The “children of disobedience” are not the unbelievers of today.

There are a lot of people who use Ephesians 2 to speaks about Satan and non-Christians as children of disobedience.

Let me explain.

They take passages like this and read them onto this generation.

Ephesians 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—

Now. Naturally they will put themselves into the good books and call those who don’t believe in Jesus sons of disobedience.

Let’s read on.

Ephesians 2:19-22

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

You begin to realize Paul is not talking about the generation of today.

At the time of writing of Ephesians, the temple stood in Jerusalem.

Hence if Paul is speaking about the construction of a new temple and growing into a temple then the way we read verses 1 and 2 should be different.

It is thus referring to an era of people who refuse to leave the old temple and join those who are Gentiles.

See this part.

Ephesians 2:14-16

For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.

So.

Who are these children of disobedience? What is this spirit that is at work who is dividing the Jews and the Gentiles?

Isn’t it this?

“the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances”

As such who are these children of disobedience?

Are they not the chief priests and the Pharisees of Paul’s days?

The most dangerous “teachers” of today are those who sow hate between mankind because of religion.

Putting themselves into the good books in the name of faith and thereafter condemning the rest just because they subscribe to a dogma.

Whoever that is reading this. Christian or non Christian. You are dearly loved. God loves you and dwells richly in you.

Amen.

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