Written on January 07th, 2007 by Shawn Anthony
NRS Ephesians 2.1-9: You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. 3 All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved — 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God — 9 not the result of works, so that no one may boast.
Notes on Ephesians 2.1-2: Multidimensional Sin Warfare ⇒ The World, The Flesh, The Devil. We were dead in [our] trespasses and sins. The apostle reveals a three-fold source of this sad spiritual state: “The World” (2.2a); “The Devil” or “An Autonomous Force of Defiance” (2.2b); “The Flesh” (2.3a). Sin has a supernatural component. Sin is synonymous w/ the “ruler of the power of the air,” or “from above, supernaturally speaking” (The Evil One); Sin is personal, from within (The Flesh); Sin is social, from without (The World).
Notes on Ephesians 2.3-9: We all once lived in Sin and were consequently lost in our Sin. Praise God that through Jesus Christ our Lord we were saved, not by any work - which we could not possibly accomplish anyway - but by His Gospel’s Grace. Salvation is a supernatural gift from God which lays bear the supernatural Sin that once separated us from Him.