CITIZENS part 3 – Means Of Citizenship (Eph 2:1-10) – Steve Sudworth
Ephesians Study Material- Eph. 2:1-10
Paul wrote the letter of Ephesians as a general letter to a large region of churches during his first Roman imprisonment. The letter to the Ephesians and the letter to the church in Colosse were most likely written around the same time and delivered at roughly the same time. The letter to the Ephesians is a passionate and beautiful letter, riddled with hymns and exhortations, rich in theology and eschatology setting it apart from all other Pauline Epistles. The letter emphasizes the nature of the church and the relationship of Christ as the head of the church. In this first portion of Chapter 2, Paul continues to urge the Colossians to understand fully who they are in Christ. Like the rest of the letter Eph. 2:1-10 is poetic in structure leading the read into a cadence of rich theology.
Text: Eph. 2:1-10
And you were dead in the trespasses and sin in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience-among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loves us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved- and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace and kindness towards us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is a gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, crated in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
1 Cor. 3:23
Paul is urging the church to see the reality of who they were, what they are, and what they are going to be; drawing the church deeper into the worship that comes only with a greater revelation of Christ Jesus. Once dead and captive to the ways and the rulers of the world, those who hope in Christ are now free and saved to walk fully into the calling in which they are called. It is because of “but God” that believers are rescued and delivered.
Suggested Discussion Questions
- What were we saved from?
- How are we saved?
- How does this reality lead to a deeper revelation of worship?