TRUTH: Remember When You Were Dead


Just as Ephesians was written to the believers, so is this post. I say that because if you don’t know Jesus as Lord and Savior, you are still spiritually dead. You need to be made alive to Almighty God, but that is accomplished only in Jesus Christ as verse five of Ephesians 2 conveys. In the post TRUTH: Alive when Dead, the notion of being dead in our transgressions and sins i.e. the ways in which we used to live when we followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient, was presented. I, like Paul, want you to reflect on the TRUTH: Remember When You Were Dead.

Remembering who we were and what God and Christ did for us is a recurring thought in this passage; therefore, I will follow the intent of the Word of God – I will remember when I was dead.

Ephesians 2

11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

The primary focus that surfaced for me was all the benefits I received from surrendering my life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. That is what Paul is saying to remember. TRUTH: Remember When You Were Dead

  1. I am a Gentile by birth (natural). This means that I was not a part of the people that God chose as His own, the Jews. As with any inheritance, you only have a rightful share if you are a child of the parent. I was not, so I did not have a rightful share in God’s inheritance. The text says formerly which means that there was a change. The change happened as a result of a spiritual birth, the day I was saved. In that day, I became a child of God. It was Christ that gave the right to become children of God children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.  Ephesians 1:11 tells us that it is in Christ that we obtain an inheritance. Without Christ, I must know the TRUTH: Remember When You Were Dead
  2. In biblical times, being called uncircumcised was another reminder that you did not belong to God or God’s chosen people. It was God that initiated circumcision among the Jews as the sign of the covenant between God and them. Similarly for the Gentile, Colossians 2:11 tells us how we obtained access to the covenant between God and man. It says, “11 In him (Jesus) you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ,” Without Christ, I must know the TRUTH: Remember When You Were Dead
  3. Remember the time time you were separate from Christ. Death is separation; therefore, spiritual death is a separation of our spirit from God. Romans 6:23 says the for the wages of sin is death. As a sinful being, I was spiritually dead because of my sins. Isaiah 59:2 tells us that “…your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” God did not oblige Himself to hear my cry when I was dead in my transgressions. Without Christ, I must know the TRUTH: Remember When You Were Dead
  4. When I was separate from Christ, I need to remember that I was excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise. While this point has been made, it is repeated to stress the significance of what Jesus Christ did for those who were not apart of the covenant of promise. Galatians 3 speaks to this matter. It says, “15 Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. 16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,”meaning one person, who is Christ. 17 What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. 18 For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.” Without Christ, I must know the TRUTH: Remember When You Were Dead
  5. Perhaps the biggest and most immediate impact of being in this world without Christ is addressed in the last part of verse 12. It says, “without hope and without God in the world” When people don’t have hope, they make all kinds of foolish and irrational decisions because they have no hope i.e. an expectation of good in the natural and an expectation of salvation in the spiritual. We want eternal life after we die physically. Paul, in 1 Thessalonians 4, addresses the matter. He said, “13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.” Nevertheless, Without Christ, I must know the TRUTH: Remember When You Were Dead

The last verse in our passage today says, “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” It is the capstone to the TRUTH: Remember When You Were Dead. Jesus is the only means that we who were far off have been brought near, that we who were not a child of God, or not circumcised, or not a citizen, or not eligible for the covenant of promise, or not one with hope or not with God in this world. Fellow believers, God is calling us to remember where we were without Jesus – Dead. Hallelujah, glory to God for bringing us life through Christ Jesus. 

Perhaps, you have read this post, and you know Jesus as Lord and Savior. You are without hope and without God if you ignore His invitation today for Him to become the Lord and Savior of your life. He will save you from all the things you don’t have access to without Him. Surrender, acknowledging that you are sinful and separated from God. Confess and repent or turn from your sins and accept Christ as the one who provides the forgiveness of your sins, the salvation of your soul. Read Romans 10:9-10 and just yield control of your life to Christ. Being reading the Word daily and find an honoring and bible-based church to fellowship, so you can grow.

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