Ephesians 2:1-3 (ESV)
1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 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— 3 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.
Following the course of this world – it’s natural. It’s amazing how relevant the scripture is. I don’t understand how people don’t see that there’s evil at work in this world. Are we so arrogant as to think it’s just us, that we’re creating this? Same with good.
A more contemporary translation that captures the essence of the words that don’t necessarily translate from Greek or Aramaic
Ephesians 2:1-3 (MSG)
It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us.
It is a wonder. Ever wonder where love comes from? Think we created it? Nope, we were given it. Adam had a choice to keep evil at bay, chose not to. Free will. Yet, God gives us the opportunity to do things differently when our chance at eternity comes along. I don’t know about fire and brimstone, endless fires of hell, etc.
What I do know is that while we’re alive we feel God’s presence, even if we don’t believe in him. I can’t imagine the torture of my soul if He wasn’t present in me, but many will choose that path when they make their decision on where they will spend eternity.
There is a way home.
Ephesians 2:4-6 (MSG)
Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.
Is it a wonder that the bible so accurately describes how the world will go, who we are, or why we act like we do? No, not when you consider the source. Is it wise to not give it the attention it deserves?