Summary: We need to be reminded of our past so we can live out our present and future. Here Paul paints a picture of our pre and present condition
We begin the second chapter of our study in Ephesians with a description of our lives, for those who are believers in Jesus Christ, prior to our acknowledging Him in our lives.
I have two main points and several sub-points for us. We begin…
1. Without Christ.
Because of the ill fated decision of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, we begin out lives without a relationship with God. Paul makes it clear how are lives were B.C. If you are taking notes write this down, without Christ…
a. Man is Dead.
Paul wrote in the first verse, As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins. The word Paul uses for sin is hamartia which means a miss. A person shoots an arrow at the target and misses, that is hamartia. Sin is the failure to hit the target in life.
The girl knelt in the confessional and said, "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned."
"What is it, child?"
"Father, I have committed the sin of vanity. Twice a day I gaze at myself in the mirror and tell myself how beautiful I am."
The priest turned, took a good look at the girl, and said, "My dear, I have good news. That isn’t a sin - it’s only a mistake."
We could only wish our sins were mistakes for Romans 6:23 states clearly, The wages of sin is death. Because we sin, we are dead without Christ. Everyone born into this world is born with a sin nature which prevents them from access to God. You and I and all of mankind have a problem, it is sin and it doesn’t matter how well we live our lives, without Jesus Christ at the center, sin has made us dead. In prison, when a condemned person is walking down the corridors, they refer to him as a dead man walking. Why? Because it is only a matter of time until he meets the executioner. Well, if you don’t know Christ as Lord and Savior, you too are a dead man or woman walking because it is only a matter of time until you meet the Maker and sin prevents you from entering into the promise.
It seems unfair on the surface. Born into the world, alive but dead. Fortunately Paul does not leave us hanging. He points out why in the next two verses. Write this down…
b. Man is disobedient.
2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts.
Paul speaking to Believers in Christ, reminds us where we once were, disobedient to the things of God. When we were born into the world, born without God because of sin, the Bible calls us children of wrath. When we reach an age where we understand our situation and still reject the One, Christ, who can lead us from our sins, we become children of disobedience.
There has been quite a number of movies out recently focusing on the devil and the supernatural realm. Here we find people who do not follow in the way of Christ are followers of the ways of the devil, the ruler of the kingdom of the air. Make no mistake, the devil is real.