Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Road Through Ephesus... Alive Ephesians 2:1

Wow. Ephesians chapter 2. In some ways I thought we would never get here. In others I feel like we just started this journey. I'm curious to hear from you... what have you learned as you continually dive into Ephesians? I hope you're diving in for yourself and not just relying on what I have to say.

Okay, so let's jump right into chapter 2.

Ephesians 2:1

"Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins."

At first read there doesn't seem to be much good news in this verse. Our disobedience and many sins have caused our death. But here's the good news. This verse is talking about our past. This verse is talking about us without Christ. The verse says that "Once [we] were dead..." That implies that now we're alive! Our death was caused by our disobedience and sin. Our death was one that separated us from God.

Now we are alive. Our life is in Christ. Our life was bought by Christ's death. He died so that we no longer had to live a life of death and separation from God. We have life in Christ.

Mark 10:45

"For even the Son of Man came... to give his life as a ransom for many."

Jesus came to save our lives. To buy us out of death. To purchase our freedom. To ransom us from captivity. Our former state of death has, through Christ, been transformed into life.

I like how Colossians 2:13 says it: "You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins."

God has made us alive! What are you doing to live like it? How are you living this life you have been given? Or are you still living like you're dead, caught in the trappings of sin and disobedience? Let's walk away from acting like zombies and start living the new life we've been given in Christ.

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