“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
The Gracious Salvation Of Christ: Ephesians 2:1-10
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Paul begins to remind the church at Ephesus (and each one of us) the greatest grace that we can receive from our Lord… the wonderful grace of salvation from our sins. The more we come to understand His gracious salvation, the more we should appreciate Him and the more we should be motivated to serve Him out of a heart of love and appreciation.
A very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I. The proof of our spiritual death – 1-3
II. The gracious God of mercy and love – 4
III. The gracious blessing of spiritual life and its results – 5-7
IV. The gracious giving of faith – 8-9
V. The gracious privilege being chosen to service for Him – 10
In this morning’s devotional, Paul begins to explain the lifestyle of those who are spiritually dead…
(Ephesians 2:2) Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world,
Prior to the Lord’s saving intervention in the life of the saint, their walk (lifestyle, way of life) was in alignment with:
1. the “course of the world”… in other words, the path of the unrighteous. Prior to salvation, there was NOTHING in their actions or way of life of the saved that merited their salvation. Both the path and the destiny of the saved, prior to salvation, was identical to the path and destiny of the lost.
Once again this emphasizes God’s gracious dealings on our behalf as He brought salvation to His people in spite of the fact that they walking along the same sinful path as others. His intervention was based solely upon His love and mercy on behalf of His chosen people.
according to the prince of the power of the air,
2. “the prince of the power of the air” – in other words, the path laid by Satan.
Satan is described as “the prince of the power of the air” describing Satan’s authority over the ungodly forces of this world. That is why he is described as:
a. “the god of this world” – 2 Corinthians 4:4
b. “the prince of this world” – John 12:31, 14:30
c. “the power of the air” – in this passage. This is a phrase that limits his authority to this world and the atmosphere surrounding this world. His authority does not extend into heaven or other realms that lie beyond earth and its atmosphere.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].” (Ephesians 6:10-12)
the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Satan is that spirit that works in the hearts and lives of lost mankind (Luke 22:3, John 13:2, Acts 5:3, 2 Corinthians 4:4)
“He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8)
The lifestyle of those who are spiritually dead are identical. It is the path of others who are lost, and the path of Satan himself. It is characterized by disobedience to God, submission to Satan and worldly desires, attitudes and morals. It is the way of death. But thanks be to our Lord He has graciously brought us out from the bondage of this sinful lifestyle to a new eternal relationship and way of life with Him!
May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!
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