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The Workmanship of God (Ephesians 2:1-10)

April 29, 2015

Reflecting on the Passage:

This week’s sermon displays the power of God in His creation. Deacon Johnson exalts the beauty of God’s invitation and rich mercy towards His creation. The focus of this sermon is on the execution of God’s masterpiece in the way He dealt with our crucial conflict by sending a Conquering Christ to solidify the continuity of the family.


God Dealt with a Crucial Conflict

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in 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).

Why is there a conflict between mankind and God? Due to Adam’s sin in the garden, mankind inherited his punishment, which includes broken relationships, burdensome labor, death (both physically and spiritually), and the wrath of God (cf. Romans 5). Being sons and daughters of disobedience, we believe that we can add something to our salvation, so we seek to find alternate ways to justify our lives before God and others. Deacon Johnson describes our universal condition as being destitute of the abundant life that flows from a surrendered and devoted will to God (Isaiah 53:6).

God Dispatched the Conquering Christ

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).”

The error of our ways increases when we are far off from God (Acts 17:22-34). We were created for fellowship and worship, to be near to God. How is this resolved? God the Father, being rich in mercy and love, choose to send His Son, the Conquering Christ, to rescue us out of our hopeless condition and restore our relationship with God the Father.

God Dedicates Himself to the Continuity of the Family

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).”

More importantly, as we began to really understand how precious the Conquering Christ is in the sight of the Father, we also see the dedication of the Son to reconcile His people to one another (Daniel 7:9-14, 10:5-6; Matthew 17:5; Luke 3:22; Revelation 9:9-18). Jesus Christ is the key to receiving all the promises and privileges God has made available to His people. One of those promises is an outpouring of His Holy Spirit upon the people Christ purchased with His blood, in order that they may live harmoniously among one another, despite their previous conflicts and distinctions, as one true family (Acts 2:16-47; Ephesians 1, 2:12-22, 3; Philippians 2:1; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 1 John 1:7). Once we realize salvation is a gift, not a work done by us, but one achieved by Christ on our behalf, then we can share the Father’s dedication in building lasting relationships within the Body of Christ with gratitude (Titus 3:4-8).

What does it mean to be without God in this world?

A dreadful thought. If we believe there is no God, then we must assume the role of God, which puts an unbearable weight on our shoulders requiring us to try to control every circumstance, situation, and relationship. Fortunately, God has invited us into His rich mercy and His mercy-filled family made available in Christ and through Christ. Apart from Him, there is nothing but wrath and hopelessness.

Listen to this week’s full sermon for free and check out the sermon note below.

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