Ephesians 2:2 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–
Again Paul is addressing Christians “in which you once waked” Now Paul centers on the Flesh the living breathing flesh. Now we will see what God sees when He looks at the human race. First of all we are followers, and we followed the course or actions of this world. When we follow it indicates being in bondage, we are led in a manner and a direction contrary to God. Our eyes are being enticed by the world, it sets our standards, and directs our paths. It is a path that leads to hell, it is a wide path, and we are oblivious to what lies at the end of the path. But if we are follower there have to be some leaders or else there would be no followers. The world follows the prince of the power of the air, the prince leads the world in a demonic way. The price can make men believe in lies and untruths, and try to frustrate the works of God. So in the first two verses of Ephesians chapter 2, we see man in desperate straits, dead spiritually and without hope. Who is in bondage to the prince of the power of this air, not only must do his will but enjoys doing it. And this is how a vast majority of people will live the lives, they will grasp for everything and work hard to become successful grow old and die, all tis time believing a lie, that God judges men by their good works.
Before I am painted as a “Hyper-Calvinist” I want you to understand we are not saved and then wrapped up in a pretty spiritual Box and set on God’s trophy shelf. When I look back at when I was redeemed from the power of sin, the first thing I wanted to do was tell someone of this wonderful gift. I was at the Hospital and couldn’t wait to get home to my wife, and share the good news. Now was I something special? No, I was dead and now I am alive the Holy Spirit prompted me , push me, to share the good news. To share the Gospel is not a preference it’s a command (Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,) Jesus is not asking them, He is commanding them to go tell. The other scripture that prompts us the sharer the gospel is (Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?) From these two passages we see, that when we are saved we are to get busy and fulfill our new spiritual desire for the lost and share with them the good news.
One other thing: (Mat_10:38 And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me. We are not called to sunshine and roses, we are called to take up our cross. The cross represents death and shame, death to our self, and the shame we suffer for defending the Gospel, and the very God it represents.