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"Ephesians Chapter 2" with Sergio Arguello

posted Jul 16, 2014, 7:30 PM by Media Ministry   [ updated Jul 25, 2014, 12:43 AM ]

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1.      Once Objects of Wrath

Ephesians 2:1-4

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

1.   Left to ourselves, our natural state is not only disobedient in nature but dead spiritually speaking.

2.   We were also dead as it relates to salvation.

3.   The reasons for this spiritual dead and disobedient state are that those who are dead follow the ruler of the kingdom of the air (Satan) and that his spirit is at work in the disobedient.

4.   Gentiles used to live this way and Jews lived among them gratifying their sinful nature.  All were lost and deserving of wrath.  No one group was better off than the other, all were by nature deserving of wrath.  Key word here: AT ONE TIME.

5.   This continues to this day, without God we are objects of wrath, as we once lived this way. 

2.  In Love: Saved For a Purpose

Ephesians 2:4-10

But 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, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

1.   Because of His great love!  God loves people of His own will, not because we merit His love, but because He chose to love us.

2.   On top of this he shows His rich mercy to those people chosen by Him (Christian and Jew alike) who choose to be in Him.

3.   God’s rich mercy does what our actions or the law was powerless to do—it makes us alive in Christ!!  It is this grace that saved us who came to faith, even though we were objects of wrath and lived in a disobedient state to God.

4.   And painting a picture of the God that is not limited by time or space or human reason, Paul speaks in past form about how God has already and from the beginning raised us up in Christ and seated us in the heavenly realms in Christ or by way of Christ.  This is not just now, but before and after.  And the riches he has lavished on us through grace will be experienced by us in the future as well as by generations to come.  God is the Alpha and the Omega.  This plan is lived out by way of Christ through the church, which is His body.

5.   This grace is his kindness shown to us through Jesus dying on the cross, it is not something that could be earned through the law or human effort as if we could be good enough to merit salvation or a relationship with God.

6.   Paul refers to us as God’s handiwork.  As works of architecture and art were many and this promoted the pride that Ephesian citizens must have felt, Paul reminds them that they were once rubble meant for damnation and now God-formed to be something useful.  Man’s work is worthless for salvation.  God’s work brought about by salvation is purposeful and intentional.

7.   In love, God saved us, for the purpose of bringing hope and salvation to others.  God prepared this in advance for us to do.

8.   Am I embracing the work that God has purposefully saved us for?  Being chosen and predestined for salvation has much to do with the embracing of the calling of the chosen.  One cannot be a player in a game and chose not to play and yet remain on the team.  Not that the results merit being chosen, but a saved person must engage as a saved person ought to.  There are times of injuries, but a player never retires or sits on the bench.

3.  Brought Near by Christ

Ephesians 2:11-13

11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

·      Paul reminds the Gentiles that they were different and disadvantaged.

·      Paul reminds the Gentile disciples that they were once far from God, and separate from Christ and excluded in many ways.

·      Reminders of who we were without God and our former way of life often makes us more grateful for how God has changed us and what He has saved from.

·      He also reminds them that they have now been brought near by the blood of Christ.  This is not only speaking spiritually, but historically as well, they are now part of the lineage as we will see in the next part of the chapter.

·      Think of who you were without God and the life you have now having been brought near to Him.


4.  Called to Unity and Peace

Ephesians 2:14-18

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

·      Hostility existed between Jew and Gentile and common man and God.

·      Dividing wall of hostility--This also refers to the courts of the temple in Jerusalem. A wall separated Gentiles and Jews, and signs were posted excluding Gentiles from the inner courts where sacrifices for sin were performed.

·      Christ offered in His own body the final sacrifice to which the temple’s sacrifices merely pointed. The ceremonial laws of the Old Testament that separated Jews and Gentiles are no longer appropriate after their fulfillment in Christ.  They are now brought together in unity through the sacrifice of Christ.


--Preached peace to you (Gentiles) who were far and those who were near (Jews).

Isaiah 57:19--creating praise on their lips.
Peace, peace, to those far and near,”
 says the Lord. “And I will heal them.”


5.  More Than Peace:  Family

Ephesians 2:19-22

19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

·      Consequently—because of Christ’s sacrifice… Not only are we now, in Christ, citizens with God’s people, but we are so much more.  We are a family, part of God’s household on the same level as Jews, the people of God.

·      These verses describe the reversal of the Gentile disadvantages outlined in verses 11 & 12.  Here the building of a new spiritual temple replaces the outdated physical one in Jerusalem.

·      And if we are to continue in our spiritual growth we must be built on the only foundation (the Apostles, prophets—scriptural teachings) and the example of Jesus, but more than that, submission to His Lordship.

·      This is what His people are—a nation devoted to Him and His ways.

 

We were once prodigal children destined for wrath, saved by His grace for a purpose, brought near to God called to unity and peace, but more than that to be part of His family.  All this to bring Him glory.  This is the church’s business.

 

 

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Media Ministry,
Jul 16, 2014, 7:42 PM