In this article I’ll start off with 20 affirmations we can glean from Ephesians chapter 2. Then you will see a summary of what Paul is saying in these verses followed by a complete breakdown and a more in-depth look at the entire chapter…
- I am made alive in Christ.
- God’s great love has quickened me.
- I am saved by grace through faith.
- My salvation is a gift from God.
- I am God’s workmanship, created for good works.
- I am no longer a stranger to God’s household.
- I am reconciled to God through Christ.
- I have peace through Christ.
- I have access to the Father through the Spirit.
- I am built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets.
- I am a holy temple in the Lord.
- I am a habitation of God through the Spirit.
- I am no longer dead in trespasses and sins.
- I am no longer a child of wrath.
- I am no longer without hope.
- I am no longer without Christ.
- I am no longer far from God.
- I am no longer an outsider to the commonwealth of Israel.
- I am no longer a stranger to the covenants of promise.
- I am no longer without God in the world.
What is Ephesians Chapter 2 About?
In the book of Ephesians, Paul writes about the transformative power of God’s love and grace. In chapter 2 — he reminds his readers that they were once dead in their trespasses and sins – but through Christ, they have been made alive.
- Paul paints a sobering picture of the darkness and hopelessness that once consumed their lives. They walked according to the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that works in the children of disobedience. They lived in the lusts of their flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and the mind. And they were by nature the children of wrath, just like everyone else.
- But despite all of this, God, who is rich in mercy, loved us with a great love. He quickened us together with Christ and saved us by his grace. He raised us up and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come, he could show the exceeding riches of his grace and kindness toward us.
- Paul reminds his readers that they are saved by grace through faith, and not of themselves. This salvation is a gift from God, and not something that we can earn through our own efforts or works. We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has ordained for us to walk in.
- In the past, the readers of this letter were Gentiles, and were therefore outsiders to the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise. They were without Christ and had no hope, and were without God in the world. But now, through Christ, they have been made nigh. He is our peace, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us, making us one new man and reconciling us to God.
- Paul encourages his readers to remember that they are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. They are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ himself as the chief cornerstone. Through him, we have access by one Spirit to the Father, and we are all built together into an habitation of God through the Spirit.
We Were Dead in Trespasses and Sins
In Ephesians 2:2, we are told that we were dead in trespasses and sins… Before we came to know Christ – we were living in a state of spiritual death… We were living according to the ways of this world and were subject to the rule of the prince of the power of the air – the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.
We Walked According to the Lusts of the Flesh
In Ephesians 2:3, we are told that in the past, we walked according to the lusts of our flesh… We were living in a way that was focused on satisfying our own desires, rather than on following God’s will for our lives… We were living in a way that was contrary to God’s nature, and were therefore children of wrath, just like everyone else.
God, Who Is Rich in Mercy, Quickened Us
But in Ephesians 2:4-5, we are reminded that God, who is rich in mercy, has quickened us… God has given us new life in Christ and has saved us by his grace… We are no longer dead in our trespasses and sins but have been made alive in Christ.
We Have Been Raised Up and Made to Sit in Heavenly Places
In Ephesians 2:6, we are told that God has not only quickened us but has also raised us up and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus… So… through Christ, we have been given a new position of authority and power – and are able to live in a way that is pleasing to God.
God Will Show the Riches of His Grace in the Ages to Come
In Ephesians 2:7, we are told that in the ages to come… God will show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness towards us through Christ Jesus… Even though we may not always see the full extent of God’s grace in this life — we can be confident that in the life to come, we will see his grace in all its fullness.
We Are Saved by Grace Through Faith
In Ephesians 2:8-9, we are reminded that we are saved by grace through faith… and not by our own works! Our salvation is not something we can earn or deserve… but is a gift that God has given us freely – out of his love and mercy.
We Are God’s Workmanship, Created for Good Works
In Ephesians 2:10, we are told that we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works… God has created us for a specific purpose — and has given us the ability and opportunity to do good works that will bring glory to his name.
We Are No Longer Strangers and Foreigners, but Fellow Citizens
In Ephesians 2:19-22, we are told that through Christ, we are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God… Through our union with Christ – we have been brought into a new family… one that is made up of all believers in Christ — both Jew and Gentile.
The Middle Wall of Partition Has Been Broken Down
In Ephesians 2:14-16, we are told that through Christ… the middle wall of partition between us has been broken down. This refers to the separation that existed between Jews and Gentiles — and how through Christ, this separation has been abolished. In Christ… we are made one — and are able to have peace with God and with one another.
Christ Has Preached Peace to Us
In Ephesians 2:17, we are told that Christ has preached peace to us… Through his death on the cross — Christ has reconciled us to God… and has brought us into a state of peace with him. This peace is not just a temporary state – but is something that will last for eternity.
We Have Access to the Father Through Christ
In Ephesians 2:18, we are told that through Christ… we have access to the Father by the Spirit. Because of what Christ has done for us — we are able to come to God in prayer – and to have a relationship with him that is based on trust and intimacy.
We Are Built on the Foundation of the Apostles and Prophets
In Ephesians 2:20, we are told that we are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets… with Christ himself as the chief cornerstone. So our faith is based on the teaching and revelation that God has given to his people throughout history – and that Christ is the one who holds everything together and gives it its true meaning.
We Are God’s Holy Temple
In Ephesians 2:21-22, we are told that through Christ… we are being built together into a holy temple for the Lord. Through our union with Christ — we are becoming a place where God’s presence dwells – and where he can be worshiped and glorified.
In conclusion — Ephesians 2 is a powerful reminder of the love and mercy of God… Through Christ, we have been saved from our trespasses and sins – and have been made alive in him… We have been given a new position of authority and power — and have been brought into a new family of believers. And through our union with Christ… we are being built into a holy temple for the Lord.
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