were dead in the trespasses and sins
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.
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—
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 in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith.
And this is not your own doing;
it is the gift of God,
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.
Provisional Title: From Death to Life Main Idea: God graciously made the church in Ephesus alive. Exegetical Outline : You Were Dead, Following... (1-3) The World (2b) Satan (2c) Your passions aligned with him (3a) Your actions aligned with him (3b) Your fate aligned with him (3c) 2. Now You Are Alive (4-10) Because God is merciful and loved you despite you (4) Raised you up with Him (6a) Seated you with Him (6b) So that… His Riches of Salvation by Grace are Known (7-8a) Not Earned; a Gift (8b) Not from Works; No boasting (9) Not for Yourself; for God’s Work (10) Applications: Recognize your former state Live as you are: raised and seated with Christ Work for God