Brought Near, part 1 | Ephesians 2:13-16

March 19, 2017

The Extent Of Gentile Separation

Paul shows the Gentiles how they have been “brought near” to God through Jesus: “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.” (Ephesians 2:13–16 ESV)

Ephesians 2:13-16

The Extent Of Gentile Separation | Ephesians 2:11-12

March 12, 2017

The Extent Of Gentile Separation

Paul reminds the Gentiles of how separated they were from God’s blessings: “Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands—remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.” (Ephesians 2:11–12 ESV)

Ephesians 2:11-12

The Work of Salvation, part 2 | Ephesians 2:8-10

March 5, 2017

The Work of Salvation, part 2

Continuation of the work of salvation, where Paul wrote, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,not a result of works, so that no one may boast.For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8–10 ESV)

Ephesians 2:8-10

The Work of Salvation, part 1 | Ephesians 2:8-10

January 29, 2017

The Work of Salvation, part 1

Paul addresses the what, who, and why of the work of salvation in the passage “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,not a result of works, so that no one may boast.For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8–10 ESV)

Ephesians 2:8-10

But God – Amazing Mercy | Ephesians 2:4-7

January 22, 2017

But God

Paul contrasts their former condition and what they deserved with God’s amazing mercy: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:4–7 ESV)

Ephesians 2:4-7

Hopelessness, part 2 | Ephesians 2:1-3

January 15, 2017

Hopelessness, part 2

Paul speaks of the hopelessness in these verses: “And you were dead in the trespasses and sinsin which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” (Ephesians 2:1–3 ESV)

Ephesians 2:1-3

Hopelessness, part 1 | Ephesians 2:1-3

January 8, 2017

Hopelessness, part 1

Paul speaks of the hopelessness in these verses: “And you were dead in the trespasses and sinsin which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” (Ephesians 2:1–3 ESV)

Ephesians 2:1-3

Four Aspects of Power | Ephesians 1:20b-23

January 1, 2017

Four Aspects of Power

Paul pointed out four aspects of the power that God worked in Christ “when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” (Ephesians 1:20–23 ESV)

Ephesians 1:20b-23

Riches, Power, Resurrection | Ephesians 1:18b-20a

November 20, 2016

Riches, Power, Resurrection

Paul wanted them to know “what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places”

Ephesians 1:18b-20a

Prayer for Wisdom and Revelation | Ephesians 1:15-18

November 13, 2016

Prayer for Wisdom and Revelation

This begins Paul’s prayer for the saints that they might have wisdom and revelation of God, specifically that they would understand the hope of His calling, the riches of the glorious inheritance in the saints and the power that is at work in believers.

Ephesians 1:15-18