Dead Now Alive
Chapter 2 takes a different turn as move out of the first chapter. After Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian Christians, he presents a picture of life before Christ, of salvation and the ultimate results of faith in Christ.
First we have to realize our condition that we are naturally born into. Paul writes that we were dead in our trespasses and sins. We formerly walked in this condition, according to the course of the world and the prince of the power of the power of the air and the spirit of the sons of disobedience. We formerly lived in the lusts of the flesh and the mind and were by nature children of wrath.
Paul writes two important words next. But God.
God steps into our lives to save us. He is rich in mercy because of his great mercy. What does He do? He changes our condition. Where we were dead, now He makes us alive. He loved us even when were were dead in our transgressions making us alive together in Christ. Not only that, but he has raised us and seated us with Christ in the heavenly places. We are already seated in our ultimate destination. He does this so that He can show the surpassing riches of His grace.
What is the result? By His grace we are saved. This is not of ourselves, it’s the gift of God, It’s not the result of works, so that we cannot boast.
What are we saved to? Works. We are His workmanship, created for good works which God prepared beforehand for us to walk in.