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.
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.
• 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.
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.
• However it was God’s mercy and great love that compelled Him to do this, and it was nothing on our part or because goodness was found in us, John 3:16-17 tells us about that love.
John 3:16-17 -- 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
• While God loves all His creation that does not mean that all will receive mercy and grace only those who come to God with repentance, receiving the forgiveness of sin through Christ’s shed blood.
2. God’s Miracle (5)
• “even when we were dead in trespasses.”