God’s Power Changes People Eph. 2:1-10 Sept. 19, 2010
Recently I heard a man boasting about salvation and giving God all the credit. When asked what he did he simple said, “I did the sinning God did the saving.” In this paragraph Paul tells us of 4 3 acts of God as to demonstrate why he saved people: (1) to show His love (vv. 1-6); (2) to show His grace (vv. 7-9); (3) to show His workmanship by our doing good works (v. 10); and to show God’s Power Changes People.
1. God’s Power Enables Victory Over The . . Penetration Of Our Sin. 2:1-3
A. The Power Of God Enables Victory Over . . Disobedience And The Penetration Of Sin. 2:1-2
1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins 2 in which you previously walked according to this
worldly age, according to the ruler of the atmospheric domain, the spirit now working in the disobedient.
B. The Power Of God Enables Victory Over The . . Desires From The Penetration Of Sin. 2:1-2
3 We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our
flesh and thoughts, and by nature we were children under wrath, as the others were also.
How deep did sin penetrate our soul? Notice these affects, we walked according to this worldly age, along side of the will of Satan, In the lust of the flesh-mind, and were by nature children of wrath. Our disobedience controls us in spite of our efforts to bring redemption, peace and transformation. Some believe they have gotten beyond salvation and must remain lost. They give up on themselves. Some let their desires get out of control and don’t seem to know they can have victory through God’s power. Today as we look around we see a majority of people under the penetration of their sin. Some think there sinful lifestyle is respectable and in too much of society it may be; but not according to God. The victory comes only through Christ.
2. God’s Power . . Provides The Possibility Of Salvation. 2:4-7
A. The Power Of God Enables Grace To . . Save Us. 2:4-5
4 But God, who is abundant in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, 5 made us alive with
the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. By grace you are saved!
B. The Power Of God Enables Grace To . . Seat Us In The Heavenlies. 2:6-7
6 He also raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavens, in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages He might display the immeasurable riches of His grace in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
How could a file sinner be saved? Only by the grace of God. How can a sweet little child just aware of their need of the Savior be saved? Only by the grace of God. The text says we were dead in our trespasses.
But the Lord saved us. How could God do that? He is abundant in mercy. Why is He abundant in mercy? Because of His great love. Not only did He save us but He seated us with His Son in the heavenlies. This statement doesn’t sound correct; but it is. Christians have as much right to go to heaven as Jesus does? How could that possibly be so. His grace!
3. God’s Power Makes The . . Place For Our God Inspired Works. 2:8-10
A. The Place Of Our Works Did Not . . Provide Salvation. 2:8
8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God's gift—
B. The Place Of Our Works Did Not . . Produce Boasting. 2:9
9 not from works, so that no one can boast.
C. The Place Of Our Works Did . . Provided Works Of Grace For Us To Walk In. 2:10
10 For we are His creation—created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time
so that we should walk in them. (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
Many Christians memorize Eph. 2:8-10, and site these verses on many occasions. These verse certainly teach us our works cannot bring us salvation. If you would check out all the times the New Testament uses the term, “good works,” you will find it is never used before a person’s salvation experience. The works of a non-Christian cannot produce boastful works because God does not prompt such works. We know our works did not provide salvation but God’s grace did. It is interesting to note a saved person does good works until after they are saved. God designed works for Christian only after they knew they were saved. Many Christian people serve the Lord and may not even be thinking of there efforts as, “good works,” but because they were prompted by the Lord they become just that. God’s Power Changes People. Amen? Amen!
Deep enough to damage us, and damn us without the possibility
of our efforts cleansing the filth of sin from our lives.