The Law... and GraceChapter 2 of Ephesians begins with a bold Law position with timeless application for all sinners—
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in
which you use to live when you followed the ways of this world
and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is at
work in those who are disobedient. 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
objects of wrath.” (vss.1-3)
“Dead”…and facing God’s “wrath”—this was our dire dilemma. On our own we had no hope…no life.
Out of this darkness, Paul shares the Gospel “light”—available to all sinners—
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in
transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” (vss.4-5)
Yes, in Christ, through grace, we find eternal hope…life beyond death—
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this
not from yourselves, it is a gift of God—not by works so that no
one can boast.” (vss.8-9)
Our hope is found in Christ and the cross. Our faith opens the door to our salvation. It is all tied to G-R-A-C-E—Gift Received At Christ’s Expense!
OUR STORY: Our eternal destiny is secured through Christ who gave
His life to fulfill ours.