Have you seen the popular advertising tactic of “before” and “after” pictures? They are probably
most common for diet products, but I’ve also seen them for hair and make-overs. The “before”
picture is almost always the least flattering picture possib … More
This passage uses a similar tactic but to a different end. Paul does paint two pictures for us – one “before” Christ (vv. 1-3) and one “after” (vv. 4-7). He then brings it all together (vv. 8-10) and tells us what the goal of this comparison is.
In these first three verses Paul gives us the “before” picture of an unsaved person:
With these influences there is little wonder that the unsaved person is disobedient to God. There is no way that he can overcome these three great enemies of God by Himself. He had made God angry, and he was going to be punished like everyone else (v. 3b).
Lord, I thank you so much for the way you changed my life and thinking when I was saved.
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.
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Ephesians 1:1-6Our Riches in Christ
Ephesians 1:7-14Redemption For The Believer in Christ
Ephesians 1:15-23Prayer For Knowledge And Power
Ephesians 2:1-3How we Were ’Before’ Salvation
Ephesians 2:4-10How He Works in Us ’After’ Salvation
Ephesians 2:11-13My Position in Christ As a Gentile
Ephesians 2:14-18We Are One Body in Christ
Ephesians 2:19-22Fellowship Needs to Be a Priority
Ephesians 3:1-6Missionary to The Gentiles
Ephesians 3:7-13Mystery of God’s Grace
Ephesians 3:14-21Prayer For God’s Power And Love
Ephesians 4:1-6Spiritual Unity
Ephesians 4:7-16Gifts From The Risen Messiah
Ephesians 4:17-22Walk As a New Person in Christ
Ephesians 4:23-29Be Holy And Not Sinful
Ephesians 4:30-32Grieving God’s Spirit by The Way we Live
Ephesians 5:1-7Who do You Try to Imitate?
Ephesians 5:8-14Walk as Children of Light
Ephesians 5:15-21Evidences Of a Spirit-filled Life
Ephesians 5:22-24Instructions to Wives
Ephesians 5:25-33Instructions to Husbands