Reflection on Eph 2:1-2Post date: 2017-05-06
Reflection on Eph 2:1-2
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 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.”
We could entitle this word of life as follows: “We have passed from death into life”. “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked…” Without Christ people live in their trespasses and sins, and are spiritually dead. There is a kind of power which keeps them in the system of death. The Apostle refers to it as the course, or the system of this world, which prompts people to follow demonic inspiration, i.e. the prince of the power of the air whom the Apostle calls the spirit of evil. Where is this spirit, this prince of the power of the air, at work? He is at work in those who refuse to obey God.
Verse 3 reads: “…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.” Verse 4, however, shows the solution: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…”
It is important that we should not go back under the power of the spirit of lies, especially that we should not return to various superstitions or divination practices, old or modern forms of magic and divination which are promoted and offered even in the mass media. It concerns e.g. the promotion of the zodiac and the faith connected with it which is subject to the spirit of lies, or the faith in various extrasensory individuals or so-called alternative healing practices connected with yin and yang, different energies, feng shui – home decoration, magic objects and the like. Little by little, these practices make one lose the saving faith as well as trust in God’s help.
We read in the Gospel that many sick people came to Jesus and He healed both their body and soul. And Christ is the same; we only need to have the same faith as those people in the Gospel and we need to know that if God does not answer our prayer immediately, it is not without meaning; we only need to be patient. God causes even suffering to serve our higher good, even though we do not understand it. If we remain faithful in trials, He will show or directly reveal to us why such a long test of faith was necessary. No prayer or trust in Him is in vain. The more we pray, the greater the blessing will be. Let us think of St Monica who prayed for the conversion of Augustine for 18 years; and there are some who even prayed for someone’s conversion for 60 years. How great was then the grace which was granted to them.
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