Scripture: Ephesians 2

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READ and STUDY the WORD

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Made Alive In Christ

Ephesians 2:1-10 (WEB) 1 You were made alive when you were dead in transgressions and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience. We also all once lived among them in the lusts of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, for His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with Him, and made us to sit with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus; for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one would boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.

Questions and Answers: (F.Y.I. These answers apply to us too.)

1. Before the Ephesians became Christians in what condition did Paul tell them they were (Ephesians 2:1-2a)? They were dead in their transgressions and sins. They were walking according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air (satan).

2. In whom does the prince of the power of the air dwell (Ephesians 2:2b)? The prince of the air dwells in the children of disobedience.

3. How did Paul say they all once lived (Ephesians 2:3)? All once lived in the lusts of their flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind.  And by nature, were children of wrath.

4. What did God do for the Ephesians (and us) even when they (and we) were dead through their (our) trespasses (Ephesians 2:5-7)? Even when they were dead through their own trespasses, God made them alive together with Christ.  For by grace they have been saved.  God raised them up with Him, and made them to sit with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in kindness toward them in Christ Jesus. 

5. Why did God do this (Ephesians 2:4)? Because God was rich in mercy and love he gave them (and us) the one and only way to be saved.

6. What is God’s gift to us all (Ephesians 2:8-9)? Salvation is a gift given to us by God.  Salvation cannot be earned.  

7. Whose workmanship are we (Ephesians 2:10)? We are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works. 

One In Christ

Ephesians 2:11-22 (WEB) 11 Therefore remember that once you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “uncircumcision” by that which is called “circumcision” (in the flesh, made by hands), 12 that you were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off are made near in the blood of Christ. 14 For He is our peace, who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the hostility, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, that He might create in Himself one new man of the two, making peace, 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, having killed the hostility through it. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far off and to those who were near. 18 For through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and of the household of God, 20 being built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the chief cornerstone; 21 in whom the whole building, fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.

Questions and Answers:

1. Where were the Gentiles at one time (Ephesians 2:11-12)? The Gentiles were at one time separated from Christ.  They were alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

2. Where are the Gentiles now (Ephesians 2:13)? They were once far away but have now been brought near through the blood of Christ.

3. Who is Christ and what has He done for us (Ephesians 2:14-16)? Christ is our peace.  He has made both the Jews and Gentiles one by breaking down the middle wall of separation.  Christ abolished in His flesh the hostility, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that He might create in Himself one new man of the two, making peace.  So that He might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, having killed the hostility through it. 

4. What did Christ do when He came to mankind (Ephesians 2:17)? Christ came and preached peace to those far off and those who were near. 

5. What do we have through Christ (Ephesians 2:18)? Through Christ we have access in one Spirit to the Father.

6. So now who are we (Ephesians 2:19)? We are no longer strangers and foreigners but fellow citizens with the saints and those of the household of God.

7. Who is the foundation and who is the chief cornerstone (Ephesians 2:20-22)? The foundation is the apostles and prophets and Christ Jesus is Himself the chief cornerstone in whom the whole building fits together as a holy temple in the Lord. We are built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.

HEAR the WORD

Ephesians 2:4-6 (WEB) But God, being rich in mercy, for His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with Him, and made us to sit with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  God the creator of the universe loves us so much that He wants us to live forever with Him. WOW!

MEMORIZE the WORD

Ephesians 2:4-6 (NIV) And because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We cannot out love God.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

And we need to share God’s love with everyone.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, thank You for Your great love for us (Ephesians 2:4).  Lord, thank You for making us alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5a).  Lord, thank You for saving us (Ephesians 2:5b).  Lord, thank You for raising us up with Christ and seating us in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 2:6).  Lord, thank You for the gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:8).  Lord, I pray we will do the good works which You have prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). Lord, thank You for bringing us near through the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13).  Lord, thank You for destroying the barrier that had divided us (Ephesians 2:14). Lord, thank You for making us into a dwelling in which You live by Your Spirit (Ephesians 2:22).   In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT                                                                                     

“May you and I experience all God has for us.” <>< Dona