“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,” (Ephesians 2:1 NKJV)
We all have a past.
If we are saved then we were saved from something.
If we are a member of God’s church then at one time we were a member of the world.
Don’t have a past you say? Then you don’t have a future with God!
The thought that Paul shares in Ephesians 2:1 keeps arrogance and haughtiness out of our lives. It reminds us about the importance of humility. It tells us that we were on track for Hell, but God’s grace changed our destination (Ephesians 2:4-9).
Forget this and we become like the Pharisee named Simon (Luke 7:36-50).
Our present is not meant to be our past; our past is not meant to control us. But that does not mean we should forget it to the extent that we lose the benefit of remembering it and allowing it guide our new life in Christ.
“in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” (Ephesians 2:2-3 NKJV)