You Were Dead
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 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. 3 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.”
Before we began to follow Jesus, we followed the enemy. Before we were given eternal life in Christ Jesus, we were dead in sin and hopelessness. All our ways were disobedient and rebellious.
Satan always makes the world and its ways look attractive and promising. The vacuum of emptiness we all felt deep inside was impossible to fill, but we kept trying out every temptation the enemy threw towards us. For the most part, we gave in to every fleshly desire, and our minds were full of impure thoughts and motives.
Like most of the people we associated with, we lived our lives for the next high, the next thrill, or the next midnight encounter. But nothing ever satisfied. It was never enough. We were left empty still. That hole deep inside grew larger. We deserved the condemnation and wrath of a Holy God.
We had living and breathing bodies, but our souls were dead men walking. Notice please in today’s verse that Paul is speaking of who we used to be, not who we are now. Tomorrow, we learn God’s remedy for bringing us to life!
Thank the Father that He is filling every empty space in you with His Spirit because of the finished work of Jesus.
Dive Deeper: Study Ephesians 2.