THE BAD NEWS (Part 2)

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1-3

“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 body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” (Ephesians 2:1-3)

We have seen the terrible consequences of our sin nature. It renders us spiritual dead. A natural person cannot understand the things of God (I Corinthians 2:14). He is incapable of doing so because he is dead to the things of God. Such a person is also governed by the world. He follows the course of the world.

This worldly mentality is in turn controlled by Satan, who is described as “the prince of the power of the air.” A very powerful principle of evil is at work in the world; that evil comes from the devil. Satan hates God and his objective is to ruin God’s creation. In particular, Satan does all he can to hinder men and women from coming to salvation. He attacks, tempts, and leads human beings astray. He accuses and confuses people, but most of all He deceives them.

The essential, primary trouble we have is disobedience — “sons of disobedience.” Sin is not a passive thing; it is active and deliberate. Human beings want to assert their self-sufficiency and self-determination. The Bible picture human beings as absolutely dependent upon God — “For in Him, we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). However, we fight this notion and want to be self-reliant.

Men and women are born with a sin nature — “by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” This explains why we are the “sons of disobedience.” The wrath of God is God’s justice upon sin. It is an expression of God’s hatred of sin and of His punishment of sin. Human beings are sons of disobedience and are under the wrath of God by nature, by birth. We all have a sinful nature which means all our acts of disobedience (sins) flow from our sin nature. This is what is known as “original sin.”

Do you see the depth of the pit of sin? Do you see our utter helplessness and hopelessness? Do you understand the bad news? But good news is coming. In the next few verses, we are given God’s remedy for sin — “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved” (Ephesians 2:4). God comes to our rescue. God comes to save us through His beloved Son.

Gracious Lord, I confess my sins before You. Like the Apostle Paul, I often do what I do not want to do, and fail to do what I wish to do. The battle is great within me. I am so thankful for Your grace that has delivered me from my bondage to sin and has given me spiritual life through Jesus. Enable me to resist the devil and the pull of the world. Let me live my life for Your glory and honor.

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