Ephesians 2:1-2a

In Ephesians 2:1-2a Paul begins by continuing his thoughts on Jesus and His authority and place not only in the church, but as ruler of the universe seated at God’s right hand. He reminds the church that they are dead in their sin without Jesus. That’s the reality of where they have come from. “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked….” It’s incorrect to assume that being dead describes every aspect of being unsaved. Scripture refers to the condition of the lost in these ways:

  • Blind (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
  • A slave to sin (Romans 6:17)
  • A lover of darkness (John 3:19-20)
  • Sick (Mark 2:17)
  • Lost (Luke 15)
  • An alien, a stranger, a foreigner (Ephesians 2:12, 2:19)
  • A child of wrath (Ephesians 2:3)
  • Under the power of darkness (Colossians 1:13)

So in some ways someone who has not addressed their sin is spiritually dead, but in other ways they are still clinging to life. That is why we should never give up sharing the Good News of Jesus as long as anyone has breath. Wood explained “The most vital part of man’s personality – the spirit – is dead to the most important factor in life – God.” And as long as there is any life remaining, we need to point people to Jesus and His saving grace that was created through His shed blood on the Cross. It’s never too late to share Jesus with a sinner. And we need to keep proclaiming that truth until there is no more breath.

The word ‘trespasses’ means that we have crossed a line, challenging God’s boundaries. The idea behind the word ‘sins’ is that we have missed a mark, the perfect standards of God. Stott explained further “Trespasses speaks of man as a rebel, sins speaks of man as a failure. Before God we are both rebels and failures.” The bottom line is that we’re doomed without dealing with our trespasses and sin. God cannot overlook that. His standard is set and we can’t meet it on our own – no matter how hard or how long we try. We will fall short and come face to face with that reality on judgment day. It’s going to lead to eternal separation from God if we don’t deal with sin before we stand before God on judgment day.

As humans we tend to walk in trespasses and sin with a lot of help from our enemy, Satan. He’s still very active in doing all he can to make sure we continue the ways ‘in which you one walked’. But Paul is reminding us that as Christ followers, that should no longer be the way we live. Guzik explained “A dead man feels comfortable in his coffin; but if he were to be made alive again, he would instantly feel suffocated and uncomfortable. There would be a strong urge to escape the coffin and leave it behind. In the same way, when we were spiritually dead we felt comfortable in trespasses and sins; but having come to new life we feel we must escape that coffin and leave it behind.” Have you changed your walk to do it only with Jesus?

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