“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)”
• Ephesians 2 has a timeline of who we were before we accepted Christ, who we are through Christ, and God’s plan for us in the future.
• Conversation in verse 3 means lifestyle.
• Mercy – you didn’t get what you had coming to you.
• Grace – you received what you didn’t deserve.
• The war exists between those who live submitted to the kingdom of God and those who don’t.
• The war between two kingdoms, the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of this world.
• Verse 2, according is rooted in the word accord, meaning agreement. On the day of pentecost, in Acts 2, they were all in one accord.
• When we walked with the world, we lived as if there’s only one life and that we should live like it.
“They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.”
• Everything that you say and do seven days a week should be advancing the Word of God.
• Whatever principles you live by determines the prince that you belong to.
• Principle and principally both have the same root word that means “first in rank.” Who/what are we putting first in our lives?
• Ephesians 2:2 tells us that at one time we walked with the course of the world, we were in harmony/one accord with the world.
• The enemy is working to prevent the principles of God from taking root and being applied in our lives.
• Your prince is determined by the principles you live by. Whoever has the most influence over your life is dictating the course of your life.
• Satan is using the world to advance his kingdom. Satan cannot work in your life except for the areas you agree with him. He’ll keep trying things until he finds something that you agree with him on. He cannot use you to advance principles you don’t agree with.
“Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.”
• Jesus cannot enrich and bless your life only through a relationship with him on Sunday.
• You’ve got to eat the meat of the word to have strength and advance the kingdom.
• No matter who Jesus was talking to, he could relate to anyone.
• No one had anything on him.
• There’s no conversation like the one he had with Satan in Matthew 4. Satan tempted Jesus saying that if earthly fathers gives good gifts, why has your father given you stone instead of bread when you’re hungry.
• Jesus responded with the word, He told Satan that shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
“Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die.”
• He will draw men unto Him so that men would not be under satan anymore.
• 1 Corinthians 2:8 says: “Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
• It was thought the cross that Jesus would make salvation available to us all.
“I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
• Satan is doing whatever he can to get you to advance his agenda.
• “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2
• “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:” Galatians 1:4
• “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” Galatians 6:14
• If you’ve been born again you have to decide that you will be in this world but by the principles of the Word.
• Don’t let Jesus be your Prince of Peace on Sunday and then agree with and yield yourself to every foul principality Monday through Saturday.