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Ephesians, Chapter Two, Lesson One

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V. 2 (Cont'd.)

** Since Satan, as the "prince of the power of the air" is so powerful - even supernatural, should Christians just give up trying to live for the glory of God in this present age?

Absolutely not! We have already won the battle through the victory of Christ and the indwelling
Holy Spirit. cf. 1John 4:4

** So who does Satan influence, in whom is he working?

"...the sons of disobedience".

** Who are they?

Those who have not entered God's "rest" (salvation) because of their ongoing disobedience.
cf. Hebrews 4:6 and John 8:39-44, 8:59

V. 3 ** Back in Ephesians 2:3, aren't you glad that we were not ever like those bad people?

Wrong! We too all (like the apostle Paul) formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh!

** In this one verse Paul categorizes the sinner's problem into three categories. What are they?

1) lusts of the flesh - Romans 7:18
2) desires of the flesh and mind - Col.1:21-22
3) by nature children of wrath - John 3:36

** Given that description of who we were in our unbelief to whom does Paul now compare us?

We were just like "the rest". The very sons of disobedience that we met back in verse two.

Well, seeing how desperate our position was in the plan of God's eternal redemption, would anyone like to move on to God's pardon in the plan? Amen!

V. 4 to 7 - God's Pardon in the Plan

V. 4 ** What does the little word "but" indicate in this passage"?

The introduction of a contrast. In this case, fortunately for us, a strong contrast!

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