The Gospel in One Sentence Part 2 (Ephesians 2:4-7)

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Open your Bibles to the book of Ephesians. Ephesians is in the New Testament, which is the second half of the Bible about halfway through. On your printed copy, you might find a table of contents on the first page and find Ephesians. We do have printed Bibles available on the bookshelves on the side walls. Feel free to stand up and get a copy. We’ll also be putting out the word of God on the screen for you to follow along as well. Well, let me ask you, what does it mean when we say that something or someone is dead? What would your response be? What do we mean when we say something is dead. Lifeless, no longer living, no hope, no future, a corpse. Something that’s dead is obviously a absence of life. In some sense, we would say, doesn’t exist any longer. That person or animal or thing has no awareness, cannot think, cannot feel, can’t do anything. I grew up in a family that wasn’t that fond of household pets. However, there was a brief period of time for a few years that we had this little blue bird, a parakeet, “Perky”, we called him. And every morning I would wake up hearing the noise from the living room where Perky was in his cage hopping, chirpy, being noisy. And I remember one morning, however, I might have been about 10 years older. So, I woke up and I thought it was strange I heard nothing. No sound and I went to the cage and I saw Perky’s dead body just laying at the bottom of the cage. A dead bird can’t hop, can’t chirp and can’t make any noise. There’s no life in it. I think we all grasp this concept that someone or something is either physically alive or physically dead; one or the other. And this was the clear imagery we saw in God’s word Last week in Ephesians 2:1-3, we learned that each one of us when we were born physically when we came into the world with physical life at the same time all of us were spiritually dead. We began this life earthly existence without any relationship with God. We had no spiritual life. We saw this is first of all because we inherited a sinful nature that goes all the way back the time of Adam in the Garden of Eden. But on top of that sinful nature world born with each one of us in this room has also chosen to just continue to live in this rebellion. And on our own we then continue on through life, year after year without spiritual life separated from God. Let me remind us of these hard words we saw in the verses of Ephesians 2:1-3,  “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.”