And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
In our previous devotional, we saw that those who are without Christ (pictured by Gentiles in our text), when left to themselves, are rebellious, rejecting His worship, separated from Him, unacceptable in His sight and unable to please Him in anyway. What a horrible condition to be in!
Paul wrote more about this condition in Ephesians 2:1-3…
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.
In this text, we can see that the spiritual Gentile (lost individual) is described in 5 different, but related ways…
1. dead in trespasses and sins – lacking spiritual life, disobedient to God and unable to change themselves
2. walked according to the course of this world – following the path of the sinful age in which they were living
3. walked…according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: – following the path Satan has laid for them.
4. conversation… in the lusts of our flesh fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind – possessing a lifestyle that seeks to fulfill the sinful desires of their fallen natures
5. were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. – due to their fallen condition, they are deserving God’s wrath (from birth) as all others
The condition of a lost man is horrendous indeed.
They are described as dead, in a state of displeasure before God, and unable to change of their own ability. They are naturally continuing on a sinful path of disobedience which is laid out for them by Satan, and endorsed by the lusts proceeding from their fallen natures. Because of all of this, they are deserving and appointed to face the eternal wrath of Almighty God.
But praise the Lord, the lost man’s condition is not totally hopeless. This Ephesians text goes farther and says…
“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;)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast. Eph 2:4-9 KJV
By God’s gracious intervention in our lives, turning from our sins and by faith accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior, we can be delivered from this horrible condition of spiritual death and rebellion against Almighty God.
We will look at what Christ has done for us in our next devotional.
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation