Monday, March 05, 2007

Ephesians 2:1-5 -- How do you live?

1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in 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. 3All 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. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.


Do you see the past tense that Paul used when talking about how the faithful saints in Ephesus used to live? They were dead in their transgressions, used to live in disobedience, lived gratifying the cravings of the sinful nature, and were objects of wrath. Then what happened? Christ made them new (alive) and they no longer lived this way in sin. When you accept the mercy and grace of Christ and truly surrender your life to him and live for him instead of yourself (repent), you no longer continue living in ongoing disobedience and sin. Rather, you will live to do the good works that he has prepared you to do. This is so incredible and refreshing. In Christ we are free from the grip of our sinful flesh – today! God’s grace empowers us to fight temptation, to say no, to live for him, to have victory. Victory is real in Christ.

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