Studies in Ephesians – Ephesians 2:1-10
G – R – A – C – E
Gratifying – v. 2 – We were gratifying someone even if it was only ourselves. How lost we were. Grace is for the lost.
Ruler of the age – v. 1 – We were serving a false god all the time we were in the world. We have only to look back to see what a poor master we served and how hopeless we were. The ruler of the age cared nothing for our salvation.
Coming ages – v. 7 – Climatologists tell us that the world will be very different by 2047 when the oceans rise by an inch or more. This world will not last. In Christ we are being prepared for a world to come.
Employment – v. 10 – Yes, we were saved by grace. We were not saved by works, but we were saved to work. We stand downstream in the history of Christianity, and we stand downstream from the reformers like Martin Luther who were reacting against the salvation by works that had crept into the church. If we trace our roots back to the origin of Christianity we would find that grace was not separated from works. We were not saved by our own works but the work of Christ, and we were saved to continue the work of Christ.
Exemplary story: Today many of the old hymns seem to be forgotten. I hope their powerful messages are not forgotten. The chorus of an old hymn reminds us of the power of grace: “Grace, grace, God’s grace, grace that is greater than all our sins.”