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Now I want you to notice something. Love is gracious.” God is love, and love wants to be kind and gracious. – I’m a liar. Romans 8 talks about, “And you’ll be with Christ, and you’ll be in his image.” Someday the resurrection and exaltation of the body, but already past tense if you’re a Christian God has accomplished the resurrection and exaltation of your soul, of your spirit. And so it’s the realm of sinful thought, the air. Could I ever make up to her for the loss of that little life by paying a fine, serving a sentence? in Christ Jesus--"Jesus" is here added, whereas the expression before ( Ephesians 2:12 ) had been merely "Christ," to mark that they know Christ as the personal Saviour, "Jesus." It’s all there at the moment of salvation, and that’s the message of verse 19 of chapter 1 where he is praying that we would understand the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the already-present working of his mighty power. 1. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Ephesians 2:11-22 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: Paul twice notes that he is writing to Gentiles (2:11; 3:1). for--that is, "because of His great love." Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. Commentary on Ephesians 2:1-10 View Bible Text . Now remember that the book of Ephesians is concerned with what it means to be in Christ, what it means to be one with Jesus Christ, what it means to be a part of his body the church of which he is the head, what it means to have been master-planned into the body from before the world began. Read full review Secondly, by love, by love. And finally, in frustration the teacher said, “Who made you?” And the little guy said, “God did, but he ain’t done yet.” And none of us is done yet, but the shaping is going on and the good works are part of it. Hence there was a twofold wall of partition, one the inner wall, severing the Jewish people from entrance to the holy part of the temple where the priests officiated, the other the outer wall, separating the Gentile proselytes from access to the court of the Jews (compare Ezekiel 44:7 , Acts 21:28 ). First thing he says, “You are not only dead before you’re a Christian, but you are functioning as a death walker doing sins and trespasses according to the course of the world.” In other words, you are a victim of the spirit of the age. As one with Him and His fellow workers, they, too, in a secondary sense, are called "foundations" ( Revelation 21:14 ). our conversation--"our way of life" ( 2 Corinthians 1:12 , 1 Peter 1:18 ). I don’t deserve it.” Yes, you’re right, neither do I. But a mighty purification of the air will be effected by Christ's coming" [AUBERLEN], for Satan shall be bound ( Revelation 12:12 Revelation 12:13 Revelation 12:15 Revelation 12:17 , Revelation 20:2 Revelation 20:3 ). The moment you’ve saved, the ages to come begin. And we’re all creatures of faith. And I said, “Well what is it? And I got all finished and he came up to me and he said, “I am a Muslim, but what you have said has intrigued me and I would like to have Jesus Christ.” And I thought, “Boy, that’s fabulous because you don’t have Muslims do that very often.” So we went off in a little side room at the hotel where it was happening and I presented Christ to him, and he prayed a little prayer and he invited Jesus Christ into his life. It is also fatal to the theory of sacerdotal priests in the Gospel through whom alone the people can approach God. Satan is not only functioning in atmosphere physically; he is functioning in terms of a manifest ideology. He’s right up on them; he’s current. He is promoting concepts. He is conducting himself in complete harmony with the spirit of the age; the Germans called it the zeitgeist, the spirit of the times. By His being slain, He slew it (compare Hebrews 2:14 ). They viewed them as uncircumcised dogs. He took both into Himself, and reconciled them, united, to God, by His assuming our nature and our penal and legal liabilities ( Ephesians 2:15 , Isaiah 9:5 Isaiah 9:6 , 53:5 , Micah 5:5 , Colossians 1:20 ). You see that isn’t the issue; good works isn’t the issue. You are walking according to the course of the cosmos.”. That’s total depravity. 6. raised us up together--with Christ. Thus he appropriately shows regard to the claims of the Jews and Gentiles: "the prophets" representing the old Jewish dispensation, "the apostles" the new. He’s in that atmosphere.” But there’s more than that, and he may be floating around there and he may be clear up to the stars also, and he may be up in the third heaven too once in a while when he goes before the throne of God as in Job. It’s like John Eddie, the great Scotch commentator said, “It’s a case of death walking. