Skip to main content

Ephesians 2:1-3: Spiritually Dead

Ephesians 2:1–3
[1] And you were dead in the trespasses and sins [2] in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—[3] among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind (ESV)

Many people do not fully understand what it means to be a Christian. They think that men are basically good.  And so, accepting Christ as their Savior is just a nice addition to a basically good life.  The Apostle Paul, writing to the church at Ephesus, describes things differently.  In our passage today, he describes our spiritual condition before Christ saved us.  He describes us as dead in our sins, following Satan, and children of wrath.  This condition is a universal condition of all mankind.

Let's briefly consider these three descriptions. First of all, we are dead.  Most people like to think that the good deeds that they do add up to them being a good person.  But, Paul says we are spiritually dead.  So, it really does not matter how good we look by our actions.  If we are dead, we cannot do anything that is spiritually alive, and therefore we cannot be right with God. Dead people are incapable of anything.  Can you do anything to make yourself alive?  Of course not.

Did you ever consider that before you met Jesus you were being led by Satan?  That sounds very extreme doesn't it?  And yet, Paul says that we were all following the prince of the power of the air, which is a description of Satan.  Satan leads us to do whatever our senses tell us.  Our society tells us to "follow our feelings." If it appeals to our senses we are told to pursue it.  From the Garden of Eden, Satan has been telling mankind to be led by our senses.

Thirdly, Paul says that were by nature children of wrath. This speaks directly to the lie that so many believe today which says that we are all basically good people.  No, we are all basically children of wrath.  Our nature is so sinful that it is deserving of the full, awful wrath of Almighty God.

One of my favorite quotes is this, "Jesus Christ did not come to make bad people good, but to make dead people alive."  I think the Apostle Paul would agree. 

If we know that those without Jesus are spiritually dead, led by Satan, and children of God's wrath how should we treat them?  Who do you know that fits this description?  Begin praying that God will make them alive?  Ask God to show you how to share his life-giving truth with others.


Popular posts from this blog

Romans 8:18: For I Consider That The Sufferings Of This Present Time Are Not Worth Comparing

Romans 8:18 [18] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (ESV) Perspective. What an important word. Let's be honest. We do not like the idea of suffering. We will do almost anything to avoid any kind of suffering. Some churches have gone so far as to preach against the idea of suffering, declaring it to not be a part of the true believer's life. Paul is not shy about the topic. Paul uses the sufferings of this present time as a means to consider the greater glory that awaits us. Perspective. Paul is not in any way attempting to diminish our suffering. A view toward eternity puts our suffering in a proper understanding. Yes, our suffering is terrible. In the grand scheme of eternity it is not even worth comparison. Maybe you are thinking that Paul does not know what he is talking about when it comes to suffering. In 2 Corinthians 11 Paul describes countless beatings, often near death,

Romans 15:22: This Is The Reason Why I Have So Often Been Hindered From Coming To You.

Romans 15:22 [22] This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. (ESV) Paul was quite the traveler. As an Apostle to the Gentiles his task was literally to take the Gospel to the entire known world at the time. Many of the Epistles that Paul writes are letters written to places where he has already been. He preached the Gospel, many were saved, churches were planted, and Paul moved on to a new area. Rome was a place that Paul had never been to. He writes this entire letter to people whom he had never met. As an Apostle to the Gentiles he wanted to give them the good solid teaching they needed to grow in their faith. Likely, someone who was converted on the Day of Pentecost went back to Rome and first shared the Gospel there. Paul says that he has been often hindered from coming to Rome. He could have argued that all kinds of circumstances would not permit him to get to Rome. Paul would not have blamed circumstances. He would have understood that it w

Romans 15:14: I Myself Am Satisfied About You, My Brothers

Romans 15:14 [14] I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. (ESV) The Apostle Paul was a strong man. His words to the churches in all of his letters are full of doctrinal truth and instruction that are not for the faint of heart. In this letter to the church at Rome he had to correct them in their understanding of how to deal with issues that could potentially divide them. Paul had never even been to Rome yet. He had not met these believers. Paul is telling the church at Rome in this verse that the reason they were able to receive his strong words was because of their spiritual maturity. He declares that they are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. This is an incredible compliment that Paul would not offer to every church. This concept of being filled with goodness and knowledge speaks of a group of believers who had listened to t