In Chapter 2 Paul begins with a lengthy description of the sinful state of the Ephesians (and us too) prior to becoming believers. Before telling them of the riches they have through their faith in Christ, he drives home the point- they were totally, irrefutably sinners. It is important to realize the state where we began and by grace no longer belong! Ephesians 2:1-3 “Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.”
The truth of our sinful nature is all throughout scripture. Romans 3:23 “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”
Psalm 51:4 “Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. You will be proved right in what you say, and your judgment against me is just.”
Jeremiah 30:15 “Why do you protest your punishment— this wound that has no cure? I have had to punish you because your sins are many and your guilt is great.”
John 8:24 “That is why I said that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.”
These are just a few verses that confirm the sinful state of man without God’s intervention. But for the grace of God…. I would still be there. Because Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead, I am no longer a slave to sin and will not suffer God’s wrath.
Today as you consider your former self, prior to faith in Jesus, give thanks for His grace in saving you. We are still subject to sin’s influence from within our selves and from the world’s ways around us, but through Christ we have the power to reject sin and walk with Him. Praise God!