Here in Ephesians 2 Paul does three things.
- paints the life of those who are yet to come to Christ
- depicts the sorry state of Gentiles (non-Jews) and
- outlines God’s original plan to create in Himself one new man in place of the Jews and Gentiles.
Life of an Unbeliever (the Believer’s previous life), Paul is unsparing in his description:
- children of wrath
- sons of disobedience
- dead in trespasses and sins
- followers of the course of this world
- ruled by the prince of the power of the air
- ruled by the senses (live in the passions of their senses)
- carrying out the desires of the body and the mind
This life(style) is headed in one direction. DEATH. The sorry state of Gentiles (non Jews):
- Separated from Christ
- Alienated from the commonwealth of Israel
- Strangers to the covenants of promise,
- No hope and without God in the world
But God’s plan, which He has now achieved in Christ, has always been to have one body.
Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.
I often wonder why Paul uses such strong terms!
Monday, January 4th, 2016 @ 08:06 by Pastor Wale Adefuye