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First Look – Ephesians 2:1-10

Studying the Bible can be intimidating. But it is worthwhile to dig in and allow God to transform us through His Word!

We plan to make a series of short (~ 5 minutes) videos with Bible passages where some guidelines will be shared that will hopefully help you get started in understanding the Bible.

In this episode, we will look at Ephesians 2:1-10 and highlight how asking the question of “Who?” can help us get started in studying this portion of the Scriptures.

Below is the text as discussed in the video for those who prefer to do their learning via reading rather than watching.

Ephesians 2:1-10
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together 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 coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Now, take a look at WHO is the key subject of each section of the Bible text …

In vv. 1-3
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

In vv. 4-7
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together 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 coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

In vv. 8-10
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

In summary:
Ephesians 2:1-3
Our situation before we are saved
Ephesians 2:4-7
What God has done to offer salvation to us
Ephesians 2:8-10
Our new reality: (1) Saved by grace (2) Saved to do good works