacrifice of a perfect specimen to COVER his or her sins. They went to Hades. Those who DID sacrifice to cover their sins went to Paradise.
“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20 At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21 and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ 25 “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ (Luke 16:19-26 NIV)
The rich man is in Hades. Lazarus is in Paradise.
Jesus Christ, God the Son, changed that. He became The Sacrifice to End ALL Sacrifices. The Sacrifice validated all the Old Testament sacrifices. (John 1:1-4, 14) They were resurrected to The Kingdom of Heaven.
Back to the Zombies. 2016 years ago The Solution for The Death was established: The Blood of Jesus Christ. All that has to be done is ACCEPT THAT payment for your sins.
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (John 3:18 NIV)
Those who DO NOT accept that payment are Zombies: the walking dead! When they physically die they will go to Hades.
Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. (Revelation 20:14 NIV)
I, on the other hand, have been credited with both deaths. The difference is I was resurrected from The Death 2016 years ago because I Believed. (The most important word in the Bible) Notice the absence of Paradise in Revelation 20:14.
I am among The WALKING ALIVE. While the UnBeliever who has not died yet physically is among The Walking Dead! Zombies!