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There’s freedom with your Father
March 14, 2021

There’s freedom with your Father

March 14, 2021

Ephesians 2:1-10

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Made Alive in Christ

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

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The Christless life is a living death. Paul wrote to Timothy concerning certain widows, “she that liveth in pleasure [sinful pleasure of selfish indulgence] is dead while she liveth” (1 Tim. 5:6—KJV). How terrible is the thought of a life lived in total divorcement from God: ye were dead. Perhaps no greater sense of despair ever settled upon the consciousness of man than to hear the decisive pronouncement concerning a loved one: “he is dead!” When Christ said decisively, “Lazarus is dead” (John 11:14b), Thomas’ sense of despair impelled him to respond, “Let us also go that we may die with him” (John 11:16). Outside of faith in Christ there is no appeal from this verdict. Outside of Christ death is ultimate—final! The old Anglo-Saxon word “death” is probably the most awful word in the English vocabulary. Simply defined, death means separation. Physical death occurs with the separation of the spiritual personality, the soul, from the body. [1]

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[1] Charles W. Carter, “The Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians,” in Romans-Philemon, vol. 5, The Wesleyan Bible Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1966), 387–388.

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