The passage in Ephesians 2 starts off highlighting our need for a Savior.
And although you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you formerly lived … and were by nature children of wrath … (Eph 2:1-3 NET)
Paul addresses the Ephesians as those who were dead. In doing so he leaves the reader hanging.
This chapter, as noted in the translation notes in the NET, starts off with an incomplete sentence. The participle finds its completion in verse 4 and 5 where we learn that we are “made alive together with Christ”.
What does Paul mean by the term “dead”?
Some possibilities include:
- physical death
- spiritual death
- the natural inability to do good or respond to the gospel
In his treatise Dialogue with Trypho, Justin Martyr, a 2nd century Christian philosopher, explains the meaning of the Christmas story to Trypho. This story uses a popular literary format to present an argument in the form of a discussion (modeled after Plato) and explores the Jewish rejection of the Messiah using the Socratic method of questions.
For the last two weeks our church has been helping Isaac in his work distributing sanitary buckets. Yesterday, Isaac sent his thanks along with some pictures of the two communities along Marshall Highway that he was able to reach. Marshall Highway is a major dirt road that connects several villages including Ben Town. The Cross Way training center, water well, and school are all off this road.
Each of the buckets shown is filled with medicine and medical supplies used to disinfect items and to protect the people from the Ebola virus. Continue reading