The Plight Of The Sinner

Ephesians 2:12

INTRO: Probably most sinners do not realize the condition they are actually in. If they had full realization of it, they may well be disposed to do something about it. Note the plight of those apart from Christ in the light of our text.

    A. "Ye are without Christ ..."
        1. Makes spiritual blessings impossible (cf. Eph. 1:3).
        2. Without his there is no remission of sins (Heb. 9:22; 1 Pet. 1:18-19).
    B. Christ is our Savior.
        1. Born for that purpose (Matt. 1:21).
        2. Came to "seek and save the lost" (Lk. 19:10).
        3. Therefore, no salvation without him (Acts 4:12).
    C. He is our guiding light.
        1. World in darkness without him (John 1:4-5)..

A. "Aliens from the commonwealth of Israel ..."
        1. None seem more friendless than an alien in a strange country!
    B. But Jesus wants to be our friend.
        1. That friendship based on our obedience (John 14:14-15).
        2. Referred to the multitude as "friends" (Lk. 12:4).
    C. The sinner does not enjoy this friendship with Christ.
        1. Only enjoyed by walking in his light (1 John 1:6-7).

A. "Strangers from the covenants of promise ..."
        1. "Stranger" may imply one away from home (Matt. 25:35).
    B. But some were "reconciled to God" (Eph. 2:16).
        1. Now - "no more strangers ..." (Eph. 2:19).
    C. What "home" is to the weary traveler.
        1. Rest and comfort.
        2. Contentment.
        3. Happiness.
            i. Sinners do not enjoy these in a spiritual way.

A. "Having no hope ..."
        1. What a terrible condition!
        2. Only hope is for the sinner to obey God (Rom. 6:17).
    B. Christians have the hope of many things.
        1. The resurrection (Acts 23"6' 24"15).
        2. Salvation (Rom. 8:24; 1 Thess. 5:8).
        3. Heaven (Col. 1:5).
        4. Glorification (Col. 1:27).
        5. Eternal life (Tit. 1:2).
    C. The sinner does not enjoy any of these.
        1. "... others which have no hope" (1 Thess. 4:13).

    A. "Without God in the world."
        1. Separation from God a terrible condition.
        2. Brought about by man's sin (Isa. 59:1-2).
    B. Cannot be saved without God.
        1. Provides all things necessary (2 Pet. 1:3).
        2. Without God and Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5).
        3. The sinner "hath not God" (2 John 9).

CONCLUSION: While Paul was dealing in our text with the condition of the gentiles as a people before their conversion, the same might be said of the sinner today. Are you yet a sinner? If so, then the things above fairly represent your plight!