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. It’s the stuff the system’s selling, and the death walker doesn’t have any place else to go, so he buys whatever it’s selling, so he does whatever the society does, and it just perpetuates the society like a snowball. I’ve sinned against her love, not against the law. We’re all clued in on that. There’s no gift of the Holy Spirit. And if you can trust the people that make hamburgers and cokes and bridges and take care of your water, you ought to be able to trust the God of the universe, and that’s the essence of faith. It does not mean – when we saw a person is a sinner, it does not mean that they’re all the same level of vile, rotten, degraded, corrupt, decaying sinners. It is right from hell. The Greek order more emphatically marks this innate corruption: "Those who in their (very) nature are children of wrath"; Ephesians 2:5 , "grace" is opposed to "nature" here; and salvation (implied in Ephesians 2:5 Ephesians 2:8 , "saved") to "wrath." That’s the purpose. He made us alive. You’re no longer of this world. Now Paul moves from eternity past in chapter one into time in chapter 2. No matter what the stimulus is, physical death means you can’t react. And he does it, his power. That’s man. lest--rather, as Greek, "that no man should boast" ( Romans 3:27 , 4:2 ). In other words, this is point two, to understand the power of God look at the resurrection of Christ and his exaltation. It doesn’t mean that everybody is literally indwelt by Satan like Judas was, but it means Satan is behind the influences. of the partition" or "fence"; the middle wall which parted Jew and Gentile. the law of commandments contained in--Greek, "the law of the commandments (consisting) in ordinances." Verse 6 says, “He raised you up and gave you a seat in heavenly places.” Look, illustration number one of God's power he raised Jesus and exalted him to the right hand. covenants of promise--rather, ". Let’s pray. - … Further, he says in chapter 2, “It is the power that raised you from the dead and lifted you to the exaltation of the sons of God to sit you at the right hand of God with Christ.”. EXEGESIS: BACKGROUND: While this book begins, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus” (1:1), scholars today are divided regarding both the authorship and the intended recipients. God, by His Spirit in believers, has them for His habitation ( 1 Corinthians 3:16 1 Corinthians 3:17 , 6:19 , 2 Corinthians 6:16 ). ( Colossians 2:13 ). slain the enmity--namely, that had been between man and God; and so that between Jew and Gentile which had resulted from it. You say, “I’m not much of a masterpiece.” Well you’re getting there. You gotta have it. No religion of human achievement. Father, thank you for this morning. Fifth, through faith. His body is alive, but his inner man spiritually speaking is dead. Christ's ascension seems to have cast Satan out of heaven ( Revelation 12:5 Revelation 12:9 Revelation 12:10 Revelation 12:12 Revelation 12:13 ), where he had been heretofore the accuser of the brethren ( Job 1:6-11 ). That’s the issue. It doesn’t mean you never do a good thing; it just means you’re locked into a circle that you can’t escape, a death walk in the spirit of the age. The Greek order in the oldest manuscripts is, "That in time past (literally, once) ye," &c. Such remembrance sharpens gratitude and strengthens faith ( Ephesians 2:19 ) [BENGEL]. It’s the sin of not doing it! And in Luke 11:13, Jesus said this: “If ye then being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask?” In other words, he says, “You know there are people who give good gifts to their children.” “What kind of people are those, Lord?” Evil. Physically in the flesh, mentally in the mind he is drawn, he is driven, into the functioning of sin and trespass. by grace ye are saved--Greek, "Ye are in a saved state." Scripture: Ephesians 2:1–3. For the doctrine of both was essentially one ( 1 Peter 1:10 1 Peter 1:11 , Revelation 19:10 ). that we should walk in them--not "be saved" by them. That’s humanism. You go down a highway you’ve never been on and you drive 60 miles an hour without any fear that there’s gonna be a stone wall in your lane around the next bend. He is a death-walking zombie manifesting at total inability to accomplish God's standard, even though from time to time he manifests some moral goodness. Look with me, would you, at the second chapter of the letter to the Ephesians, Ephesians chapter 2. . I always think about the drawing-room function I read about years ago. We were there when he rose from the dead. are--Greek, "have been." Even more than that, life, life. You know when Lazarus came out of the grave – I thought of an analogy just now. There are the works of the flesh in Galatians 5:19-21. And then when you get the ‘second blessing’, then you get all the goodies that go with it.” And it would be a horrible thing to think of, but that’s the way most of those people have to exist, somewhere in the limbo between believing though they’re saved they have nothing, and trying to find that second thing that you finally get that can give you the power you need. 5. dead in sins--The best reading is in the Greek, "dead in our (literally, 'the') trespasses." Man’s trouble is he is dead. I know the Psalm, but you know the Shepperd.” And that’s the difference. The world of death walkers has an atmosphere generated by the archōn of that atmosphere, none other than Satan. Ephesians has rightly been titled the believer's bank and the treasure house of the Bible. A man does not kill and thus he is a murderer. Someday you’ll be raised out of this world physically. You’re his masterpiece. Now the Bible talks a lot about works. So