Summary: Paul has just finished his fit of praise for God’s wonderful heavenly blessings. We find that our identity is sealed in Christ. We also find that we are rich and God His power to work in us. In Chapter two we find the solution to mans situation -- sin.
Intro: I logged onto the internet on my wife’s computer Friday to find the threes company star Suzanne Somers was on the Oprah Winfrey show. She was talking to Oprah and her audience about how hormone replacement therapy had helped here defeat the monster of menopause. If I remember correctly she said that if more people were hormonally balanced the world would be a better place.
What is really wrong with her thinking? It is like attacking wrinkles with a facelift, belly fat with liposuction, a child’s anger and lack of attention with pills. It is attacking the symptoms and not the underlying situation.
What we find in Ephesians 2 is a continuation of Paul’s principles of our identity. Instead of attacking the symptoms in Paul’s straight forward way he goes right to the condition that has caused mans present situation. Statistics say that one in one die. There is no treatment that humans have come up with that can stop this condition.
Paul had just finished talking about the power of God in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and His ascension into heaven. We see why that power has to be supernaturally applied to your life and mine.
I. The situation
A) Dead in trespasses and sin (2.1)
This condition is not something that suddenly afflicts us as people. Since the fall of man every person born is dead spiritually. There is a disconnect from God that cannot be repaired by man. If you have not placed you faith, you confidence, your trust in Jesus you are lifeless toward God. What is the cause of the disconnect between God and man? Sin! God told Adam and Eve in Genesis in the day you eat of it you will die. However they both lived for many years after their first disobedience. They were now disconnected from God. Here is a news flash we are not sinners because we sin! We sin because we are born sinners. We come into the world spiritually disconnected. (Don’t believe me fill a room with 2 to 5 year olds place toys in the mix and give it ten minutes. You will believe in the sinful nature of man)
What you find Paul saying is that those dead to God are dominated by other sources.
1) Dominated by the world system
“In which you formerly walked according to the course of this world.” 2.2
The word walked here means to make ones way or to progress. It is Probably Paul using a Hebrew way of saying to live. If you are dead to God you live for this world only.
If you are dominated by the world you thinking and living will be controlled by it.
What does the world value? Things. What does God value? People. What does the world value power, what does God value people. What does the world value prestige what does God value people. Don’t be surprised when people disconnected from God think like the world.
2) Dominated by Satan
The world system screams there is no God but the devil seduces us to reject God. It doesn’t matter what it is the devil will whisper sweet nothings to you to get you to stay disconnected from God.
3) Dominated by self (flesh)
The world screams to drown out God, the devil seduces away from god, but the flesh (your inner desires, drives) will shove you to sin. We are so easily corrupted from the outside because without Christ we are already corrupt inside.