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To begin the new year we are kicking off with messages that are evangelistic in both object and nature.

“The Answer to Eternity’s Most Important Questions” is the theme for this series.

Today we are talking about What It Means to Be Lost.

Text

Ephesians 2:1-2 (AMP)

Made Alive in Christ

2 And you [He made alive when you] were [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of your transgressions and sins, 

2 in which you once walked. You were following the ways of this world [influenced by this present age], in accordance with the prince of the power of the air (Satan), the spirit who is now at work in the disobedient [the unbelieving, who fight against the purposes of God].

Scripture Reading

Ephesians 2:1-3 (AMP)

Prayer

Father, You have given us all gifts, and we give You this day the gift of ourselves.

We thank You for life, for the strength to earn money, and for the motivation to return a portion to You.

Use these gifts in a way that brings glory to Your name, strength to Your cause, and power to Your church. 

We give our lives to You, for You have given the greatest of all gifts to us, Your Son Jesus Christ.

In Jesus name we pray.

Amen.

Introduction

Occasionally we hear on the news that a mine has caved in and people are trapped in the tunnel.

We feel some of the despair of the families as they Grimley mutter, “they are lost!”

But, someone might say, “They are not lost. We know exactly where they are in the tunnel.”

The family response could then be, “they are as lost as if they were one hundred kilometres underground. We cannot reach them. We know where they are, but they are lost.”

This story expresses the condition of those who are spiritually lost, without Christ and without salvation.

We know where they are alright.

But they are still lost without Christ.

For an answer to the question, “What does it mean to be lost?” There is no better place to start than Ephesians 2.

  1. To be lost is to be spiritually dead.

The lost person is cut off from the spiritual life and power that we find in Christ.

Therefore that condition of the lost person is death.

Spiritual death is brought about by sin.

Specific acts of sin are the result of the general habit of sin in someones life.

These habitual sins kill all spiritual sensitivity.

Some of what we know as sin many people refer to as good living.

But we know that sin takes its toll on people, playing with the devil pays off, but he pays in counterfeit money.

Romans 6:23 (AMP)

23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God [that is, His remarkable, overwhelming gift of grace to believers] is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

2. To be lost is to be hopelessly enslaved.

  1. Enslaved by the spirit of the age.

Ephesians 2:1-2 (ESV)

By Grace Through Faith

2 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 

2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—

Think of things that characterise the spirit of our age or the ways of this world, greed, lust, pride, selfishness, unrestrained and undisciplined actions.

B. Enslaved by the power of satan.

Ephesians 2:2 (AMP)

2 in which you once walked. You were following the ways of this world [influenced by this present age], in accordance with the prince of the power of the air (Satan), the spirit who is now at work in the disobedient [the unbelieving, who fight against the purposes of God].

The people of Paul’s day believed the air was filled with evil spirits.

These spirits were ruled by the prince of the power of the air, the devil himself.

In our day we have relegated the devil to cartoons and caricatures.

But if we look closely at the world, we can see the power of evil is still loose.

Satan is directing the spirit of the age.

If the world actually understood that they are being guided by the devil, I think most of them would change their ways, but in my experience the devil works slyly.

C. Enslaved by a spirit of rebellion.

Ephesians 2:2 (AMP) says, “the spirit who is now at work in the disobedient [the unbelieving, who fight against the purposes of God].”

Paul is referring to those whose lives are characterised by disobedience, the very essence of sin.

From the time Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden until now, disobedience has been the heart of sin.

D. Enslaved by our own desires.

The desires of the flesh and of the mind control the life.

Flesh in the Bible and fleshly sins do not refer only to sexual sins.

In Pauls list of sins of the flesh in Galatians 5:19-21, he includes with adultery and fornication other sins of idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, wrath, strife, envy, and so on.

Galatians 5:19-21 (AMP)

19 Now the practices of the sinful nature are clearly evident: they are sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality (total irresponsibility, lack of self-control), 

20 idolatry, [c]sorcery, hostility, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions [that promote heresies], 

21 envy, drunkenness, riotous behavior, and other things like these. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

The flesh is the lower part of our nature, the flesh is that part of our nature that gives sin a point of attack.

3. To be lost is to be an object of wrath.

Ephesians 2:3 (ESV)

3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

How vividly this expresses the fact that those who are lost and without Christ await the wrath of God and are objects of His wrath.

God’s wrath is not some whimsical thing.

In the New Testament the wrath of God refers to His settled opposition to sin.

Part of God’s wrath is revealed in the life of the lost person.

Look at those whose lives have been lived in sin.

They have become callous, hardened, and insensitive.

God’s wrath as a natural result of their sin has caused them to lose much of what is the finest and best in life.

But God’s wrath also has a future aspect.

The apostle Paul warned of our stubbornness and unrepentant hearts causing us to store up wrath against ourselves for the day of God’s wrath, when His righteous judgement will be revealed.

Romans 2:5 (AMP)

5 But because of your callous stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are [deliberately] storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.

The Bible confirms the judgement of God on our sin.

Conclusion.

We have seen what it means to be lost, and thank God that no one has to remain lost.

Everyone can be saved.

Ephesians 2:1-3 describes the condition of the lost.

Ephesians 2:4-5 (AMP) however, say,

4 But God, being [so very] rich in mercy, because of His great and wonderful love with which He loved us, 

5 even when we were [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of our sins, He made us [spiritually] alive together with Christ (for by His grace—His undeserved favor and mercy—you have been saved from God’s judgment). 

Charles Spurgeon never tired of telling the story of how he was saved.

He had been trying to save himself by his own works.

The one rainy Sunday morning he wandered into a little chapel and sat down with the few worshippers who were there.

That morning the minister preached on the text Isaiah 45:22 (AMP)

22 “Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth;

For I am God, and there is no other.

At the close of his sermon, he pointed his long boney finger at Spurgeon and said, “Look! Look unto Him, young man! Look unto Jesus, and you will be saved!”

That morning Spurgeon looked unto Jesus and was saved.

Until next time

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