DEAD IN TRESPASSES AND SINS
The description of the Ephesian believers’ old condition as dead in trespasses and sins represents their spiritual condition as unbelievers. Man in an unregenerate condition is spiritually dead and he does not have any hope of life. He lives a life of sin and the wages of sin is death. Paul was speaking to those who had been quickened, that is restored to life. He identified the result of that old condition: they walked according to the course of the world. This is a reference to free living without any restraint or moral basis. He also described another power that controlled world affairs, i.e. Satan the prince of the power of the air which now works in the children of disobedience. On the same matter, the Apostle told the Colossian believers that as unbelievers they were alienated and enemies in their mind by wicked works (Col 1:21).
He also described the conduct of unbelievers. They lived in the lusts of the flesh and fulfilled the desires of the flesh and mind. This is the kind of life a person lives when he does not have the salvific knowledge of Christ. The sinful life is a natural course of life without any restraint. Paul added that they were by nature children of wrath, even as others. This is the world which believers are asked to be a witness to for the salvation that comes through Christ. When Paul went to Ephesus the first time there were few Christians and it took effort on his part and the others to win them (who were in their old condition) to Christ. All Christians must draw a line between the world and their faith. Today that line is nearly invisible as the world has invaded the church through music and a pursuit for wealth; and the wayward ones represent the church.
It is not pleasant to recall one’s sinful past but sometimes it is necessary in order to see how much God’s grace has done. One who is genuinely saved will not forget the change that Christ has wrought in his life.
THOUGHT: Sin is a bondage that must be removed at all costs.
PRAYER: Lord, may I never return to my old ways.