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Ephesians 2

Ephesians 2

Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened [given life], who were dead in trespasses and sin.

We were dead, or as good as dead, because we were full of sin; and the wages of sin is death. The ultimate result of sin is death. We were as good as dead facing ultimate death for our sins.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

But, God, by calling us away from sin unto sincere repentance, and a commitment by us to sin no more, and then applying the reconciling sacrifice of the Lamb of God for our PAST sin, has made us alive in faith and the promise of eternal life; if we endure and overcome.

Once the sacrifice of Christ has been applied to us, we no longer face the penalty of death for our PAST sin. If we persevere and overcome sin by the strength of Jesus Christ living is us we now have the hope of life eternal with God the Father and with Christ, through the sacrifice of Christ and the forgiveness of God the Father.

When we have this hope of life, why would we then turn back to the sin which will result in our death?

Why would we choose to die spiritually? Why do we choose death, when we have been given the hope of eternal life as a spirit?

We must not build again that evil thing which we have destroyed by our sincere repentance and baptismal commitment to stop sinning! We must not return to the bondage to sin and death which Christ destroyed by his sacrifice; we must build a new person free from sin and free from those things which result in bondage to sin and ultimately to death!

Ephesians 2:2 When in time past you walked according to the course of this world. According to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit [of Satan] now works in the children of disobedience.

All of us were full of rebellion and sin against God and we walked according to the rebellious works of Satan. We followed Satan’s example, rebelling against God and being filled with sin.

2:3 among whom, also, we all had our conduct, in times past, [in the lust of our flesh, fulfilling the unlawful desires of flesh and of the mind] And, were by nature the children of [deserving of God’s anger and the wages of sin which is death] wrath even as others.

In other words, we, by being rebellious against God and fulfilling the lusts of our flesh and our imaginations, were incurring and earning the wrath of God. We were earning His judgment and correction; we had earned the wages of sin which is death.

2:4 But, God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love – for he loved us, 2:5 even when we were dead in sins.hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

No amount of future law keeping can atone for our PAST sin, therefore God the Father in his awesome mercy sent the Being who gave up his God-hood to who become the son, to die for his creation, so that we might be saved from our repented PAST sins.

That mercy for PAST sins, in no way justifies remaining in or going back into sin, like Israel desired to go back into bondage in Egypt.

We are to overcome and grow in the knowledge and nature of God the Father and of the Son; adding to faith the works of faith, just as Abraham and Jesus Christ did! and if we remain faithful to go and sin no more, then we shall be raised up to spirit and eternal life, as Jesus was raised up to spirit and eternal life!

2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works [to do the good works of living by every Word of God], which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them [live in the good works of faith].

In the past we were full of sins and deserved to die, but God has quickened us [removed the death penalty for our PAST sins and made us spiritually alive] together with Christ; for by grace ye are saved. That is, by God’s gift of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God and forgiveness, we are saved.

For God the Father gave his own begotten Son for us and we have the potential to enter into the Family of God, to be resurrected and changed to spirit and to become like Christ and to be with Christ, to sit together with Christ in heavenly places.

The sacrifice of Jesus Christ atoning for our sincerely repented sins is a awesome gift of God. It is the gift of God the Father, and it is the gift of the Son.

Reconciliation with God himself; is a gift of God. Forgiveness is a gift of God. The Holy Spirit is a gift of God. And the fruit of the Holy Spirit is faith in God and eternal salvation; IF we continue in our commitment to God to STOP sinning, and continue to follow that Spirit into fully internalizing the very nature of God!

“We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works.” That is, Jesus Christ created us to do good works; which are the keeping of EVERY Word of God.

Good works as defined by God is to live by every Word of God the Father and Jesus Christ! For, as Jesus said, “only God is good.”

True good works are NOT doing what we think is right or good!

True good works are to live by the Word and Will of God Almighty as defined by the Word of God.

