Presentation on theme: "Studies in Ephesians Ephesians 2:4-10. Ephesians 2:1-3 We were dead in trespasses Sins, walking according to the course of this world Sons of disobedience."— Presentation transcript:
Ephesians 2:1-3 We were dead in trespasses Sins, walking according to the course of this world Sons of disobedience By nature, children of wrath Cf. Romans 7:13-25
God, Rich in mercy and love (4) “But God” – where our salvation begins! A God of mercy – kindness and concern, Deut. 4:31, Psa. 116:5, 1 Peter 1:3 God of love – John 3:16 1 John 4:7-11 Rich and great
Made us alive with Christ (5) “even when we were dead in trespasses” – wrongdoing, violating moral standards, sin. Spiritual death. We are made alive in Christ – the antithesis of the above death. Jesus made this possible. HOW do we come in contact with the death of Jesus? Colossians 2:11-13, Rom. 6:3-6, Gal. 3:27
Made us alive with Christ (5) “By grace you have been saved ” – Grace – God’s gift offered to all mankind. His grace relives the guilt of our sin Grace is God’s part in our salvation! He sent Jesus, gave us His word, prayer, the church, Rom. 5:8-11
Raised us up together… (6-7) We are not just made alive… We are raised up together – Not just alive, but changed! Spiritually – we are a new creation. 2 Cor. 5:17, Col. 3:9-11, “together” – Paul and us… Romans 6:5
Raised us up together… (6-7) Made us sit together in the heavenly places in Him – Our spiritual inheritance creation ( Eph. 1:11-12) our citizenship – Phil. 3:20, Eph. 2:19, our anchor is there – Heb. 6:19; Heb. 12:12 Colossians 3:1-2
Raised us up together… (6-7) “that in the ages to come” Possibly the “ages” has reference to generations, dispensation, lifetime, etc. since Christ came. NOTE: Since Christ came, spiritual law has not changed! ( Heb. 13:8 )
Raised us up together… (6-7) “He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in HIs kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” AGAIN, this is HOW God demonstrates His love (His part). He ads, “kindness”
Saved by grace through faith (8-9) Grace – God’s part (summarizing our context) Up to this point, Paul has not dealt with anything we do to receive the gift of God’s grace – salvation.
Saved by grace through faith (8-9) Faith – Paul appeals to man’s part in his salvation. Faith – trusting God (not merely trusting in God) and believing God (not merely believing in God)
Saved by grace through faith (8-9) Faith – man’s part. Luke 6:46 Belief means we will obey! Matthew 7:21-23 John 3:36
Saved by grace through faith (8-9) Faith – man’s part. John 3:36, “He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” “Believes” πιστεύω (pisteuo) “Does not believe” ἀ πειθέω (apeitheo) does not obey! Obedience is tied to belief!
Saved by grace through faith (8-9) Faith – man’s part. “not of yourselves, it is the gift of God” Salvation is not and cannot be earned! It is a gift. Luke 17:10 But you must accept it (by faith)
Saved by grace through faith (8-9) Faith – man’s part. “not of works, lest anyone should boast” This is WHY we cannot earn our salvation – lest we brag! That implies a certain TYPE of works.
Saved by grace through faith (8-9) Faith – man’s part. How does this apply to baptism? Isn’t baptism a work? Yes, but not meritorious. It is a work in the same way faith is a work – 1 Thess. 1:3, 2 Thess. 1:11, James 2:14-18
Saved by grace through faith (8-9) Faith – man’s part. Belief is a work – John 6:28-29 Jesus said, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him who sent Me.” If Ephesians 2:8-9 teaches no type of work is involved in our salvation, then belief is not necessary according to Jesus
Saved by grace through faith (8-9) Faith – man’s part. Baptism is a work of faith! Colossians 2:11-12, raised with Him through faith in the working of God. 1 Peter 3:21, “not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God” Baptism is about believing God and His promises
We are His workmanship (10) Our salvation is His work! (That is why we emphasize His grace) Created in Christ Jesus for good works – our faith is NOT about mere mental assent! James 2:14-24
We are His workmanship (10) Which God prepared before hand that we should walk in them. God tells us what to do! Titus 2:14, 3:1, 8, 14 Condemnation awaits those who do not obey – 1 Peter 4:17, Romans 2:8-9, Heb. 3:18-19 ἀ πειθέω (apeitheo) disobey!
God’s grace has made us alive Have you responded to His grace?