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Made Alive In Christ

(Ephesians 2:1-10)

 

Introduction:

As Paul continues to write to the saints (the holy ones) that reside at Ephesus

He now gives a response to his prayer that he prayed for the saints in chapter 1.

(Reference) – Prayer (chapter 1, verse 15-23)

Read: Ephesians 2:1-10 (One sentence in the Greek)

Paul says, I want you, the saints of God, to appreciate the reward you have in Christ and the power you have in Christ. 

But, you want appreciate the reward or the power until you appreciate

How you were once separated from God.  How you were dead spiritually.

But now, you have been reconciled.  You have been made alive in Christ.

Paul says, as it relates to your salvation in Christ, I want you to appreciate three things:

Insights:

YOU WERE SEPARATED FROM GOD

YOU WERE MADE ALIVE IN GOD

IT WAS ACCOMPLISHED BY GOD

Subject:  Made Alive In Christ

(Paul) – YOU WERE SEPARATED FROM GOD

Illustration: (Man in the garden) The day you eat you shall die (died spiritually)

(Spiritual death) – Separation of the soul from God

(Paul) – I know that you have…

Access to all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places

Been redeemed by the blood of Jesus

Been added to the body of Christ

(Paul) – But to avoid you from taking advantage of the grace of God

You need to see what you looked like before God stepped in.

(Paul) – Before you think you have arrived / You are saved by your own goodness

 

 

 

Read: Ephesians 2:1-2

Define:

(Trespasses) – an offence / taking false steps

(Sin) – acts of missing the mark / falling  by the wayside

Both words are slightly different in their root meaning, but when used together

They suggest the deliberate acts that we do against God and His righteousness

(Reference) – Garden of Eden (Eating the fruit was not by mistake…)

Point:

Trespasses / Sins – Our deliberate acts against God

But, when they are used in the plural senses (trespasses & sins) together

It suggests the continual (repetitious) involvement of walking falsely

And missing the mark (which leads to dead), resulting in spiritual separation from God.

No wonder Paul says, (Ephesians 2:1-2)

Point:

(Paul) – Don’t act like you don’t know what it is like to walk according to this world.

Not only did you walk, but you enjoyed it when you walked.

You were a servant to the god of this world (Satan)

And because you were dead as a result of your trespasses and sins

It was the spirit of the evil one that directed your steps

Encouraging you to live out your own lust, according to your own will

And you were by nature the children of wrath, just like the rest of us.

BUT GOD!!! (Being rich in mercy)

Point:

Sin is not just a Gentile problem (It is a Jewish problem)

(Sin is not a just a Black, White, Red, Yellow, Brown – Problem

Sin affects everybody.

That’s a terrible picture.  That’s a hopeless picture. 

And when we are separated from God, we deserve God’s wrath.

BUT GOD!!!

 

Read: Ephesians 2:4-7

YOU WERE MADE ALIVE IN GOD

Point:

The word “But” introduces God’s actions toward the sinner in contrast of his/her condition in the previous verses.

The word “But” is a conjunction that changes your thought about what is said before.

Example:  I like your dress, “but…”  I really like the people here, “but…”

Read:  Ephesians 2:4-5

Point:

(Paul) – Emphatically says, “But God” who is rich in mercy has made us alive…

And if God is rich in mercy, and He is our Father

Not only is He rich, but we are rich too, and we have the spiritual blessing of mercy.

(Reference) – Ephesians 1:3 (all spiritual blessings)

Point:

(Paul) – We need to praise our Father for the great love He has for us.

For it is through the great love of God…

We are made alive in Christ

He raised us up with Christ

He seated us with Him in the heavenly places

And as unbelievers we were spiritually dead…

We were separated from God

We walked according to our own nature

According to the desires of our flesh

After the god of this world

But when the God of all creation expressed His “undeserved kindness” to us

We are reconciled back to God

Made Alive in Christ

And given access to all spiritual blessings.

(Reference) – II Corinthians 5:17 (If any man be in Christ he is a new creature…)

(Paul) – You are made alive in Christ, through the love of God.

IT WAS ACCOMPLISHED BY GOD

Read: Ephesians 2:8-10

(Paul) – Salvation is not of yourselves that you should boast

But is the free gift of God.

Illustration: Gifts (cost you nothing, but cost the giver)

(Gift of salvation cost God the very life of His Son)

Point:

Love is one of God’s intrinsic attributes, but when related to sinners

This same Love, expresses God’s Mercy and Grace.

And Because God Loves us, He saves us through His Mercy and Grace.

(In His Mercy) – He does not give us what we do deserve (justice)

(In His Grace) – He gives us what we don’t deserve – (new life)

(For by grace you have been saved through faith…)

Point:

“Grace” is God’s part.  “Faith” is our part

Read: Ephesians 2:8-10

Conclusion:

In chapter 1, Paul reminds us that in Christ…

We have all spiritual blessings

We are redeemed by the blood of Christ

As the saved we are added to the body of Christ

In chapter 1, he wants us to know of our possessions in Christ

And in chapter 2 he emphasizes our position in Christ.

Point:

Your position determines your possessions and authority.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illustration: The President of the U.S.

Regardless of where the President of the U.S. may be physically

His position as the man who sits behind the desk in the Oval office/White House

Gives him power and authority.

The same is true with the Christian.

Regardless of where we might be physically, we have power/authority in Christ

In the heavenly places

Point:

And when you truly appreciate that you…

Once were separated from God / Dead in your trespasses and sins

Walked according to your own lust

A servant to the god of this world

But now made alive in Christ

Out of our appreciation of our new life / identity

Application:

Walk accordingly every day to what you are, not what you once were.

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