Ephesians 2:3 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.

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For the first time in Ephesians 2 Paul uses a personal pronoun including Himself, “we all once lived”. Again these verses apply to Christians who had been delivered out of this muck and mire. The language here suggests our passions were controlled by our flesh, that which we must die daily to.  What the apostle says of the Gentile Ephesians before conversion, he says of himself and other Jews; and this he does, partly to show that it was not from ill will, or with a design to put down the Gentiles, he said what he did; and partly to beat down the pride of the Jews, who thought themselves better than the sinners of the Gentiles. Also to show the abundant grace God shed upon them. We also carried our the desires of our corrupt body’s and our minds. Our flesh, when used in this context is at total odds with the Spirit. The flesh vents itself more times than not through the body. All you have to do is turn on the TV, pick up a magazine or walk through Wal-Mart you will see the flesh at work through the body. The flesh is very powerful in complete control of Satanic forces. There’s absolutely nothing that the flesh isn’t capable of, from the most horrendous crime to petty theft. Modern psychology has tried to excuse mans sinful nature and make it a phobia. Granted there are some physical problems that can result in mental issues, but on the whole it is just unrestrained sin rearing its ugly head. Wrath is our receiving blanket, by nature we were born sinners and in sin did our Mother conceive us. So far in Ephesians chapter 2 it is a pretty bleak picture, that Paul paints, but it is necessary to show mans real estate as God see’s them. When it comes to our eternal it is very important to know we are all sinners in need of a savior. If you have lived a pretty moral life do not boast it is only by God restraining Grace, if He was to remove it,  you would be capable of anything.

Gregory Lane