A Note from Our Pastor:

Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Ephesians 2:2-3

Good Morning Dearly Beloved,

In the prior verse, the Apostle tells us that we have been made alive spiritually by the work of God through the act of regeneration. He also tells us that prior to that new birth, we were dead in trespasses and in sins. As he continues in verses two and three, we are told how we functioned prior to our regeneration.

When the Apostle uses the phrase “our conversation” the meaning is our manner of life or walk. The Apostle is noting what most of us could observe about our own lives, prior to our new birth we walked in a sinful state choosing our own lusts, our own desires, and creating things in our imaginations to pursue.

We know and recognize the truth that God chose a people before the foundation of the world. He loved us according to his covenant and he kept that covenant by his own power which is greater than any other force. However, we also recognize that prior to the application of that covenant and the blood of Jesus Christ in our lives, we did not and could not act like children of God.

As much as we might want to deny the truth of these two verses, doing so would deny the truth of our salvation. Because if before the new birth we were able to do good, if we were able to praise God, if we were able to seek him then the story of salvation looks far different. The reality is though, that despite how ugly these verses paint us, they are the truth of scripture.

In our past walk we did not seek the things of God. Thanks be unto God that he changed our hearts, minds, and walks.

Our Prayers are with you daily,

Brother Jeremiah

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