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Thoughts From Ephesians (Number 9)


LarryMiles2015Apart 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

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2 Corinthians 12:10