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Dead in Trespasses and Sins

Book of Ephesians

A Sermon on Ephesians 2:1

By Grace Through Faith

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins (ESV)

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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.

Additional Scripture Translations

Ephesians 2:1, New American Standard Bible

Made Alive in Christ

1And you were dead in your offenses and sins,

Ephesians 2:1, King James Version

1And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

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.