2:11 Wherefore, remember, that ye, being in time past, gentiles in the flesh, who are called uncircumcision by that which is called the circumcision in the flesh made by hands. 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Both those of physical Israel and the physical Gentiles who are called out and faithful to follow the whole Word of God, have become a new spiritual nation of priests and kings, full of the marvelous LIGHT of the Word of God, forever!

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar [special] people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;

Galatians 2:13 But, now, in Christ Jesus, he who sometimes were afar off, [those who were far off from God] are brought near [reconciled to God the Father] by the blood of Christ 2:14 for he is our peace who hath made both one and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.

We who were wicked in sin have been reconciled to God by the calling of God to sincere repentance and the removal of the veil of sin which has separated us from God through the sacrifice of Christ.

The veil in the temple which partitioned off the holy place; the inner sanctuary of God from the people; represented the veil of sin that separates us from God the Father.

Jesus Christ through his sacrifice; tore that veil apart, revealing that PAST sincerely repented of sin could be removed by the application of his sacrifice; opening the way for the sincerely repentant to be reconciled to God the Father.

The symbolism of the tearing of the veil in the temple at the death of Christ is that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ could atone for and remove the sin which separates us from God, thereby reconciling us to God and allowing us access directly to God the Father.

Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh, the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances for to make in himself of two, one new man, so, making peace thereby 2:16 that he might reconcile both [Jew and Gentile] unto God in one body [one spiritual Ekklesia] by the cross [by his death] having slain the enmity [between Jew and Gentile and between repentant man and God, and bringing reconciliation] thereby. 2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

Christ abolished – by the death of his flesh – the indictment list of the laws and ordinances which we had broken; and paid the penalty which we had earned by our sins.

Jesus Christ tore up the indictment against us for our sincerely repented PAST sins [our rebellion against God]; and freed us from having to pay for our sins ourselves, through his atoning sacrifice; thereby redeeming us and reconciling us to God the Father.

That is, Christ abolished the list of our sincerely repented PAST sins, paying for them in our place.

He did not abolish God’s Word or the law itself. He abolished the indictment against us; which is the list of the laws which we have broken, so that he might reconcile us to God the Father.

2:18 For through him we both [Jew and Gentile] have access by one Spirit [of God] unto [the same God] the Father.

BOTH Jews and Gentiles, who are called out and who diligently passionately follow the whole Word of God; are brothers and fellow citizens of the family of God.

2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

The spiritual Ekklesia is to be built on the whole Word of God and not on the words of any man. We are to prove out every word of men by the whole Word of God and we are to hold fast to God’s Word and to live by every Word of God!

The term apostles and prophets used here, is not referring to some person who comes along and claims to be an apostle or prophet; it is referring to the Holy Scriptures as written by the prophets and apostles of God Almighty.

2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

It is through sincere repentance and the application of Christ’s sacrifice that we are reconciled to God the Father and can receive the gift of God’s Spirit; and, thereby, have direct access to God the Father.

The collective body of those with God’s Spirit is built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ and the whole Word of God. And the Apostles and Prophets were the ones who wrote the Word of God. Moses was a prophet. The prophets wrote what some would call the Old Testament and the apostles wrote what some would call the New Testament.

The Bible is one cohesive whole and the New Testament merely explains and builds on the, so called Old Testament.

The term apostles and prophets is a reference to all of the Holy Scriptures. The spiritual Ekklesia is built on the Holy Scriptures and not on the words of myself or any other man.

We should always be standing on ALL of the Holy Scriptures, “on the apostles and prophets and Jesus Christ. In whom, all the building fitly framed together grows in to a holy temple in the Lord. In whom, ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the spirit.”

The temple is the dwelling place of God. And, through God’s Spirit dwelling in us, we become a spiritual temple of God. Then if we are faithfully submissive to God, and follow where God’s Spirit leads and we passionately live by every Word of God, God’s Spirit will dwell in us and we will have the sure hope of a resurrection to eternal life in spirit form.

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