I am going to try a new approach the next few days. We are going to dive deep into one of my favorite passages, Ephesians 2:1-10. I encourage you to read all of Ephesians 1 to get the idea of where Paul is coming from.
Not dead physically, but dead to good, to lasting value, slowly caving in from the inside where a black, empty hole ate away at you.
“in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked,”
This is an offense against God, where we continually squirmed under the fence and ran into the land of instant fulfillment with lasting residue of muck.
“following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience”
The path of the world has a lot of appeal, but it is a contorted set of traps and unfulfilling plastic toys. It’s following Satan, who is at work among the people who are characterized by disobedience. Have you ever been told that you turned out like you parents? Yeah, imagine that parent being disobedience.
“— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh,”
These passions are the sinful, willful desires that we crave and push in, and feel like throwing up after. They feel good, but destroy our lives. This is one I struggle with…
“carrying out the desires of the body[a]”
Our cravings…we give in over and over. Bad habits that everyone tries to hide or concedes as inevitable, but hates all the same. Slavery.
“and the mind,”
Sinful thoughts that we see and hear…as well as the thought that we are in control, we do not need God, we can work our way into Him being okay with us, we don’t have to love the people around us, we are better than them, we understand the world.
“and were by nature children of wrath,”
It is not fun to cower under the threat of an angry god. So often we assume that this is the only one we can serve.
“like the rest of mankind.[b]”
There is no hope in a different country. No matter where you’re at, everyone around you has as little hope as you, stuck in the same cycle of sin.
This is the state of humanity. This is the situation of the world, and why we have no hope in ourselves. We deserved nothing good. But, God had another plan.
So often, I forget where I have come from, what I am saved from, and the hope I have to share. This song talks about that.