Daily Devotional: Monday 7th September

by William Moody

Ephesians 2:1–3

By Grace Through Faith

2:1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, 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—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body1 and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.2

Footnotes

[1] 2:3 Greek flesh
[2] 2:3 Greek like the rest

(ESV)

Paul speaks of the state of the person before they are saved here. It is important to understand the problem if we are going to get the right answer.

The person in their natural condition is spiritually dead because of sin (v1). This means they are capable of no spiritual good and incapable of doing anything towards their salvation. This is truth which people fail to understand and accept. It is not that the unsaved person is spiritually sick, they are spiritually dead.

Secondly, the unsaved person is disobedient following the ways of the world and of Satan (v2). The unsaved person will not naturally walk in the ways of God’s commands. They are naturally hostile to God’s rule over them.

Thirdly the unsaved person is doomed as they are a child of wrath (v3). People naturally walk down the broad road that leads to destruction. God’s destruction is everlasting torment in hell.

Dead, disobedient and doomed; if you are saved praise God what you have been saved from. If unsaved please understand your true condition.

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