Man in Sin
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)
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.