Tripp purposefully twists the words to present tense and subtly uses the word “we” to imply “all of us” including believers. The in the NT, the context is always PAST tense.
“For if, when we were (past tense!) enemies, we were (past tense!) reconciled to God by the death of his Son…” ~ Romans 5:10
“And you, that were (past tense!) sometime (at one time in the past) alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled” ~ Colossians 1:21
“Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh…that at that time ye WERE without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes WERE far off are [now] made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which WERE afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;” ~ Ephesians 2:11-19 Hallelujah!
” walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ;” ~ Ephesians 4:17-20
Notice in this last passage the distinction made between those who are saved and those who are not (other Gentiles)!
But then, this is the sort of nonsense people fall for when they stop thinking. When they believe the lie that they can’t possibly understand the Bible unless someone explains it to them, so they outsource their brains to those in “authority” to do the heavy lifting for them so that they end up completely missing the plain common sense of scripture that is right in front of their eyes!
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