It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us (Ephesians 2:5 The Message).
Ephesians 2:1-10 The Message
Ephesians 2:1-10 In Your Bible
Paul says we all were apart from God, living our lives anyway we wanted and we let the world form our thought process. Then, God had mercy on those who believe Jesus is the Christ.
Alive in Christ
When we followed the way the world, we were spiritually dead. But we came alive when we accepted Jesus and began to live God’s way. Then, he took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us (Ephesians 2:6 The Message)!
God Does it – Trust Him
Mankind thrives on the thought of achievement – “my achievement” – and we quickly take take credit for any success. But that’s not God’s way. With the mind of Christ, we can regain God’s thinking to employ his tasks – not merely ours.
Saving [Salvation] is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role . . . He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing (Ephesians 2:8,10 The Message).
God, our Creator is acutely interested in mankind, “Anything of spiritual significance that happens in your life will be a result of God’s activity in you. He is infinitely more concerned with your life and your relationship with Him than you or I could possibly be.” *
Prayer: Father, with you in me and I in you…..all things are possible. Thank you for Christ Jesus my Savior.
Question: What does the statement “you have been spiritually dead” prior to accepting Christ, mean to you? As a young believer did some Scriptures seem hard to understand? How does the Holy Spirit guide and help you gain understanding?
* Experiencing God: How to Live the Full Adventure of Knowing and Doing the Will of God, Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King, B&H Publishing, 2004.