Dead in Trespasses and Sins
A Sermon on Ephesians 2:1
By Grace Through Faith
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins (ESV)
What is the state of a person before Christ? Is the problem with humanity that we need more morality or is it much deeper? The Apostle Paul explains man’s greatest problem is that he is dead in trespasses and sins. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds Paul’s words in Ephesians 2. According to Lloyd-Jones, when the Christian has a strong understanding of the depth of their depravity, it makes the work of Christ all the more glorious. When the Christian sees the severity of their sin and their plight outside of union with Christ, they realize the great power and sovereignty of God in salvation and it inevitably leads to true worship and praise to God for all the grace and mercy that He shows in saving sinners. Because sin is so deadly, only the power of God can save. We cannot be unified with Christ by any other means. A true understanding of our sin will spur us on to evangelize the lost. We should want others to know of the great salvation that resides in Jesus Christ. The greatest problem with the sinner is not just that he does not come to church on Sunday or that he is not a part of the Christian social club. The greatest problem is that the sinner is alienated from God and is under God’s wrath. With this is mind, telling others about Jesus becomes all the more important a task.