1 [Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus is one of the most misunderstood chapters in the Bible. People read this chapter and assume it applies to them too; but Paul is speaking to believers who have spiritually grown to have overcome sin, the world, and the devil. These believers have been raised with Christ to union and fellowship with him, to the heavens where they sit down in Christ. These people have experienced the true salvation by grace — freed from sin, raised with Christ to become a new creature, translated into the Kingdom of Heaven, where they have fellowship with Christ and the Father. See the footnotes below for extensive scriptural proof and clarification of grace and works.]
1 And he has brought you to life, who were dead in trespasses and sins; [We are all in Adam's fallen state, dead to the life of God, living in sin; until we have crucified the old man, and are renewed into the image, light, life, direction, and power of God.]
2 Where in times past you walked according to the ways of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air [Satan], which is the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience. [Until you are obediently guided by the Spirit of Christ in all thoughts, words, and deeds, you are a child of disobedience: a descendant of Adam, the disobedient, fallen man; and until you have crucified that selfish, Satanic spirit within you, you are walking according to Satan's direction, which is walking in lust, fulfilling the desires of your flesh and the thoughts of your carnal mind.]
3 Among whom we also all had our conduct in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the thoughts of our mind; and were by nature the children of wrath and the object of His indignation, just as the rest of mankind.1 [Notice! All mankind walks in sinful lusts, according to the desires of their flesh and thoughts of their mind, which is under Satan's direction. However, Paul is speaking to crucified believers, who are no longer controlled by the lusts of their flesh; who no longer think their own thoughts, whose sinful nature has been destroyed, including its carnal mind, replaced by the mind of Christ.]
18 For many walk, of whom I have often told you, and now tell you weeping, who are the enemies of the cross of Christ; [Because Christianity teaches there is no need take up the cross to destroy your selfish, sinful nature through the inward cross, they are truly enemies of the cross.]
20 For our citizenship is in heaven [having been translated there]; from where we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
|1 Peter 1:15||Psalms 50:23 |
23 Whoever offers praise, glorifies me; and to him who orders his way aright, will I show the salvation of God."