Two Classes Of People
In Ephesians 2:2, Paul talks about “the children of disobedience.” This verse introduces a discussion of the classification God makes of responsible individuals. God classifies each one of us in one of two categories: people who belong to the world and those who are members of the church.
The term “children of disobedience” identifies people in the world. They live according to “the prince of the power of the air,” a terminology referring to the devil. In other words, they live under the influence and the rule of the devil – what he tells them to do is what they do. They are to the devil like puppets and he pulls on the strings.
Also, they live according to a certain “spirit,” that is the dominant thoughts of the age in which they live. Our era, the 21st century, has been characterized by such thoughts as the claim that a man or a woman can lust after his or her own gender (a man with a man and woman with a woman). That was the trend back in the first century too (Romans 1:26-27). Indeed, “there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9).
While the world pledges allegiance to Satan, Christians submit to the authority of Christ (Colossians 3:17) and do not conform to the world (Romans 12:2). Worldly people think carnally, but Christians focus on spiritual things (Romans 8:5-9). This is the fundamental difference between the two classes of people.