Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Ephesians 2:1-10

Have you ever thought about death? About your death? Of course you have - we all have. There is no greater contrast in human experience than that of life and death. There obviously is physical death when personal experiences on this earth cease. We are all going to face physical death – it is the one thing we all have to do. However, in today's reading Paul discussed spiritual death – being eternally separated from God.

The first three verses of today’s reading presents a hopeless humanity. A humanity trapped in sin and fully under Satan’s power. A humanity that is incapable of freeing itself. A humanity that is doomed for spiritual death.

Then in verse 4, Paul says, “But because of his great love for us, God …” These two words, “but God” is the cornerstone of Christianity. But God “made us alive with Christ…” (v5), “… raised us up …” (v6), and “… seated us with him (Jesus) …” (v6). God in his mercy provided humanity with a path to avoid spiritual death. We did not earn it, nothing we did warranted it, but God gave us life when he raised Jesus Christ from the dead. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is a gift of God” (v8).

We become saved through God’s underserved favor, not do to any efforts, abilities, choices, characteristics, or acts of service on our part. Our gratitude for this free gift should be to serve others with kindness, love, and gentleness. We are not saved merely for our own benefit but to glorify Christ by serving others. Works do not produce salvation but are the evidence of salvation. At Saint Matthew's we strive to know and share God’s love.

Wishing you the best in your walk with Christ,
Richard Leach

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