And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Dead Men Walking
What does it mean to be “dead in your sins?” In today’s reading, Paul gives four characteristics of someone who is not saved. Knowing them will help us have a greater burden for the unsaved and a greater appreciation for our salvation. First, he says that those who are dead in their sins follow the ways of the world (vs2). They live by its value system and it sets their goals. Second, they follow Satan (vs2). They live according to his goals and can’t resist his temptations. They have no power over sin. In fact, they are his slaves. Third, they gratify the cravings of their sinful nature (vs3). They do whatever makes them feel good and is comfortable. They are controlled by their desires. They have no self control. Fourth, they follow the desires and thoughts of their sinful nature. This characteristic literally means they willfully choose to go against the will of God and follow the world. Thankfully, God saw us in this condition and made us alive through faith in Jesus Christ. Why? That He might show the incomparable riches of His grace. Who in your world is living as one who is dead in his sin and needs to be made alive?
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?