In the crass movie Wanted a young man, trapped in what he sees as a dead-end job as an “account manager” under the tyrannical supervision of an arbitrary and demanding boss, invents a persona of rebellion and re-creates the story of his life. 2:6 and he raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 2:7 to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you someone whom He has prepared to heat His Gospel. The double-gift of Christ to Gentiles, they (mostly “we”), not only gained the knowledge that a Messiah was needed and was coming, but the knowledge that He has come and He welcomes us now to His salvation-party as an honored guest—if we will but come in faith. May I seize every opportunity to “grow together” with like-minded intentional Biblical-Christians. 2:14 For he is our peace, the one who made both groups into one and who destroyed the middle wall of partition, the hostility. Cancel {{#items}} {{/items}} Ephesians 2. He nullified in His flesh the law of commandments in decrees.” [Jesus took away the requirement of the Law that every person who ever sinned be condemned and replaced it with grace—which makes Him our righteousness instead of perfect Law-keeping. How did the absence of a demand for works-righteousness, by the Lord God, help to lead you to choose to surrender in faith? Of the miserable condition of these Ephesians by nature (v. 1-3) and again (v. 11, v. 12). This text may be used for non-profit educational purposes only, with credit; all other usage requires prior written consent of the author. We are instead guaranteed eternal citizenship in Heaven with our Lord and King! Commentary text is from David M. Colburn, D.Min. ], “... into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” [The Holy Spirit is our common bond.]. What is an example of the way Jesus bridges the gap of Jew and Gentile, old and young, male and female, as all recognize that their common definition, purpose, and value comes from a common source? Note 2: When NET text is quoted in commentary and discussion all pronouns referring to God are capitalized, though they are lower-case in the original NET text. 2. New Life Individually 2:1 And although you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2:2 in which you formerly lived according to this world’s present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience, 2:3 among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest… May I be more like You every day, resolute in placing You first, resolved to draw nearer to You. He said that Christ’s blood also covers their sins in order to bring them close to Him. Ephesians Chapter 2 starts off with the words "And you" or “As for you…” in the NIV, which signifies a shift in focus or a comparison with the previous topic. Ephesians 1 is a beautiful introduction to how we have received every … “Works” cannot earn salvation, salvation was only made possible by the gift of God and may only be received by accepting the Lordship of Christ—surrendering everything else, the entire world and our free will. ], 5. Who we were is no longer who we are “in Christ”. He did this to create in himself one new man out of two, thus making peace. He who hath made both - Jews and gentiles, one church. “For we are His workmanship ...” [God does not make anything imperfect—Adam and Eve made us into junk—Jesus will restore us to “design specs” in Heaven. The key personalities of Ephesians are the Apostle Paul and Tychicus. Through Jesus the Christ, the Lord God has abolished the demands of the Law upon man and has instead taken them upon Himself. 4:4-7), “... even though we were dead in transgressions ...”, “... made us alive together with Christ ...”, “... to demonstrate in the coming ages ...” [God allows imperfection, the result of rebellion, to continue because He knows that there remain many who can and will make a choice for faith and wants to give them that chance—He does not force the choice because then it is not genuine. All Bible text is from the NET unless otherwise indicated—http://bible.org. God has a purpose and a plan for each of us: We are to “partner” with Him and invite Him to do whatever He has to do to shape us into useful servants of His perfect will. May I be careful to test every influence to be certain that it if of-You and not of-the enemy. I agree to pray in-agreement that they will partner with the Holy Spirit to purge any fear or misunderstandings that may stand in opposition to their full fellowship with their fellow believers. Although the work which is accomplished in the creation of the members … 1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 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. It is characterized by dignity and serenity which is in harmony with the elevation of its thoughts. Can you recall a parallel passage elsewhere in the Bible? This text presents the immeasurable nature of God’s grace which has totally changed both our reality and conduct forever. ], “... grows into a holy temple ...” [Believers are purposed to worship God in everything that we think, say, and do. Today I will share my less “religious-sounding” explanation with someone who has not yet chosen Christ. Identify the independent and dependent variable, and state the research hypothesis for your study. 1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 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. What are some teachings elsewhere in the Bible as to what “works” God expects of His children? ], “... the surpassing wealth of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”. Ephesus was the chief city of the coastal area of Asia Minor. The Apostle Paul, having reminded his readers of the glory and promises of God, as well as our need for His grace and provision, moves on to our new standing before God, both as individuals and, corporately, as a family of Believers. Lord, You rescued us from the eternal spiritual junkyard to which we were condenmed by our first ancestors, Adam and Eve. In what or whom shall we trust: Government, magic, money, power, God? He also reminded them that Jesus came and “preached peace” to both Jew and Gentile in order to bring them together in faith and together in the Holy Spirit. Does debt affect giving in modern times in light of the Israelite tithe and slaves? May I celebrate Your gift with a life sold-out to You. Ephesians and Colossians Ephesians: Chapter 2. In Section (B) from verses 4 to 10 he shows the difference in their new status as a result of their being united “with” Jesus in His death, resurrection , ascension and session at the right hand of God. New International Version. The nature of our pre-salvation selves was, eternally-spiritually dead. Ephesians tarries largely among the heavenlies. The purpose of the book of Ephesians was to warn the church elders about the false teachers that were teaching a false gospel and to maintain their first love that they held when they first became believers. Of what are we afraid: Failure, pain, insignificance? Lord, You provided for our salvation even when not one was fit to be saved, and You ask for nothing but surrender-through-faith in return. The strong desire of Christ that His children be unified (based on Biblical Christian principles, not the invented parameters of man, such as "political correctness" or "speech censorship", which are intended to restrict the condemnation of sin). 