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)
How can we make sense out of the awful state of the world? With Ephesians 2:1-3, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones brings much needed clarity to today's chaos, showing how man's sinful nature is behind the wickedness we see all around us. Since man's nature is wholly given over to sin, he is unable to do good and obey all that the Law of God requires. Those, like the humanist, that claim sin is simply an outdated religious superstition that can be replaced by modern psychology fundamentally misunderstand the extent of man’s sin and corruption. For the sinful nature is not something that people lack, but is active rebellion against God. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that sin dominates our very will. The orthodox doctrine of original sin accounts for this sinful nature. It says that when the first man, Adam, sinned all men fell into sin and inherited the corrupt nature. This is why moral reform as a way of salvation is hopeless. For if man could keep the Law there would be no need for the Gospel and death of Christ. It is only by the saving grace found in the death of Christ that any man can be delivered from sin and made righteous before God.