Welcome to the Geeks Under Grace official Daily Study post for 6/14/15. Here we will share some thoughts regarding Ephesians 2 and a simple prayer related to those scriptures.
Ephesians 2 (King James Version)
1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
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:
3 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.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
“In which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the course and fashion of this world [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air. [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes of God].” Ephesians 2:2 (Amplified)
In Ephesians 2:2-3 Paul talks of the sinner being led by his sinful nature in his decision making. I find a lot of comfort in knowing that I am not the only one tempted with sinful desires. We are all born into this world with a default setting to sin and go against the ways of God. It is through the process of salvation that our minds are renewed and our hearts are made pure. Through Jesus we are reprogrammed in how we think and how we act; in a sense our default settings change. It is entirely up to every man and woman on this planet whether they want to be led and guided by the ways of this world or by the ways of God.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:8 (New Living Translation)
Paul thankfully addresses that those who are not Jews by blood may still receive Christ and be accepted as children of God in Ephesians 2:11-22. We are citizens of the Kingdom of God and members of His family.
Father, thank you for salvation. Thank you for liberty from the bondage of our old nature. Thank you for freedom from our sins and addictions. Father, we receive your healing and restoration. We receive your instruction and guidance and ask that you would lead us in following our new nature so that we may be like you.
In Jesus name we pray, amen.
Pray for God’s guidance and wisdom in living out your new nature.
Question for Today
Reading Ephesians 2, what scripture stood out to you? Can you relate to anything written about in this study? Join the conversation and share below!