Verse of the Day – Dec. 5, 2023

Verse of the Day – Dec. 5, 2023

December 05, 2023 – Tuesday 

Ephesians 2:1-3    ESV 

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 bodyand the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.   

Ephesians 2:1-3    NIV 

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 

Comments 

Now moving into chapter two, in verse one we have and independent sentence in Complete Jewish Bible (CJB), You used to be dead because of your sins and acts of disobedience. This is not unlike what we have above in the NIV and ESV versions and unlike them the NKJV adds in “He made alive” for clarity as it is understood in most versions, And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins. Nonetheless, in all versions when the verse speaks of dead or it is always in the past tense and that is truly important.  

And how were we dead? I like the ESV where it says And you were dead in the trespasses and sinsin 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. We were dead in the trespasses and sins, but what were those? Verse two says we once walked [in them], following the course of this world. Now, to us we may have thought we were just doing our own thing, but the verse continues with we following the prince of the power of the air, that is Satan. How is Satan involved, he is now at work in the sons of disobedience and the sons of disobedience were us. 

How are we to recognize ourselves as once sons of disobedience. Verse three answers that question very clearly, we were among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind. In other words, our behavior was governed by the sinful self, our own selfish purposes and goals without regard for what God would want us to do. The Common English Version (CEV) says All of you used to do whatever felt good and whatever you thought you wanted and that pretty well nails it!  

Being sons of disobedience we rebelled against God, we were His enemies and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. Once again, make note of the past tense, werewe were by nature deserving of wrath. What changed? Jesus paid the price for all our sins on the cross and imputed His righteousness to us when we believed He did so and rose on the third day, accompanied by our repentance. That is the gospel in a nutshell. It is not quite as easy as it seems as we must give up our self-righteousness, our ego, our arrogance, our pride … as if we know better than God what is right and what is wrong. Then again, humility before our Creator should not be so difficult.  

Bottom Line: We were once dead in our sins, in our rebellion, but have gained favor through Jesus and only through Jesus. Let us freely give up our pride and arrogance while accepting the wonderful gift of Grace.  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, We who were once only deserving of Your wrath are humbled by Your wonderful gift of Grace through Your Son, our Lord and Savior. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

RileyD, nwJ       

Riley D. Driver – Pastor           

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