Ephesians 2:1-7 – Grace Works
Does v.1-3 seem offensive to you? What comes to mind when you hear the word sin? Do you agree that sin is anti-relational, illegal, and comprehensive? Does Paul seem over-dramatic when he says ‘dead?’ What is the significance of Paul including himself in this sweeping indictment?
Effects of Grace
According to v. 4-7 what has God done? Why did he do it? What does this mean for us?
Life in the inheritance
What would it look like to live a life on earth – after having died, been resurrected, and lived with Christ in heaven (as v. 5-7 indicate) – and then to come back? How would your values change? Your treasures?
Are you able to see Christ as the smiling king who welcomes you in? How different can this be from our view of God when we feel guilty? Does a fresh look at his grace change the way you approach him?
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Francis Schaeffer – True Spirituality (book with the excerpts that Eric read from – $10 on Amazon if you are inclined – http://www.amazon.com/True-
Love Lustres at Calvary (poem that Eric shared)
Enlarge my heart, warm my affections,
open my lips,
supply words that proclaim ‘Love lustres at Calvary.’
There grace removes my burdens and heaps them on thy Son,
made a transgressor, a curse, and sin for me;
There the sword of thy justice smote the man,
There thy infinite attributes were magnified,
and infinite atonement was made;
There infinite punishment was due,
and infinite punishment was endured.
Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
cast off that I might be brought in,
trodden down as an enemy that I might be welcomed as a friend,
surrendered to hell’s worst that I might attain heaven’s best,
stripped that I might be clothed,
wounded that I might be healed,
athirst that I might drink,
tormented that I might be comforted,
made a shame that I might inherit glory,
entered darkness that I might have eternal light.
My Saviour wept that all tears might be wiped from my eyes,
groaned that I might have endless song,
endured all pain that I might have unfading health,
bore a thorny crown that I might have a glory-diadem,
bowed his head that I might uplift mine,
experienced reproach that I might receive welcome,
closed his eyes in death that I might gaze on unclouded brightness,
expired that I might for ever live.