Dead People Talk


Contrary to what people may think, dead people talk.  I believe Bones, the popular comedy-drama TV show, might even confirm this. Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan, the title character of this show, is a forensic anthropologist who has the gift of finding clues leading to the cause of death. Simply put, by studying the rotten flesh, decaying muscle and injured bones of corpses, she is aided in discovering clues and gathering information. This character hears the language of those that are deceased. She hears the bones’ whispered clues, sees the evidence to which they point and scream out. And all that comes neatly packaged in one hour segment with the perfect conclusion.  The bottom line is, “these bones can talk” - they talk in such a way that Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan can hear and solve the crime.

In biblical times, dead people talked too.  Most often, these dead people were ones that Jesus encountered during his three years of ministry.  There are two kinds of dead people Jesus encountered when he walked the earth and both categories talked. 

There were:

• Those that are alive physically, but full of a dead man’s bones spiritually

• Those that are dead in trespasses and sins, but made alive again in Christ

The first group of dead people Jesus addressed was the religious leaders – The very people who should have been alive, but instead truly exhibited spiritual death and were walking and talking dead men. The ironic thing is that these individuals did not even realize they were dead.  How blind is that?  Jesus challenged these dead people with merciful efforts and desires for them to come alive with life in Him, but they refused to see the error of their ways and turn. Instead, they spent time collaborating, conspiring and plotting strategic plans to destroy Christ. These dead people did this by spending their hours talking about and coming against an innocent man.

After Jesus’ months and years of teaching, they still did not listen, but instead, with heated debates, plotted attempts to trick and set Him up. Things finally came to a head and Jesus didn’t hold back, but declared to these religious leaders, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.”  Jesus declared these people who were full of breath at that moment, as dead men full of dead bones. Their behavior alone reeked of the language that gave away the motives of corrupt hearts.  Yes, these bodies and bones were dead, yelling out the cause of their death based of the actions that accomplished the motives of their souls.

The other type of dead people who talked were those that Apostle Paul refers to in the book of Ephesians. Those that are called saints, with overflowing blessings of grace, peace and spiritual blessings poured out upon them. These people who were dead are now alive through Christ.  Paul says, “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins 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. 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.” 

Paul first describes the dead state of these individuals, then immediately speaks of the life in Christ by saying, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ.”

Riches that await Dead People

1) Christ by grace you have been saved

2) Raised us up with Him (Christ)

3) Seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. 

Dead People Praise

So not only do these dead people talk, but they are rejoicing, singing and praising God for the incredible blessings.  Not only are we alive, but we have an abundant of riches that awaits us in heavenly places

1) But you are A CHOSEN RACE,

2) A royal PRIESTHOOD,



5) so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light


1) What type of dead person are you? 

2) Would you choose to obtain eternal life and gather riches forever?

Then, seek Jesus, the One that can turn a dead man’s talk into glorious praise.

Scripture References: Matthew 23:27; Ephesians 2:1-10; I Peter 2:9

About the Author

Simone Lake is a pastor’s wife and full-time minister, serving in various areas. Her primary areas include Bible teacher and conference speaker (both in the U.S. and internationally). In addition, she writes devotional articles in several publications, is a short-term missionary, author, prayer leader, Bible mentor and chaplain. She holds a master’s degree in theological studies and attends Church on Randall Place where she serves in various capacities alongside her pastor husband. Simone and her husband enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking the Grand Canyon, mountain bike riding and walking their Border collie dog, Scout.


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