1Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world.a He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.
“You used to live in sin…obeying the devil…following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature…just like everyone else.” Do you admit that you were once in the same soup of sin and no different than the most disgusting of sinners around you….or do you think this Bible passage its author (God) are wrong in this passage?
Can you be that humble?
Sometimes I think of the pit of disgust I have been rescued from and I thank God I spent time there. I can safely say that few people have lived in worse depravity. A little flash from my memory and I can be awash in humility. But so many have been “pretty good” most of their lives. Does that describe you? This passage lumps us all in the same crowd. We’re there in prisons with the murders, thieves and rapist. All of us following and obeying the devil.