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Ephesians Devotional—Week Two, Day One (12/7/09)

Ephesians 2:1-7

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. {3} All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. {4} But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, {5} made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. {6} And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, {7} 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.

What was our former condition? We were dead in trespasses and sins. This was an inherited condition from our first parents. We existed on the physical and emotional/intellectual planes only. Spiritually, we could not know God or connect with Him intimately, because we were dead.

What was our former path in life? We followed the world’s ways, fueled by the devil himself. The basic energy and power by which we lived was somehow connected to Satan.

What was our former lifestyle? We lived only to gratify our own selfish, sinful desires. It was all about “me,” a selfish, miserable existence apart from fellowship with God.

All of these things made us objects of God’s wrath. Divine justice would have struck us down in a heartbeat, and we would have had no one but ourselves to blame.

“But because of His great love for us, God”… amazing grace! God intervened! His mercy triumphed over justice, and we were made alive. Notice that the solution for spiritual death could only be spiritual life—the very resurrection life of Jesus Himself, made real in our experience through the new birth (see John 3:1-16). God took dead people and put His own life into them. He did this upon our acceptance of the gospel message.

Not only that, but He also raised us up with Christ and made us sit with Him in the heavenly realms—which was also revealed in chapter 1.

What do we have to look forward to in eternity, in the ages to come? God will be unfolding to us just how incredible His grace is … we’ll be learning about it forever and ever and ever. What a future we have to look forward to!

  1. Refer to Genesis 2:16-18 and compare it to Ephesians 2:1-3. As you ponder the meaning of your former condition, thank God for the cross, by which He reconciled us to Himself. Either write out or verbalize your worship to Him.
  2. Have you ever thought about the concept of learning in heaven? How does this idea change or alter what you envision heaven to be like?
  3. Read Exodus 34:6-7, which describes the meaning of God’s name. How does the meaning of God’s name relate to the passage we’ve read today?
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