We have a new place for living, a new arena of existence — we are not those who dwell on the earth as Revelation often calls them , but our citizenship is in heaven Philippians 3:20. Ephesians was written by Paul to the Christians in the city of Ephesus, which had a significant population of Gentile believers. The church is also compared to a building, founded on the doctrine of Christ; delivered by the prophets of the Old Testament, and the apostles of the New. So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. Undoubtedly, the meaning is true as well. Our possessions or capabilities should never stop us from thinking what He wants to do in our lives. He overflows: all the demands that can ever be made on the grace of God will never impoverish him, or even diminish his store of mercy; there will remain an incalculably precious mine of mercy as full as when he first began to bless the sons of men.
All who do so, are without excuse. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. They must be led to look down again into the pit, into the grave, from which grace called them out and set them free. · Without a Prophet, Priest, or King. Three easy steps to start your free trial subscription to Bible Gateway Plus. In fact, God prepared in advance for believers to accomplish these tasks. Concise Chapter Contents The riches of God's grace towards men, shown from their deplorable state by nature, and the happy change Divine grace makes in them.
· Under the power of darkness Colossians 1:13. The grace that saves is the free, undeserved goodness and favour of God; and he saves, not by the works of the law, but through faith in Christ Jesus. That foundation is the original apostles and prophets , and their enduring revelation, recorded in the New Testament. So let us glorify Him through the good works through the joyful taking up the appointed tasks that He has put in our paths. Commentary on Ephesians 2:14-18 Read Jesus Christ made peace by the sacrifice of himself; in every sense Christ was their Peace, the author, centre, and substance of their being at peace with God, and of their union with the Jewish believers in one church. Verse 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers. Some we have been trained for.
It is not the result of works, so no one has reason to brag. Wicked men are slaves to Satan. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Satan is the author of that proud, carnal disposition which there is in ungodly men; he rules in the hearts of men. God gave him many things like cash, wood and assistance through the emperor of the then known world so that he could rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Verse 4 But God, who is rich in mercy,.
He tells them how they have been chosen and sealed with the Holy Spirit. The water is the important part, but it is communicated through the hose. The new life does not only provide a faith to believe in Christ for salvation but a faith to live out what He wants in our lives. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. It is never to be an empty house that is virtually a museum, with no one living inside.
Wicked men are slaves to Satan. Much like a proud craftsman, He has His purposes in making us. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. Verse 11 Wherefore remember, that ye be in time past Gentiles in the flesh,. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ , according to the purpose of his will , 6 to the praise of his glorious grace , with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. Paul then thanks God for all the Ephesian believers, whether Jew or Gentile.
The contrast between death and life offers a stark contrast between the unsaved and saved. Importantly, people do not obey these guidelines in order to become Christians or to become acceptable to God. Therefore, it is valid to appeal to all men to believe. . This touches on one of the most controversial areas in theology — in what manner, and to what extent, is a person dead before conversion? We are His workmanship , His creation — something new He has made of us in Jesus Christ.
If we stay close to Him, He will warn and protect us. Once walked means it should be different for those who are made alive by Jesus Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. I have heard a great deal about evolution and development, but I am afraid that if any one of us were to be developed to our utmost, apart from the grace of God, we should come out worse than before the development began. Ephesians 2:8—9 are some of the most well-known words in the Bible, emphasizing salvation by grace through faith.