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Ephesians 2 Part 1–It is the Greatest Gift

Human beings are such a mess.  In fact, scripture says we are born dead. Dead men walking. We are born into a world of sin, and then as we grow, we seem to fit right in. Our nature drives us to be the personal God of our life and the enemy cheers and coaches us on toward sinfulness and destruction. Sin is so prevalent and rampant among people that even if we tries to live a life apart from sin, we are beaten down in failure because we are simply unable to overcome sin’s power on our own.

God’s word goes on to give the best news of all time – “BUT GOD…” God, through Christ Jesus, stepped in. Jesus’ sinless life and sacrificial death conquered the sin and death problem for us! When we believe in Him, we are given the power through the Holy Spirit to be made alive again! He paid the penalty for our sin and released us from its grip and resulting punishment.  

The most beautiful part of the story is that we did not have to do anything to receive the new life prepared by God through His son.  Some of the sweetest words in the Bible are the words Paul uses in this scripture:  “For it is by grace you have been saved—through faith”! This is the new pronouncement by our Creator and Father in Heaven.  

Imagine sitting in a courtroom, Satan as the prosecutor.  He has just finished presenting the case against you. As he reviewed your life, the occasions where you failed were so numerous that the shame of it was overwhelming. Jesus, your advocate, rises and in defense simply holds up His nail-scarred hands and says, “I died for those sins.”

The Father, as Judge, taps the gavel and asks that you, the defendant, please rise. You stand, with Jesus by your side. Then the Father, with the smile that only a father can wear, repeats these words to the entire court of Heaven – NOT GUILTY!  Here is your gift from God! 

Despite the sin of the world and our personal failure, God created us to have fellowship with Him.  He anticipated our sin and created a way to defeat sin and death in order to redeem us. We only need to accept the gift and allow the Savior to stand with us.  Now, we walk confidently and joyfully in the midst of a broken and chaotic world by the perfect grace and perfect plan of God!

God Bless You

And you [a]were dead [b]in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the [c]course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, [d]indulging the desires of the flesh and of the [e]mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead [f]in our transgressions, made us alive together [g]with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and [h]that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.


This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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