Ephesians

Ephesians 2:1-10 By Grace Through Faith.

The same power that raised Christ from the dead and has seated Him at the right hand of the Father to rule and reign, is the power which has made the saints alive from being “dead in trespasses and sins.” (v. 1 Cf. Eph. 4:18; Col. 2:13) This is a power greater than “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.” (v. 2 Cf. Eph. 6:12; Col. 1:21; 3:6) The power of the Son is greater in the world, including in the lives of the saints. We all were once “by nature children of wrath,” given over to lust in body and mind, serving the evil one’s purposes (v. 3). Therefore to deny Christ’s dominion over all, is not only to deny His resurrection, but it is also to deny the gospel, which “is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.” (Rom. 1:16) In reality, the power at work in our salvation is a subset of the power which God exercises over all, and Christ in His messianic reign.

It is a salvation which flows from mercy, for it is entirely undeserved. Indeed, while we were dead in trespasses and sins, His love rescued us, and “made us alive together with Christ.” (v. 4) This is what it means to be saved by grace (v. 5). This salvation and the power thereof also extends to us sharing in Christ’s reign (v. 6). It is a salvation not confined to one event, such as sins forgiven, nor of one age only. It is a salvation which extends to include His sovereign will and purpose that His will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Cf. Mt. 6:10; 28:18-20). We are His workmanship to walk in the good works He has prepared for us (v. 10) “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (vv. 8-9) The entire package of salvation ‘by grace through faith’ is the gift of God. Those who were dead cannot even boast of the most important necessity on their part-that of faith. Those dead, are made alive.

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