And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.
Immediately after his prayer, Paul reminds the Ephesians of the reality of personal sin. Like them, we must never forget our past, the condition from which Jesus saved us. Those memories are the best fuel for our gratitude to Jesus for all He has done on our behalf.
Jesus is the permanent ruler of the whole world. Satan is only the temporary ruler of the world that chooses to follow him.
Among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
We are lost in sin and cannot save ourselves. We are dead in our trespasses and sins until Jesus rescues us.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
But God, these must be two of the most welcomed words in all of Scripture. But God, could have left us spiritually dead. But He didn't. Hallelujah!
He did not save us because of, but rather in spite of what He saw in us.
In addition to thanking Him for what He has done for us, we should also show humble patience and tolerance for others who seem unworthy or undeserving of our love and compassion. God loved us anyway, can we do the same for fellow sinners?
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Because our salvation and even our faith are gifts, we should respond with gratitude, praise, and joy. Amen.
Our salvation is something only God can do. It is His powerful, creative work in us.
If God considers us His masterpieces, we dare not treat ourselves or others with disrespect or as inferior.
Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Be careful not to become proud of your salvation. Instead, humbly thank God for what He has done and encourage others who might be struggling in their faith.
The cross should be the focus of our unity.
(Resource: Application Study Bible)