From Death to Life
Ephesians 2:1-10
This is the Gospel!  That in our complete helplessness, through the total destruction caused by...
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This is the Gospel! That in our complete helplessness, through the total destruction caused by our sin that caused our spiritual death, God didn't leave us alone but intervened. Not only did he intervene and make us alive together with Christ through his resurrection, victoriously conquering sin and death, but he crowned us as royalty, giving us a place of nobility in his kingdom. And all of this is to say that it is utterly impossible for any one of us dead ones to make ourselves alive again, but it is a divine intercession of life-giving power that ascends our souls to eternal brotherhood with Jesus and sonship with God. As such, we are not expected to merely remain passive in this kingdom, but since he has made us alive by his own hands, his own workmanship, we are to likewise be industrious and complete good works that he has prepared us to do -- that is the very reason by which he intervened in the first place. When we are passive, absent of accomplishing the good works that he desires us to complete, we become idle and powerless, succumbed to a slumber that imitates the death that he originally found us in. If he has truly made us alive with Christ, we cannot die again, only become ineffective for eternity. If we were never made alive with Christ, we will obviously remain dead in our sins. All this to say: our eternal life is solely attributed to the intervening grace of God. The works will never save us, although they are the very things for which God has given us the life that we can never earn ourselves.
10000000009689 9689 Notes 2009-06-25 08:37:58 2009-07-08 09:08:42 This is the Gospel! That in our complete helplessness, through the total destruction caused by our sin that caused our spiritual death, God didn't leave us alone but intervened. Not only did he intervene and make us alive together with Christ through his resurrection, victoriously conquering sin and death, but he crowned us as royalty, giving us a place of nobility in his kingdom. And all of this is to say that it is utterly impossible for any one of us dead ones to make ourselves alive again, but it is a divine intercession of life-giving power that ascends our souls to eternal brotherhood with Jesus and sonship with God. As such, we are not expected to merely remain passive in this kingdom, but since he has made us alive by his own hands, his own workmanship, we are to likewise be industrious and complete good works that he has prepared us to do -- that is the very reason by which he intervened in the first place. When we are passive, absent of accomplishing the good works that he desires us to complete, we become idle and powerless, succumbed to a slumber that imitates the death that he originally found us in. If he has truly made us alive with Christ, we cannot die again, only become ineffective for eternity. If we were never made alive with Christ, we will obviously remain dead in our sins. All this to say: our eternal life is solely attributed to the intervening grace of God. The works will never save us, although they are the very things for which God has given us the life that we can never earn ourselves. notes
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Ephesians
Ephesians 2:1-10
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And you were dead in the trespasses and sins
in which you once walked,
ideaexplanation
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--
actionmanner
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.
comparison
actionresult
But God,
being rich in mercy,
because of the great love with which he loved us,
even when we were dead in our trespasses,
made us alive together with Christ--
by grace you have been saved--
temporal
actionpurpose
inference
and raised us up with him
and seated us with him
in the heavenly places
in Christ Jesus,
locative
so that in the coming ages
he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace
in kindness
toward us
in Christ Jesus.
situationresponse
For by grace you have been saved
through faith.
And this is not your own doing;
it is the gift of God,
negativepositive
not a result of works,
so that no one may boast.
For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus
for good works,
which God prepared beforehand,
that we should walk in them.
ground
discourse
10000000009689 9689 Arc 2009-06-25 08:37:58 2009-07-08 09:08:42 editing Ephesians 2 1 2 10 Ephesians 2:1-10 49 NT esv i251635 i251636 i251637 i251638 i251639 i251599 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins i251600 in which you once walked, ideaexplanation 1 i251640 i251641 i251601 following the course of this world, i251642 i251602 following the prince of the power of the air, i251603 the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience-- ideaexplanation 1 actionmanner 1 i251643 i251644 i251604 among whom we all once lived i251605 in the passions of our flesh, actionmanner 1 i251606 carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, ideaexplanation 1 ideaexplanation 1 ideaexplanation 1 i251645 i251607 and were by nature children of wrath, i251608 like the rest of mankind. comparison 1 1 actionresult 2 i251646 i251647 i251648 i251649 i251609 But God, i251610 being rich in mercy, ideaexplanation 1 i251650 i251611 because of the great love with which he loved us, i251651 i251612 even when we were dead in our trespasses, i251652 i251613 made us alive together with Christ-- i251614 by grace you have been saved-- ideaexplanation 1 temporal 1 1 actionpurpose 2 1 inference 2 i251653 i251654 i251615 and raised us up with him i251616 and seated us with him comparison 1 1 i251655 i251617 in the heavenly places i251618 in Christ Jesus, ideaexplanation 1 locative 1 actionmanner 1 i251656 i251619 so that in the coming ages i251657 i251658 i251620 he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace i251621 in kindness actionmanner 1 i251659 i251622 toward us i251623 in Christ Jesus. ideaexplanation 1 locative 1 temporal 1 1 actionpurpose 2 situationresponse 2 i251660 i251661 i251624 For by grace you have been saved i251625 through faith. actionmanner 1 i251662 i251663 i251664 i251665 i251626 And this is not your own doing; i251627 it is the gift of God, negativepositive 2 i251628 not a result of works, ideaexplanation 1 i251629 so that no one may boast. actionpurpose 2 i251666 i251630 For we are his workmanship, i251667 i251668 i251669 i251631 created in Christ Jesus i251632 for good works, actionpurpose 2 i251633 which God prepared beforehand, temporal 1 i251634 that we should walk in them. actionresult 2 ideaexplanation 1 ground 1 ideaexplanation 1 ground 1 1 1 1 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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