2:18 so that through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. “... according to the ruler of the spirit ...” [Pre-salvation our spirit is accessible by Satan. All Rights Reserved. I will commit to pray in agreement with them for wisdom as they walk through the process of adjusting their perspectives and priorities. Previous Next . 2:2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 2:14: For he is our peace - Not only as he purchased it, but as he is the very bond and centre of union. Eph. “... that is now energizing the sons of disobedience ...” [From Adam and Eve on, all are sons—and daughters—of disobedience absent salvation. 2:3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. In his fantasy he is the heir to the “magical” powers of his murdered father, is recruited by an organization supposedly directed by fate to execute bad people, is befriended by a beautiful and deadly woman, endures severe injuries as part of his training, is “magically” cured, and goes on to be the hero of the story. Ephesians 2:3 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit. The “people of the Law” (Jews) and those not of the “chosen tribe” are now forever one in Christ. 2:11 Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh—who are called “uncircumcision” by the so-called “circumcision” that is performed on the body by human hands—. See on Ephesians 2:1 . Paul wrote “In Him ...”, reminding them of the centrality of Christ to everything in the world of the believer. Today I will cooperate with the Holy Spirit as He leads me back to a right place with Christ. ], “... one new man out of two ...” [Jew and Gentile, Law-keeper and Law-stranger. Feedback is encouraged where credit has not been sufficiently assigned. ], “... and this is not from yourselves ...”. “... according to this world’s present path ...”, 3. It is … Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the … “... that God prepared beforehand ...” [He wanted Adam & Eve to stay clean and do this. 2:10 For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them. He is the cornerstone upon which the apostles and the prophets built His Church. << Ephesians 2 | Ephesians 3 | Ephesians 4 >> (Read all of Ephesians 3 ) The whole of chapter 3 is a parenthesis unfolding the mystery; and presenting at the same time, in the prayer that concludes it, the second character of God set before us at the beginning of the epistle, namely, that of Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; and this is the way in which it is here introduced. In the last half of the first chapter (vv. Are we provided with what we truly need? Paul then reminded them that they also were strangers to the knowledge of God, something the Jews did possess. How do you express the proper Biblical definition of “The Church” as the community of believers? I will ask a fellow believer to pray in agreement with me for wisdom and will share with that prayer-partner the outcome of my sharing. Today I will share the Lord God's priority that we be united in the love of Christ. He desired for Christ to dwell in the hearts of the church of Ephesus by faith (Ephesians 3:17). «Previous Chapter Next Chapter» Ephesians 3 (King James Version) 1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto … Lord, You have made every believer, and every fellowship of faithful believers a dwelling place where You make Your presence and Your plan known. 1. Christian life is examined in terms of a “before and after” contrast resulting from divine intervention. How enlightening is it for you to personalize the checklist of Paul with your life story? Paul continued with a clarification of how saving faith is actualized: “For by grace you are saved though faith ...” [Faith is an act of the will, a 100% surrender of free will. “... according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air ...” [Air is created, Satan temporarily rules due to the Fall. See Ephesians 2:8-9 (printed below) It is by grace that you … Obviously, if it is true that salvation is all by God’s grace, it … Careful attention has been given to cite that source where it has been quoted directly or closely paraphrased. Chapter. Click here to download these questions as a PDF file Day One. 2:12 that you were at that time without the Messiah, alienated from the citizenship of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. (1) Christians are alive from the dead. Note 1: These Studies often rely upon the guidance of the NET Translators from their associated notes. And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, a. “... in which you formally [or previously] lived ...”, 2. Lord, You have made Your redemption of humankind available to anyone who surrenders to the Lordship of Christ, regardless of age, gender, national origin, or race. The need for reconciliation. | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Sitemap. In Section (A) from verses 1 to 3 Paul gives the description of their life before they became committed to Christ. The dominion of Satan in the lives of the unsaved is broken and there is a new-found freedom experienced by children of God. What are some obvious evidences of evil in modern society as listed by Paul? ], “He did this to create in Himself ...” [the body of believers; “The Church”, exists as an adopted part of the Lord’s family—a unique intimacy of ‘being’. What is an example of serving the Lord God through good works, as a believer, in your life? The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 2 (Gal. I will do so humbly and respectfully, I will not condemn or pressure them, I will merely engage a conversation and allow the Holy Spirit to be in control. What are some ways that you were clueless and hopeless, in your life, as a result of unawareness of the promise of a Messiah? Shmoop Bible guide: Lamentations Chapter 2 summary. Q. Do we act in ways that change our world? 2:15 when he nullified in his flesh the law of commandments in decrees. 2:19 So then you are no longer foreigners and noncitizens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household. Lord, You chose in the Garden of Eden to make a way to reconcile Your creation to you—and despite our continued rebellion even since You have never waivered. 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