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Dead in Sin, Alive in Christ

What are the implications of Paul’s statement in Ephesians 2, that before we were made alive in Christ, we were actually dead in our trespasses and sins? How does this particular view of our sinful nature relate to our understanding of God’s grace and mercy in Christ? On this program, the hosts will be wrapping up chapter one of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and will begin taking a look at the first few verses of chapter two.


“Here’s a letter where Paul’s writing to really simple Christians, a lot of them just brand-new Christians. Yet, he believes that what they really need in order now to grow in Christ is to understand the inheritance that they have in Christ. He doesn’t see these doctrines as the meat of the Word which is too strong for new babes in Christ. He sees these truths as really the basics that people need to know in order to grow in Christ.”

Michael Horton


“Total Inability”

Therefore, all people are conceived in sin and are born children of wrath, unfit for any saving good, inclined to evil, dead in their sins, and slaves to sin; without the grace of the regenerating Holy Spirit they are neither willing nor able to return to God, to reform their distorted nature, or even to dispose themselves to such reform.

(The Canons of Dort, III/IV.3)

More from this Series: Paul's Letter to the Ephesians

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  2. In Him We Have Redemption Listen Now ›
  3. Dead in Sin, Alive in Christ Listen Now ›
  4. Saved by Grace Through Faith Listen Now ›
  5. Reconciled Through the Cross Listen Now ›
  6. The Mystery Revealed Listen Now ›
  7. Knowing the Love of Christ Listen Now ›
  8. One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism Listen Now ›
  9. Futility of Mind & Hardness of Heart Listen Now ›
  10. Walking in Love & Thankfulness Listen Now ›
  11. An Interview with Steve Baugh Listen Now ›
  12. Applying the Gospel to Our Relationships Listen Now ›
  13. A New Way to Think About Work & Family Listen Now ›
  14. What Is Spiritual Warfare? Listen Now ›