TODAY’S READING: Ephesians 2:1-5
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world” EPH 2:1-2
Once while walking in Dartmoor National Park on a misty and rainy day, I was shocked to stumble upon a skeleton of a horse nestled next to a river. My experience of horses previously had been riding them on great adventures and watching them gallop through fields with their usual nobility, radiance and prowess on display. To find an old skeleton of the poor horse took me totally by surprise. It clearly had been there a very long time.
One of the biggest surprises in my life was discovering that I am also considered dead according to scripture, even though I felt very much alive in my flesh. I was enjoying living out passions of the flesh, desires of my body and mind, not knowing this was leading directly to my death. Seen through God’s eternal eyes, these actions make us by nature children of wrath, receivers of God’s punishment, due to our sin.
The second chapter of Ephesians begins by telling us, “you were dead in the trespasses and sins”, pointing us towards a clear consequence in scripture of our actions. This is further backed-up by verses such as Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death”; Romans 5:12, “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned” and Psalm 51:5, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me”.
Each verse provides a fuller and fuller picture of the fact that we are already dead in our sins. It is the reason for eternal death and eternal separation from the Father. Every single human has sinned as part of the curse placed upon Man in the garden of Eden. We are born into sin meaning that, by nature, we are sinful humans with sinful hearts doing simply what we are hard-wired to do which is offensive to God.
Have you realised how dead you truly are in your sins? The first time I realised that my sin has such a severe consequence on my life, it put me in a place of shock and fear of what the effects of this might be for all eternity! A little bit like seeing the skeleton of a horse on Dartmoor - what I was used to seeing with so much life, suddenly appeared scarily dead.
The great news for us is that God does not leave us dead in our sins. He is rich in mercy; He has a great love for us and, “even when we were dead in our trespasses, he made us alive together with Christ” (v5). The beginning of Ephesians chapter two paves the way for the rest of the chapter which shows the powerful contrast we find in standing upon Christ’s death and resurrection and the ill-fated future we had due to our sin.
The start of this chapter points to how dead we really were in our sins which lights up how much more we are now truly alive through the power of Jesus Christ which has made us alive today! I don’t know about you, but the truth of Jesus Christ having transformed my life totally makes me thankful beyond measure – I, who once was dead, am now forever alive in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Thank you, Lord, that you are great in mercy, great in love and that we are made alive together in Christ! Thank you that I once was dead but now I am alive and my eternity is forever changed through the blood of Jesus Christ.
• Read today’s passage, Ephesians 2:1-5
• Pray a prayer of thankfulness that you have been resurrected from death to life through the power of Jesus Christ.
• Tell someone today your story of how you found life after being dead in your trespasses and sins.