Quite often we fail to realize the seriousness of being out of Christ. We lightheartedly, laughingly refer to sin with the implication that it isn’t so bad. We even attempt to measure the quality of a man by the sins he has committed. Oh, we don’t want the grievous sins... just the little social sins. But Paul doesn’t make a distinction. He merely shows the danger of sin and how it separates one from God.
To be dead doesn’t mean to be unconscious or going out of existence. To be dead is to change relationships .. to be separate from the former relationships. They do not have any more to do with the things under the sun (Eccl.9:6).They are in a completely new set of relationships.
To be dead in sin is to be isolated by that sin from God... He is as cut off from God as a man in the grave is cut off from us. “The hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.” (John 5:25).
Remember when we hear the gospel, believe in Christ, repent and are baptized, our relationships changed. We are no longer dead in sin we are dead TO sin... we are alive to God (Romans 6:11).
Sinners walk according to two things: One, they are walking according to the course of this world; Two, they are minding worldly things, more concerned and centered in the affairs o f this world than the spiritual. That is they are walking and living according to the prince of the power of the air (Satan). This is the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience. There is a real devil ... he directs the lives of those in sin. There are really only two directives of life that we may, or must, choose: Christ of Satan.
It is evident that both Jews and Gentiles had their manner of life, in the desires of the flesh, and of the mind and they were by nature children of wrath. Nature refers to a conduct practiced so long and habitually that it has become our natural way of living... this is the effect of our transgressions.