Welcome to Word Study Wednesday! We are studying the book of Ephesians and today we will look at Ephesians chapter 2.
My outline for Ephesians is Sit, Walk, Stand, Bow. This week we will learn where those who have salvation sit in relation to Jesus Christ. Chapter 2 compares what we were like before salvation and who we are in Christ as believers. I like to make lists as I study the Bible because it helps me to remember what I have studied. For this chapter I have two categories on my list, with the first category being called formerly and the second category called in Christ. These categories could have different names, but I like to use words which I pull from the text. Both of these words are repeated key works in chapter 2 with formerly appearing 4 times and in Christ Jesus appearing 4 times as well. The lists are rather long so I will not type them out here, but you can download my list by clicking here: Ephesians Week 3. I have also included an outline at the bottom with Greek words for some of the words used throughout Chapter 2. I don’t know if this will be useful to my followers on my blog, but my students in class will appreciate it.
If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you should be able to look at the formerly list and see a change in your life. Before your salvation you were dead in trespasses and sins, walked according to the course of the world, lived in the lusts of your flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and mind and by nature were children of wrath. If you still look like your former life, then you need to examine your salvation. Fortunately, Paul tells us how to be saved in Chapter 2 starting with verse 8. We are saved by grace, which means unmerited favor. Salvation is a gift from God which cannot be earned by good works. Most world religions require their members to do good works to earn their way to heaven or karma or whatever their salvation is supposed to give them. When they die, they hope their good works out weigh their bad works so they can earn a spot in heaven. Christianity is different than all other religions in the world. First of all, Christianity is not a religion, but rather a relationship with God. God is a holy God, but he wants to have a relationship with you. He is not some cosmic force in the heavens or an evil dictator. He created you and me to have a relationship with us. If a person repents of their sins and believes that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven, then they can have the free gift of salvation. If you would like to receive this free gift then click here: Need Salvation?
After salvation, according to Ephesians 2, we are raised up with Christ Jesus in a spiritual sense, we are seated with Christ in heavenly places, made into a new man, fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household. The next time you are feeling sorry for yourself, get out the in Christ list and remind yourself who you are in Christ. You are a fellow citizen with the saints. According to Ephesians 1, all believers are saints so you don’t have to be inducted into sainthood after your death. You are a saint right now. The word sinner in the Bible only refers to those who are lost. You are a saint who is rich in God’s mercy and grace. You are loved by God, created in Christ Jesus who is our peace. So no more pity parties are allowed!