We all have had friends and family members who we are very fearful that they are not members of God’s family. We think that there is no hope for them as they may well be beyond hope and no use for us to witness to especially in the way we live our lives. We look at this situation as a total impossibility. How someone who is totally dead is their trespasses and sin become alive again? Let us look at the word of God.
Ezekiel 37:1-10 (NASB)
1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones.
2 He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry.
3 He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?" And I answered, "O Lord GOD, You know."
4 Again He said to me, "Prophesy over these bones and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.'
5 "Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, 'Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life.
6 ~'I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the LORD.'"
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone.
8 And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them.
9 Then He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life."'"
10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
To understand this properly we MUST know the doctrine of the total depravity of man. We are totally dead just like anyone residing in an old cemetery. To believe anything less than this is to be unfaithful to the Scriptures.
Ephesians 2:1-10 (NASB)
1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,
2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
So we can see from these passages that we are like a valley of dead rotted bones. EVERYONE is in this state. So how can we ever be saved if we are dead and unable to respond?
It is by no other means than to preach, teach and live the Word to everyone we meet and especially our family and friends. We must cry out to God to change their hearts so they are able to respond. Do we make crying out in fervent prayer a critical part of our spreading the good news or do we hope that our cunning words will bring the dead to life? We can do NOTHING without Christ but with him, we can do anything such as bringing dead bones back to life. This should not only be our following of the great commission but our sincere desire to please our Creator and Sustainer
It really can be possible to bring the dead back to life and it seems in every true conversion in ones who become God’s children