Day 1: Our need for salvation

Read Ephesians 2:1-10

The book of Ephesians divides neatly into two sections. In the first half of this letter (chapters 1-3) Paul describes what God has done for us in Christ. In the seco-nd half (chapters 4-6) he descri-bes what it looks like for us to live out our new identity.

Ephesians 2:1 describes us as having been ‘dead’ in our trespa-sses. What does this mean?

The following scriptures might shed more light, Psalm 14:3 and Romans 3:9-18.

How did mankind find himself in this state? Romans 5:12 and Romans 3:23.

How about those who have not necessarily engaged in “wild living”, those who may not feel very sinful? Are they still classsified as sinners? Psalms 51:5, Job 15:14-16, Ecclesiastes 7:20 and Jeremiah 17:9.

Sin is not just doing wrong but also thinking what is aganaist the perfect will of God. We may not feel like very bad people but we keep choosing our way over His and that is sin. We are sinful in our very nature. According to Ephesians 2:3 what were the consequences of our fallen state?

What punishment did we did we deserve? (Romans 6:23)

God is just and wont prescribe one thing then mete out a diffe-rent measure. The only reasona-ble consequence for our sin is God’s wrath.

Thankfully the story doesn’t end there….

According to 2Corinthians 5:21 and Romans 5:8, how did God Intervene?

QUOTE

“…Christ has regarded my helpless estate and hath shed His own blood for my soul”

From the hymn “It is well with my soul” by Horatio Spafford.

Ephesians 2:1-10

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work with those who are diso-bedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratify-ing the cravings of our sinful nature [Or our flesh] and followi-ng its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heave-nly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no-one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

What next?

How do you feel about what Christ has done to save you?

Memory verse

Luke, 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”

Be blessed and have a nice time!

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