“Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord”
As we continue our study on Ephesians 1 & 2, you must bear in mind that the bible was not originally written in chapters and verses and as such, chapter 2 is simply a continuation of chapter one. It is the same train of thought from yesterday’s conclusion that the power and authority given to Christ was received by him on our behalf.
See Eph 2:1-3: “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 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: 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.”
Can you see how emphatic Paul is about the fact your old life is in past tense? He uses words and phrases like: ‘who were dead in trespasses and sins,’ ‘had our conversation in times past’ ‘were by nature the children of wrath.’ Who is he writing to? Everyone who believes in Christ Jesus (Eph 1:1).
Reading from verse 4-6, he says: “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
Even here, the bible is clear about what is past and what is present. We were dead in sin, but we have been quickened together with Christ and now sit with Christ in heavenly places.
Why? So that in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus (Eph 2:7). Paul emphasizes in the next two verses that everyone who believes has been saved by grace, not works and as such has no reason to boast. Paul does a great job of telling us what Christ has done and who we are because of that before he puts good works in proper perspective. We’ll talk about it in the next article.