1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 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:
3 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.
When you read these verses you understand Paul begins to get personal with us, the word "you" identifies that the letter is written to a particular group of people, and it is clear after reading chapter one he is writing to the Church.
Chapter one reminds us who to praise.
Chapter two reminds us why to praise.
The first three verses in the second Chapter Paul begins to do something that offends most people; he starts to pull up our past.
Why would he do such a thing? Why not just let us forget about who we were?
After all, we are a new creature in Christ.
I believe that it is important to remember who you were. If you forget who you were, you will never truly understand who you are. When we look back at our lives and see the path we were once on, and the darkness of the world in which we were living, we will then see the true value of being quickened (made alive). I believe this is one reason Paul sees the importance of this reminder.
When we think of who we were then see who we are in Christ we can't help but to glorify our Savior for the wonderful gift of salvation.
Pastor Todd McClain