Most if not all always look forward for presents especially during Christmas. We’re in a state of bliss upon receiving such gifts. We’re also thrilled because of our excitement as we open the gifts we have received. From all the gifts that we have received, there’s nothing that could be compared to the gift that God is offering to us.
I just want to share the most precious gift anyone could have by means of Ephesians 2:1 to 10. Kindly see my observations and explanations for Ephesians 2:1 to 10. Thank you! 🙂
Verse 1: Believers who were in Ephesus were formerly dead in their spiritual state.
Verse 2: They used to live a sinful lifestyle and this lifestyle is in conformity to the patterns of the world. They were also subject to the reign of the ruler of the air which is satan, and satan is at work in their lives because of they’re enslaved to Him.
Verse 3: Paul qualifies that there’s no one who’s exempted because all believers in Ephesus lived among them at one time. He further described that their lifestyle is associated with self-gratification. Paul’s final and overarching description of verses 1 to 3 is that they are by nature children of wrath. That’s why they did the things that they did.
Their cravings, desires, and thoughts are directed by their sinful nature. Since, all of us are sinners and God is just God. We deserve to be punished because we’ve all broken God’s law even once. God’s standard is perfection. He doesn’t weigh our good deeds with our bad deeds and render judgment base which side has more merit. That’s why Paul refers us as children of wrath. We’re people deserving of the wrath of God.
Verse 4: A theologian once said, “Praise God for the buts in the Bible.” Verse 1 to 3 refers to the bad news that sinners face. Verse 4 is the turning point of this bad news. It refers to what God did towards ill-deserving sinners. It describes God as being rich in mercy. And His mercy motivated Him to show His love towards us. Mercy refers to God not giving us what we deserve. The object of this giving should be in the negative (E.g. punishment). Since, we’re sinners, God did not give us what we deserve: wrath.
Verse 5: God’s love is manifested through His actions. In this passage, God’s action is the impartation of spiritual life with Christ. So, we have this newness of life by virtue of our relationship with Christ.
Verse 6: The body couldn’t be separated from the Head. Since, the Christ is the Head of His church. When He was raised, it’s as if His church was also raised with Him although most of the believers were not yet born. When He was seated at the right hand of God, it’s as if also that we were seated even though our glorification refers to our future state. In the Jewish culture, Jewish writers use the past tense of a verb even though it refers to the future to communicate the absolute certainty that the action will absolutely happen.
Verse 7: The reason why God did this is for us to be the recipients of grace in Christ Jesus.
Verse 8: Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. Grace means unmerited favor or unearned kindness. We don’t deserve to be saved by God from His wrath. Yet He did it so that He might show us How wonderful He is. That’s why the package of salvation is referred to as the gift of God because it’s unearned. Faith is the instrument upon which we receive all the benefits and merits that Christ earned in behalf of us. It’s like the medium upon which the graces of God are bestowed to the believer. Faith just simply means trusting in the person and work of Jesus. It’s trusting that He saved you because you couldn’t save yourself. He did it by taking upon Himself the wrath of God because of our sins. He also gives us the perfect righteousness that He earned because of His perfect obedience to the Father.
Verse 9: It’s never attained by works so that no one can boast of His salvation.
Verse 10: We’re new creatures in union with Christ. As new creatures made and designed by our Almighty Creator, we have new dispositions. These dispositions are geared towards God. That’s why we now desire the things that God desires and our actions are directed to the path that God prepared in advance. So, good works is an outflow of the fact that we’re new creatures. God designed us to do good works.
That’s why the author of Hebrews asked a rhetorical question, “How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.”
Come to Christ and embrace Christ. He’ll never cast you away and He’ll give you eternal life.
Hope you are blessed. God bless!