If you want to understand the world, what is the true condition of the world and all of us in it, Ephesians 2:1-5 is one of the best places to look for the answer. God did not create the world to be like this, but it became this way when sin popped into existence through the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve. Things changed after that and they became as we read now in these verses. And how are things now?
- People are dead in sin – v.1. We are not dead in every way, but we are in the most important of ways.
- People who are dead in sin are stuck in lives of sin – v.1b-3a. People are following Satan’s ways, living for the passions of our flesh and mind.
- The result is that we are now under the wrath of God – v.3b. All mankind is under the just wrath of God for all are truly sinful and we have all truly sinned.
- God has now made us alive and has saved us by His grace – v.4-5. We are under the wrath of God, but God’s love is also there, making a way for us to find life for that part of us that is dead, if we will receive it.
This is reality. This is how things really are for all people. Getting in touch with reality is one of the most important things a person can do in life. We criticize people when they are out of touch with reality, don’t we? So let’s embrace reality as we join ourselves to the God who loves us and wants us to have life full and free.