Ephesians 2:1-10; Genesis 4:5-16; John 3:1-21; Jeremiah 29:11-14;
God has a plan and purpose for everyone, and they were established before we were conceived. It is impossible for us to do the will of God without His Grace, without being born from above.
Lost in Sin/Missing the Mark
[Eph 2:1-3 NASB] 1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.
you were dead [νεκρός] in your transgressions [παράπτωμα] and sins [ἁμαρτία]
νεκρός G3498 – Dead, spiritually, lacking God’s Spirit
παράπτωμα G3900 – transgressions – fault, false step
ἁμαρτία G266 – sin – to be without a share in, err, to wander from the law of God, violate God’s law, sin
Without being born again, we are unable to do God’s will, wandering and being driven by the ways of the world and consumed by the times in a materialistic world. Satan leads the disobedient. We all started as sinners needing Jesus, following our desires and deserving wrath.
verse 2 – in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
in [ἐν] the sons [τοῖς υἱοῖς] of disobedience [τῆς ἀπειθείας]
ἀπείθεια G543 – Disobedience – obstinacy, obstinate opposition to the divine will, stiffed necked, stubborn as a mule
Gen 4 example: Cain warned by God that his desires would consume him, sin is waiting to get a foot hold. Cain did what he wanted to do and murdered Abel. God warned Cain, and expressed mercy, but Cain rejected it. He had let sin take over his will. He then was then sent out to wander.
Being dead in our transgressions is wandering aimlessly without purpose.
Paul is expressing that we all were sinners, to keep us humble and merciful. That we were being lead by Satan into our own desires, which drove us away from God’s plan. Satan allows people to think they are doing what they want, but in fact he is luring them away. Imagine being lured by the smell of your favorite dinner, it smells so good, just like grandma’s cooking, and you wander into a trap. Satan uses your fleshly desires against you.
Love of God/Mercy of God
[Eph 2:4-6 NASB] 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
There is HOPE! Even when we were dead in our transgressions!
Remember where you came from, and glorify His name for saving you!
The word for “made us alive together” is such a wonderful combination of words.
συζωοποιέω G4806 – to make one alive together
preposition denoting union [σύν] + make alive/restore to life [ζῳοποιέω]
This is saying that there is a union between Christ and ourselves to be made new, a new creature.
by grace [χάριτί] you have been [ἐστε] saved [σεσῳσμένοι]
Salvation is for the Glory of God. We cannot be saved by our efforts, but we are changed by God, to walk in the way He wants us to live. We are saved from being on a path of self destruction. We no longer live to satisfy self, but to be living evidence of His mercy, for His glory.
Grace is God exerting, pressing on us His love. We are saved from destruction, when we acknowledge His Grace for us, and humbly seek His mercy.
Receiving or accepting salvation is recognizing that we fall short of the glory of God, and that He wants us to be transformed, joined with Jesus Christ, a new birth, empowered by His Spirit to love like He does.