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.” Paul has an ability to weave in, in two verses, verses 2 and 3; his ability to tell you from verse 1 that ”this our condition.”
Now let me tell you your condition. Your condition is verses 2 and 3: the world, the flesh and the devil.” Now. You may say, ”I’m not that bad.”
Man, I could tell you that I, personally, rationalized. I would say, “Those people are bad. I’m not bad. I’m basically a good person.” That’s what we do. We rationalize our behavior.
And I’ve been highly criticized for this, “Must you abase yourself? Yes, because I want Him to elevate me. This is the problem that happens with almost every single religious leader. Except for Dr. Scott, I have yet to hear a person on the platform of any pulpit say as the speaker, “I’m a sinner, being saved by grace.” I’ve yet to hear somebody step forward and say, “Hey, I’m just like you. The only difference is I’m standing up here having to do this work that God charged me to do. But I’m just like you. I’ve got blood in my veins and I can fall just as hard as you.”
Pastor Melissa Scott continues: You read and you can circle these words in your Bible. They will stand out when you circle them. Circle in verse 2 “the world,” circle “the prince of the power of the air,” that’s the devil and verse 3 circle “the flesh.”
Paul will go on to elaborate it in chapter 6 about “the world, the flesh and the devil.” It says you walked in times past in possession of the world.