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Summary: God brings us from being spiritually dead, unable and unwilling to help ourselves. But God not only made us alive but gave us an inheritance beyond description.

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Series: Ephesians: How To Walk God’s Trail

Text: Ephesians 2:1-7

Title: “Made Alive In Christ”

I. What We Were (1-3)

• “And you...who were dead”

o What does it mean when the Bible says we were dead?

o Dead is an interesting word, while it does mean “without life” it also means “useless,” “ineffective,” or “powerless.”

o What Paul is saying is that apart from Christ, which is living for ourselves, we are of no use to God and we are powerless to do anything about it  which is much like being dead.

• However Paul goes on to tell us why we are spiritually dead.

• “in trespasses and sins,”

o Trespasses and sins, Paul is not just saying the same thing in two different ways.

o Trespasses has to do with our actions (our disobedience to God), while sin refers to our condition or state of being; by nature we are sinners.

o The question has been asked do we sin because we are sinners or are we sinners because we sin. The answer in short is yes!

Romans 5:12 -- 12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—

• Have you heard the term “Dead Man Walking”?  because of our sin we are physically alive but spiritually dead to God.

Vv. 2-3

• Our state of being spiritually dead to God resulted in living a life of disobedience that was offensive to God but pleasing to Satan.

• All this is rooted in a single cause  “fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind.”

o Another way to say it is we do what is right in our own eyes, which the Bible clearly speaks out against.

Deuteronomy 12:8 -- 8 “You shall not do at all what we are doing here today, every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes;

Judges 17:6 -- 6 In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.

Proverbs 12:15 -- 15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.

• We are guilty of this all the time with how we raise our kids, how we treat our spouse, our commitment to church, even in our worship of God; we just kind of do things our own way, mixing a little of biblical truth, with worldly wisdom and our own motivations.

• By that Paul says we are “by nature children of wrath.”

II. What We Are (What We Could Be) (4-5)

• “But God”  we were dead, living a life only to please ourselves and our own desires, unwilling and unable to save ourselves.

Vv. 4-5

1. God’s Motivation (4)

• His mercy and His great love, and where God’s mercy and love come together we find God’s grace.

• It’s important to note that God does not just turn a blind eye to our sin; He can’t because He is a God of justice and righteousness.

• It is only because He found a suitable substitute who took our place and the punishment we deserved, that is His Son Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 53:6, 11-12 -- 6 All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.

11 As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.


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