Posts Tagged ‘Ephesians’

Salvation is Designed for Sinners

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV)

Christians start out as sinners. Psalm 51:5 teaches us that we’ve been “brought forth in iniquity.” Iniquity is defined as “immoral or grossly unfair behavior.” In other words, the Christian translation for iniquity is sin. Thus, we’ve all came into being through sin.

You might say that such a totally depraved condition isn’t that person’s fault because he or she was born into it. The Bible goes further in the Old Testament and even the New Testament to address that.

  • Psalm 14:3 says: All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.
  • Psalm 53:3 similarly says: Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.
  • Romans 3:23 says: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

From www.unashamedofjesus.org: “It’s only by God’s grace that we are saved, period. None of us deserve to be saved” The post goes on to say: “. . . in fact all of us deserve the punishment of eternal Hell.” Douloschristos spells it out like this: “All people have sinned and are not good enough for God’s glory. People are made right with God by his grace, which is a free gift.”

Gifted Grace

God saw fit to show us grace. He offered us salvation through His grace which makes it a gift to us. Ephesians 2:9 informs us that salivation is the “gift of God.” In fact, further on in Ephesians 3:7, Paul goes on to use the phrase “the gift of the grace of God.”

The formula works pretty much in a linear flow. We were born sinful. We were at odds with God. While we were still enemies of God, He offered His Son as a sacrifice for our sinfulness to save us.

Let that sink in for you.

We were “enemies of God,” and in the meantime, God decided to grant us salvation by making a sacrifice on our behalf.

We got the gift due to His grace, not because we deserved it or did anything to earn it.

The gift of grace is the perfect fit for our trespasses, our iniquities, our transgressions, and plain and simple, our sins.

I felt the need to share this post after creating a YouTube video on the same subject. I pray that this post and the video as well as the sources below help you to see and understand how much of a gift God’s grace is to us in this life.

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Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Ephesians 6:10 (KJV)

Paul was in prison. It was around AD 62 while he was in prison in Rome when he wrote to the believers in Ephesus. It is one of his Pauline Epistles. It is one of his Prison Letters. It was around the same time that he wrote to believers in Colosse (Colossians) and to an individual believer (Philemon).

He was in prison, but he was writing to these folks in Ephesus in order to encourage them.

I know. I know. It seems backwards. It’s like they should have been rallying the congregation to launch Paul’s Pen Pals as a prison outreach ministry or stirring up the community with the hashtag #FreePaulNow or something like that.

But that wasn’t the case.

Paul sought to offer these believers encouragement in their time of spiritual need.

Hindsight and Headlights

Having the Scriptures at hand offers us hindsight. It is said that hindsight is 20/20, and it is especially so with God’s people when we look back upon the figures of the Bible. People say that Aaron should’ve known better than to make that golden calf at the behest of the people. People see the acts of Judas in the Gospels and say how much they would never do such a thing if they were in the presence of the Lord in the flesh. [Oh, Really? But we all can join like a choir when we talk about how ALL have sinned and fallen short according to Romans 3:23. I just can’t with our holy hindsight at times. It makes us sound so self righteous.]

That holy hindsight has us looking down on folks in the Hall of Faith. That holy hindsight has us speculating on the saints of God of the past. That holy hindsight does not allow us to look deeper within and see where we, too, are not worthy enough to drink of the cup. It doesn’t make us keep a realistic perspective on our own status.

Headlights help us to see what’s up ahead. Hindsight is like the rearview mirror. Ot helps you see the past. Headlights help you to see what’s ahead as their light penetrates the darkness and provides a view of the upcoming pathway.

But we have these headlights shining upon the pathway ahead while we’re looking in the rearview. They shed light on our way so that we can walk. But we’ve got our necks cocked to the side, still pointing out that moment in the past where Joseph’s brothers made a mistake or even Solomon had a mishap. We can’t go too fast on the journey through the darkness if we try to look back too long or if we try to look beyond the headlights.

Help from Prison

Paul was writing to these believers in Ephesus on how to use their headlights. He wanted them to tap into “the strength of the Lord and the power of his might.” He understood that they would need those two for where they were headed.

Spiritual warfare requires spiritual weaponry.

He told the Ephesians that we are not up against flesh and blood. He warned them that the devil has his own weapons of warfare in use. He offered them some armor for their protection and to prevent them from being overtaken by what we call satanic attack.

Ten Days In (One-Third Through)

On this 10th day of our 30-Day Prayer Challenge for 2022, I realize how much the demonic forces want to prevent and prohibit us from experiencing God’s power. Don’t fall prey to the satanic attack or the demonic devices.

We’re one-third of the way through with this prayer challenge and this leg of a long journey with the Lord if we do not grow faint. And that makes us targets for such an attack.

Stand firm “in the strength of the Lord and the power of his might.”

Do not allow yourself to be defeated by these demonic devices.

Do not allow yourself to these satanic schemes.

Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

Stand firm.

Tap into His power through continued prayer and stand firm against all attacks coming your way.

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