“The Reality of Your Salvation”Categories: In the Bulletin
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— 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.
- Ephesians 2:4–7, ESV
These words are some of the most powerful inside the New Testament. Here Paul goes out of his way to remind us that our salvation is entirely due to God's grace, love, mercy, and compassion. We need to hold on to this and keep it in our mind. Your relationship with God is all according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved, Ephesians 1.5b-6.
During the month of January we will continue our focus on God’s eternal plan. Whereas Ephesians 1 describes an overview of God’s scheme of redemption, chapter 2 tells us how God took the initiative to save, why God decided to save, and the result salvation provides. Very simply, Ephesians 2 is a description of God’s tactical plan to supply us with resurrected spiritual life, forgiveness, grace, and union with Him.
I hope you are excited to spend the next few weeks diving into Ephesians 2. Make time each week to read the chapter over and over. Let the reality of what Paul describes sink inside your mind. Allow this knowledge to cause you to wake each day with a clearer understanding of your spiritual identity. You can take your spiritual life to the next level. Are you ready? Let’s go!
- Matthew Allen