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Man in Sin

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Book of Ephesians

A Sermon on Ephesians 2:1-3

By Grace Through Faith

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. (ESV)

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What’s the fundamental problem with humanity? Is it a lack of education? Poor policies in the public sphere? What is it? Why are humans the way they are? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones opens Ephesians 2:1-3 and explains the problem is much deeper than we thought. The problem is this: man is dead. Not physically dead––physically, man is very much alive. But in regards to spiritual things, humanity is born dead. Humanity sees no need for God and disregards his Word. Spiritual realities are boring to him and he does not find the Bible relevant. As a result, man is shaped by the present age, under the spiritual realm of darkness, and organizes his life apart from God. He doesn’t know it, because he’s dead. The result is eternal death. Listen as the Dr. explains that we must know the depths of this problem. As the problem is much deeper than one thought, the solution must be greater than we imagined. Our delight in the Gospel of Jesus Christ comes from our understanding of this. We were hopeless. We were dead. Without Christ, there was nothing we could do. Yet God loved us and he has made us alive.


Additional Scripture Translations

Ephesians 2:1-3, New American Standard Bible

Made Alive in Christ

1And you were dead in your offenses and sins, 2in which you previously walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3Among them we too all previously lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the rest.

Ephesians 2:1-3, King James Version

1And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.


About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.