Apart From Christ, We Were Spiritually Dead (Eph. 2:1-3)
In Ephesians 2:1-10 we have a kind of “before” and “after” picture painted for us. The first three verse who us why we needed the change.
In verse one the word “and” connects the preceding paragraph. appeal refers to both Gentile and Jew in verse1. He also has the word “were.” It denotes our spiritual condition when God made us alive. “Dead” means spiritual separation from God The word “sins” means “missing the mark,” as in shooting an arrow.
Verse 2 tells us how we lived prior to our conversion to Christ. Guy Orbison, Jr writes the following, “the phrase “you walked,” images life as a journey, implying, going in a certain direction.”
Prior to our coming to Christ all of us in the control, whether we knew it or not of “prince of the power of the air,” a name for Satan. We blindly followed the direction of the “world.” Our life was a life of disobedience.
Verse 3 tells us that because of our condition of disobedience that we are by nature children of wrath, thus being doomed to Hell. Praise God that the story did not end with this verse. The good news for Christians is that God’s wrath has been fired out not on us but on the Savior. In our next study,we have two of the sweetest words in Scipture: “But God.” As Paul harvey said, “Now you know the rest of the story.”
-Larry Miles, May 1, 2015 in Mangum, OK