What Does Ephesians 2:1 Mean?

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins

Ephesians 2:1(ESV)

Verse Thoughts

The living-spirit and life-soul of Adam was breathed into his lifeless, dusty frame by the life-breath of the eternal Holy Spirit. But the spirit of Adam died the moment that he sinned and from that time forward each member of the human-race is born into this fallen world, as a fallen man - a pro-created being who from conception is spiritually dead. From the 'fall' in the paradise of God, every man born of woman and every woman procreated by man is birthed into this world dead in trespasses and sins, depraved in heart and mind and at enmity with their Creator God.

It is only when new-life is breathed into the lifeless spirit of a man, at the point of salvation, that the eternal barrier between God and man, which was erected at the fall, is removed. It is only at the point of the new-birth, when the Holy Spirit of life breathed the resurrected life of Christ into a sinner saved by grace through faith, that spiritual death is changed into spiritual life. Without the new-life of Christ being breathed into the one that is dead in their sins, the entire life of that man is lived-out with no capacity for spiritual things - estranged from God, under eternal condemnation and bound for the terrible fires of hell.

Sin was the cause and spiritual death the result. Sin was the root and separation from God was the bitter fruit of a man's sin. Sin was the cause, and the effect is a race of men born spiritually dead in trespasses and sins. But through faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary, the significance of this little verse is astounding. Every converted sinner becomes a heavenly saint and child of God, for you who were dead in trespasses and sins have been made alive in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Every believer is delivered from the wrath to come by faith and everyone who believes in Christ receives the forgiveness of sins - for His perfect righteousness becomes our outer garment. It is grace that has brought about this truly amazing transformation and it is grace that has provided God's wonderfully free and undeserved favour. It is God's amazing grace that made us alive in Christ and by His grace we are set free from condemnation and separation from our Creator.

This change is not accomplished by the Law or the keeping of rules, but by God's pardoning grace. This metamorphosis has nothing to do with good works of the flesh, but by God's justifying grace God's grace is so abounding and precious that there are neither words to describe nor songs sufficient to sing of God's amazing love and gracious gift that has been poured into hearts through the finished work of our Saviour, Jesus Christ our Lord.

My Prayer

I praise Your wonderful grace that made me alive in Christ, when I was dead in trespasses and sins, and without hope in the world. Thank You Father for Jesus. I pray that Your Spirit will more and more open my understanding to this indescribable gift that I have been given. Make me bold in proclaiming the saving blood of Jesus to those that are born dead in their sins, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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