Ephesians 2:1-10 (ESV) 1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
“For by grace you (we) have been saved”
I’ve been saved.
1. We were DEAD in our trespass and sin.
Eph. 2:1-2 (ESV) 1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience
1.1. Trespass is a deviation from truth.
1.1.1. Crossed the boundary line.
1.1.2. When you find yourself on another person’s property you just hope that they are understanding.
1.1.3. It is hard to say when exactly this happens for each child but at some point the need for salvation becomes clear and obvious. 1.2. Sin is missing the mark,
1.2.1. that which is done wrong,
1.2.2. an offense,
1.2.3. a violation of the divine law in thought or in act
1 Peter 4:1 Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles
1.3. Enough time has been spent doing the wrong thing.
1.4. Ela… sin has similar qualities to sugar. Does not accomplish anything good in our body but sure taste good and we have a hard time resisting.
Ex: The pralines that showed up in my pantry. Hard to pass up.
Hebrews 11:24 – 26 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
1.5. Now we walk in obedience to Christ and His Word walking in the Spirit.
1.5.1. one whose heart is not in submission is led this direction.
1.5.2. Disobedience to God opens the door to the spirit of the world.
1.5.3. Following the ways of the world.
1.6. We ALL once followed the desires of the body and mind.
Eph 2:3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
2. BUT GOD, rich in mercy loved us.
Eph. 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,
2.1. As beautiful as the streets of gold are, and the value of the pearly gates, all the cattle on a thousand hills, all the starry host in the heavens, all the assets in the universe … His greatest riches displayed to human kind is His love, mercy and grace.
2.2. mercy: kindness or good will towards the miserable and the afflicted, joined with a desire to help them (g1656)
2.3. Our Spirit is made alive instantaneously.
2.4. Our body is not saved and needs ot be made new. 2.5. Our mind needs to be renewed.
3. By GRACE you have been saved.
Eph. 2:5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
3.1.By GRACE you have been saved, By GRACE you have been saved.
3.1.1.When God saw mankind
3.1.2.Before mankind was
3.1.3.Plagued with sin like a leprosy, incurable, extremely contagious,
3.1.4.He hardened not his heart
3.1.5.But devised a plan to send His son.
3.1.6.With eyes full of fire
3.1.7.And His heart full of desire
3.1.8.For the Sons of God
3.1.9.To come into salvation.
3.2. The undeserving favor of God freely offered to a person’s life.
3.3. Grace provides the way for us to live forgiven and free from sin.
Romans 6:15-16 (NKJV) 15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 3.4. Grace is not so that we continue to live in sin.
3.5. What is salvation if it’s work does not set us free from the slavery to sin.
Romans 6:17-18 (NKJV) 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
4. Working out our salvation.
Philippians 2:12-13 ESV Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
4.1.The saved person’s life is on a different course,
4.2. Work out: to fashion i.e. render one fit for a thing
4.3.following a different set of guidelines.
4.4. Searched with tears
4.5. Fall short of grace
Hebrews 12:14-17 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.
Conclusion: Justified by faith.
Romans 5:1-2 (NKJV) 1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
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Sins are forgiven. Sins removed.
Peace with God.