Thinking about Sunday School class at Cedarcroft Bible Chapel on January 27, we’re working on Ephesians 2:1-10. We have already noticed the following:
1. In our B.C. (before Christ) condition, we were DEAD in our transgressions and sins.
2. But we lived AS ZOMBIES! Even though we were dead, we used to live in our sins, following the ways of this world (v. 2).
3. We not only followed the world’s ways, we followed the DEVIL, “the ruler of kingdom of the air” (v. 2).
4. We lived among those “who are disobedient.” But we didn’t just live among them. We sought to “gratify the cravings of our flesh and to follow its desires and thoughts” (v. 3).
5. And we were, “like the rest, by nature deserving of wrath” (v. 3). We get a repeating of our B.C. condition in verse 5 that God made us alive with Christ “even when we were dead in transgressions” (v. 5).
Wow! Talk about bad news! But let’s notice what God did about our B.C. condition. Note His character (the words in red): We read of “his great love” (v. 4), that He is “rich in mercy” (v. 4), and of “his kindness” (v. 7). That’s the character of our God!
Let’s look at the expressions describing what God did for us:
1. He “made us alive with Christ” (v. 5).
2. He “raised us up with Christ” (v. 6).
3. He “seated us with Christ in the heavenly realms” (v. 6).
“Hmmm. Whatever should I do with this GIFT?”
4. He saved us — an action described as “the gift of God” (v. 8).
In our fourth (and final) post on this text, we will ask what difference ought God’s actions in our lives make?
Prayer: “Lord, thank You for telling me the truth about what I was B.C. And thank You for Your character of love and mercy and kindness that saved me. Please help me today to live in light of all that You have done for me through the Lord Jesus! In His name. Amen.”