FRIDAY, MAY 5
SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 2
The first three verses of this chapter give us a stark look at humanity apart from God. Verse 3 ends with the statement that lost humanity are children of wrath. In other words, those who reject Jesus will face the wrath of a holy God forever and ever.
Verse 4, however, changes everything. It starts with two simple words: “But God”. God chose to intervene on our behalf and that changed and changes everything. Let’s walk through a few verses and look at some things God does for us.
In verse 4, He loved us. The Bible says God is love. Therefore, He loves us. To not love us would be contrary to His very nature. This also helps us understand that because God is love that means we don’t have to earn God’s love. It also means, we can’t do anything to stop God’s love. He loves us!
In verse 5, He made us alive. Because of our sin, we were spiritually dead. That means we were separated from God and totally incapable of getting to God. So, God came to us. God the Son came in flesh to live a perfect life, die a horrible death on a Roman cross, be buried, and then be raised on the third day. Our life is inextricably linked to Jesus’ life.
In verse 6, He raised us up. In fact, this verse says we were raised up and seated with Jesus in the heavenly places. This heavenly places thing is a difficult concept for me. I am sure I know what it means but I have a terrible time explaining it. So, suffice it to say that this heavenly places is a very special place. It is where we gain access to God the Father. It is where we are together as one with Jesus.
In verse 7, He gave us the immeasurable riches of His grace. God has chosen to give us what we could never earn but so desperately need. That’s grace. It is by grace that we are saved. It is by grace we are kept. It is by grace that we are made who we are in Christ.
In verse 10, we are referred to as God’s workmanship. The Greek word for workmanship is the basis for our word poem. In other words, we are God’s creative masterpiece. We are His special piece of art. That means you are pretty special to God.
Go live like it.