Posted February 2, 2010
Let us go further this week in our study of a word that appears 7 times in the book of Ephesians. It is the word 'together', which means the bringing together of two warring parties and making them one. We are looking at this subject, 'When Two Become One'.
This week we will begin to look at 2:1-5 and 'The Resurrection Of Gathering Together'. Paul tells us in verse 5 that we have been quickened together with Christ. In verses 1-3 of our text Paul lays before us 'Our Past State Before The Resurrection'. Paul tells us in verse 1 of our 'State Of Course'. Before God saved us Paul uses this phrase 'And you'. This is not an all-inclusive phrase but almost like he is pointing his finger at us as an individual saying ' And you'. He tells us personally that before our salvation we were dead. This is the Greek word for a corpse.
Some years ago a gentleman that I had pastored, who had a Doctor's degree in education, called me to his office to talk. He told me that he didn't agree with what I had been preaching. I thought that it would be some high church doctrine. It was not. He said that he didn't believe that man is as dead as I preached him. I asked, 'how dead do you think he is?' He said that he believed man could come to God of his own choice without a prompting from God. I told him of Ephesians 2:1 and the word dead meaning a corpse. I asked how dead is a corpse? This enraged him and I was assured that his old man was much alive. In this dead state Paul said we could only do trespasses and sins.
In verses 2-3 we find 'The State Of Our Conversation'. Paul said in the past we walked according to the course of this world and was led by the god of this world who is called the prince of the power of the air. We walked according to the lust of our flesh and fulfilled the desires of the flesh. It matters not if God forbids it, if we thought it or felt it, we did it.
You may say I never did those things. I was a good person. Paul is telling us here, not necessarily that we did these things, but our nature had the potential to perform the worst.
Paul points his fingers at the redeemed and says, 'And you hath he raised from the dead in order to save us.' It certainly plays down us putting a lot of stock in our profession, or choice, or decision, when we find nothing would have been done by us unless God had raised us from the dead. It was done for the sake of being together with Christ and causing Two To Become One.