08/31/14 He Made A-Live!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Monday, September 1, 2014 Under: Sermon
Worthy Walk Series - Week 5 (Ephesians 2:1-3)

Text: Ephesians 2:1-3 (NKJV)

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” Intro: This chapter is one of the most important chapters in the Bible. It focuses upon the life of the Christian believer. It discusses his past, present, and future. It shows what life was like before Christ came and what it is like since He has come. It discusses what God has done for man in the work of His mercy and the gift of His grace. It also paints a clear picture of the church. It is a chapter that should be lived in; it should be studied and taught time and again.

  • It is Important to note if He made us alive; we are no longer a part of a life of death, destruction & disobedience.

1. A life of Death: vs. 1

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.”

How can a person be living and yet be dead? To answer this question, we must understand what death means. The basic meaning of death is separation. Death never means extinction. Death simply means that a person is separated, either separated from his body or from God or from both. "Death is the separation of a person from the purpose or use for which they were intended" Man was created to know, fellowship, worship, and serve God; but man does not do it. If he worships at all, he worships his own ideas and concepts of God, creating a god to suit his own notions—a god that will allow him to go ahead and live as he wishes.

Paul is basically telling the church: man does not fulfill his purpose on earth, not the purpose for which he was created. He has little if anything to do with God. He is separated from and dead to God. The Bible speaks of three deaths.

1. Physical death: the separation of a man's spirit from his body. This is what men commonly call death. It is when a person ceases to exist on this earth and is buried. “For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:21-22

2. Spiritual death: the separation of a man from God while he is still living and walking upon earth. This is the natural state of a man on earth without Jesus Christ. A person may walk in life without God and Christ, rejecting, rebelling and cursing God. The person is spiritually separated from God; their dead to God. This can be a religious person, worshiping a god of their own thoughts and notions, rejecting the only living and true God who was revealed by Jesus Christ. Spiritual death speaks of a person who is dead while he still lives. Dead to Jesus Christ and spiritual matters:

A person who wastes their life in riotous living is spiritually dead.
A person who has not partaken of Christ is spiritually dead.
A person who does not have the spirit of Christ is said to be spiritually dead.
A person who lives in sin is said to be spiritually dead.
A person who is alienated from God is said to be spiritually dead.
A person who sleeps in sin is spiritually dead.
A person who lives in sinful pleasure is dead while they live.
A person who does not have the Son of God is dead.
A person who does great religious works but does the wrong works is dead.

3. Eternal death: the separation of man from God's presence forever. This is the second death, an eternal state of being dead to God. It is spiritual death, separation from God that is prolonged beyond the death of the body. It is called the "second death" or eternal death.

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" Romans 6:23. Everyone who has not trusted Christ is spiritually dead!

2. A life of Destruction: vs. 1-2

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.”

Before conversion, a person lives a life of trespasses and sins, a life of destruction. It is while a person is living in trespasses and sins that they are dead (separated from God). The word "trespasses" means to fall, turn aside, or wander away. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” Ephesians 1:7

The word "sins" means to miss the mark. Sin is the term most often used to describe man's fallen condition; this is why they live a life of destruction. It is what is meant by coming short of the glory of God. God is perfect but man is imperfect. Man is ever so short of God's perfect glory: short of the purpose for which God created him. This is what is meant by sin. Sin separates man from God. Man is dead (separated) in trespasses and sins. He is dead because he blunders and comes short of God. Let me take you to Romans:

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.” Romans 5:12

“Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.” Romans 6:12

The person who sins is said to be walking after three things.

1. The sinner walks after the "course of this world." Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.

2. The sinner walks under the power of Satan. Satan is called the "prince of the power of the air." Man was never created to be evil or to do evil. Evil originated with an alien force, an alien force that exists in another world, the spiritual world or dimension of being. The Bible calls that evil force a person and he is named Satan or the devil. The spiritual world has access to this world and can influence the spirit of man. What has happened is that man, who has free will, has chosen to follow the evil way of Satan. When Satan tries to influence the spirit of man to sin, man often listens and sins. This is exactly what Scripture declares: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12

3. The sinner walks in disobedience. Very simply, he refuses to obey God, refuses to do what God says. He chooses to do what he wants instead of what he should do. And note: he is classified by God as one of the "children of disobedience." He is a child of disobedience; that is, he is in the family of disobedience, not in the family of God.

3. A life of  Disobedience: vs. 3

“Among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.”

Before conversion a person lives a life with the disobedient of the world. The verse starts with the words; "among whom." They refer to the children of disobedience mentioned in the previous verse. The major stress of the disobedient is the desires of the flesh and of the mind. When most persons think of desire or lust, they think of the sins of the flesh such as: illicit sex, overeating, intoxication, laziness & pornography. The mind also desires and lusts after immoral thoughts, anger, unbelief, idolatry, envy… This life is self-centered, not God-centered; world-centered, not heaven-centered; selfish, not giving; banking and hoarding, not sacrificial—not meeting the needs of a world reeling in desperate need and death. The unconverted man spends his life with the disobedient of the world living after the desires of the flesh and of the mind. “For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world.” 1 John 2:16

Verse three also reminds us man lives under the wrath of God. "Were by nature the children of wrath." The unconverted man acts against God; he does not act for God; he does not receive God, he does not confess God, he does not acknowledge God, he does not praise God, he does not serve God, he does not honor Christ, the very Son of God. Therefore, he shall reap what he has sown. What he has measured to God shall be measured to him. The wrath of God shall fall upon him. “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." John 3:36

Conclusion: “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.” 1 John 5:12 (NLT)

Simple question: “God’s Not Dead are You?”

“Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.” Ephesians 4:18-19

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