This is one of the most amazing portions of the Bible. Verses 1-3 outline, in clear language, our spiritual state without God. The passage emphasises that salvation is all from God and not from our efforts!
Having outlined how we are enemies of God, before we accept Jesus as our saviour, Paul writes these words of great significance ‘But God…’
From verse 4 onwards Paul outlines Gods amazing intervention because of…’His great, wonderful and intense love for us’…
‘For it is by grace (His favour and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgement and made partakers of Christ’s salvation). Verse 5 (Amplified version)
God’s unites us with His Son Jesus!!
When you really think about that it is the most amazing thing! You and me – imperfect human beings – united to the perfect Son of God!
‘He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favour) in (His) kindness and goodness towards us in Christ Jesus.’ verse 7 (Amp)
If you’re striving to be ‘good enough’ or you think you’ll never be ‘good enough’ to live for God, then join the club! This is God’s word and He makes it very clear that NOONE is good enough. Thats why He sent Jesus and thats why all we can do is place our faith in Him … and leave the rest to God! It’s amazing but true. It’s humbling too because no one can take any credit for their salvation – its a work of God in our lives!
Read the passage for yourself and ask God to speak to you through His word. If you’re a Christian give Him thanks for His grace and favour. If you’re not a Christian consider what these verses tell you about your present spiritual state and eternal destiny – alienated from God – and then consider the alternative set out from verse 4 – ‘But God…..’
1 AND YOU [He made alive], when you were dead (slain) by [your]trespasses and sins
2 In which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the course and fashion of this world [were under
the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of
the air. [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious,
and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes of God].
3 Among these we as well as you once lived and conducted ourselves in the passions of our flesh [our behavior
governed by our corrupt and sensual nature], obeying the impulses of the flesh and the thoughts of the mind [our cravings dictated by our senses and our dark
imaginings]. We were then by nature children of [God’s] wrath and heirs of [His] indignation, like the rest of mankind.
4 But God–so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us,
5 Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favour and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from
judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).
6 And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
7 He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart
toward us in Christ Jesus.
8 For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s
salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your
own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;
9 Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.] (Ephesians 2:1-9 AMP)