Vital Signs Of Life
Physically speaking, there are definite vital signs of life. If those signs of life are absent, the person is dead. That in turn will lead to tissue decay, rigor mortis and a drop in body temperature. On the other hand, if the person is alive, the vital signs will indicate life. Such vital signs include a heart beat, blood pressure and breathing.
Spiritual Vital Signs
Just like there are vital signs in the natural, spiritual vital signs also exist! If a person has eternal life he also has been set free from his sin addictions (Rom. 6:22) and found rest for his soul (Mt. 11:29). If that did previously describe you, but no longer does, you are no longer saved (2 Pet. 2:20-22). Also, if one is alive in Christ he will have the Holy Spirit within his physical body. That makes his body the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16,17) and he is a person with holy interests, as described in the Bible. In fact, he will love God’s word and feed off of it (Mt. 4:4). Furthermore, since the words of our mouth reflect our heart (Mt. 12:34), a person who is alive in Christ will speak about spiritual matters. His ambitions will be geared to the will of God. In fact, his whole life centers around God and doing his will first. Such a person has counted the cost to be the Lord’s disciple (Luke 14:26-33) and is paying it. It will be apparent he is, especially in our dark antichrist society, because his spiritual light will be shining. Because he is alive in Christ, his godly living will bring on persecution from the children of the devil. He will also love the Christian brotherhood (1 John 3:14).
Just like physical death, spiritual death also occurs to righteous people who turn to evil (Ezek. 18:24; 33:18; etc.). If that happens to a person once saved, that backslider is then likened to a dog that returns to its vomit. Just as tragedies in the natural occur, spiritual tragedies also occur. Hence, we are repeatedly warned about different dangers, including hell, and told to be afraid (Rom. 11:20) and keep our lamps burning. To disregard such wholesome advice is to invite trouble and death. QUESTION: Are you NOW displaying those vital signs of being alive in Christ? If you are alive spiritually, people around you will know it, just like in the natural! Both types of heart disease is apparent – the natural and spiritual!