by Ernest Easley

Dr. Ernest L. Easley
September 12, 1999
Ephesians 2.1-10

Now join me tonight in the New Testament book of Ephesians.
And once there, turn to chapter 2. Ephesians 2.

Somebody once noted that Longfellow could take a sheet a paper,
write a poem on it and make it worth $100,00.00. That's called talent!
Rockefeller could sign a piece of paper and make it worth a million dollars.
That's called capital! A mechanic can take a material worth $5.00 and
make it into something worth $50.00. That's called skill. But God can
take a sinful life and then wash it and cleanse it, then put the Holy Spirit
into it and make it priceless! That's called salvation!

The best thing I ever did was to receive Jesus Christ into my life. I
mean, to exchange my way of living for His way of living. And that's what
Paul is talking about here in Ephesians 2.

Look there if you will, Ephesians 2. It's in verses 1-3 Paul
describes our grave clothes: our old condition before receiving Jesus.
Paul says, "We were dead in trespasses and sins." Grave clothes!

That's what we were before Jesus came into our life: Living corpses!
Under the bondage and burden of the world, the flesh, and the Devil!
We were in the same kind of bondage that the children of Israel were
under while wondering in the desert in search of the Promised Land!

And do you know what? I'm talking to some people here tonight that are
still in that desert! I mean, you're wandering from one thing to the
other hoping to find peace! Hoping to find rest! In fact, you may be
wondering as you're wandering if there is such a thing in this life as peace
and rest!

And let me say to you who have that peace and rest, don't be too hard
on them! It wasn't that long ago that you were in that same desert!
So, verses 1-3 deal with our grave clothes! Our condition before receiving
Jesus. "Who were dead in trespasses and sins."

Then beg ...

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