The Axe Laid to the Root 2
Quickened (Enlivened) Out of Death
With that as background, then, we will skip for now all the ins and outs of the fall, and pick up with Paul speaking to us who are born again in Christ, recounting to us our spiritual history in Ephesians 2:1-3:
And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Simply put, there are none of us who at one time were not “dead” (to God), and were by nature children of wrath, since we were held in bondage by the one who captured our first parents in the Garden, thus making the whole human race from then on his prisoner from birth.
Of course we are speaking of the great serpent, the dragon of Revelation, the tempter, accuser, and liar from the beginning, known as Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub, and by many other names. He blinds the minds of those who believe not (2 Cor 3:4), causes us to oppose our own selves (2 Tim 2:25), and it is his very lusts we do when we are his children (John 8:44).
Now of course we also have to know, that this captivity to the god of this world, in which we are held by deception, and from which we cannot escape by our own efforts, manifests itself in evil AND good, because that is the tree from which Adam and Eve ate.
This is an important point, because we are so used to thinking of sin simply as bad or evil things we do. However, those deeds (sins) are the manifestations of sin, which is the indwelling spirit of error who IS sin. Moreover, those deeds can be outwardly “good” or “evil.”
The importance of seeing this is that we can begin to take our eyes away from the appearance of good or evil deeds and attitudes, and focus on the spirit from which they originate. This is the beginning of “judging righteous judgment,” rather than by the appearance of how something looks on the outside. In other words, we begin seeing things from the inside out, rather than from outside in (John 7:24).