Isaiah 57:19 . And the end of it all is he is a “child of wrath,” says verse 3, like everybody else. They’re in harmony with each other. Compare Ephesians 6:12 , John 12:31 . Tears came down the cheeks of the people, and the actor turned to him and said, “Sir, I see the difference. Each volume was written to be as comprehensive and accurate as possible, dealing thoroughly with every key phrase and word in the Scripture without being unnecessarily technical. Acts 26:23 is strictly parallel; after His resurrection "He showed light to the people ('them that were nigh') and to the Gentiles ('you that were afar off')," by His Spirit in His ministers (compare 1 Peter 3:19 ). In Luke chapter 6, verse 33, Jesus said, “If you do good to them who do good to you what thanks do you have? The image of a building is appropriate also to the Jew-Christians; as the temple at Jerusalem was the stronghold of Judaism; as Diana's temple, of paganism. First, salvation is from sin, from sin. And I thought to myself, “You know I’m sure that in terms of human relationships the very strongest stimulus there is is the love of a mother for a little infant.” If that mother can’t get a response out of that little infant, that’s death, physical death, the inability to respond. He kills because he is a murderer. We would. He picked you out of the grave, a miracle of resurrection. “For his great love with which he loved us.” You say salvation is based on love. If you breathe spiritually, it’s because God slapped you on the back. But under that general thrust, I want you to see six aspects of salvation, and these are the six. The point is if you’re doubting the power of God in your life, it is the power that raised Christ; it is the power that raised you. Not of works--This clause stands in contrast to "by grace," as is confirmed by Romans 4:4 Romans 4:5 , 11:6 . That’s living. His title, "Shiloh," means the same ( Genesis 49:10 ). Nothing else matters, the law is satisfied. This is the sexy 70s. Far off from God and from the people of God ( Ephesians 2:17 , Isaiah 57:19 , Acts 2:39 ). You’ve been transformed out of this world. He made us alive together with him. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Mercy for the sinner. The point is it’s what you don’t do, and you don’t live a holy life. Paul has just rehearsed the sad plight of the Gentiles before Christ (2:11-12). holy--as being the "habitation of God" ( Ephesians 2:22 ). And so he not only raised me from the dead but he raised me to his hand, his right hand. Total depravity is death walking in sin and trespass according to the spirit of the age. And we’re gonna discuss what it means to come alive in Christ, what it really means to be saved, what it is to be a Christian. And yet God reaches out and says, “I know you did that, but I offer you unconditional and complete forgiveness.” And so it is that God in his great love not only sees his law satisfied but he sees his love satisfied. It’s not that complicated! Oh, what a wonderful thing, people. foreigners--rather, "sojourners"; opposed to "members of the household," as "strangers" is to "fellow citizens." Illustration number two he raised you and exalted you to the right hand of God. in the world--in contrast to belonging to "the commonwealth of Israel." That’s why we only know that in Jesus Christ when his righteousness is given to us by God. Chapters include: - The Riches of His Grace (Ephesians 1:1-14) Thus this twofold wall represented the Sinaitic law, which both severed all men, even the Jews, from access to God (through sin, which is the violation of the law), and also separated the Gentiles from the Jews. He dominates it and it pressures man, and man succumbs and does what the world’s system tells him to do. of groweth--"is growing" continually. See that? And so it is in human history and humankind, all are dead but there are variances in the decadence, in the decaying of what is left. quickened--"vivified" spiritually, and consequences hereafter, corporally. Verse 6, “and hath raised us up together and made us sit together in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus.” Now this is so good. What about the little boy’s mother? 2 And you [He made alive], when you were dead (slain) by [your] trespasses and sins 2 In which at one time you walked [habitually]. No longer able to accuse in heaven those justified by Christ, the ascended Saviour ( Romans 8:33 Romans 8:34 ), he assails them on earth with all trials and temptations; and "we live in an atmosphere poisonous and impregnated with deadly elements. I am not a liar because I lie. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Secondly, to understand the power of God, look at your resurrection and your exaltation. We ask ourselves often the question what does it mean to be saved? So man is dead. I think about the apostle Paul who’s there, all the people who’ve gone to be with him. And he did it when he made Christ alive. Compare Ephesians 4:16 , Zechariah 6:12 , "The Branch shall build the temple of the Lord," where similarly the growth of a branch, and the building of a temple, are joined. But if you’ll look with me at Ephesians 2:1-10 it ought to eliminate any doubt and any question, 'cause it’s here. Look at verse 10: “For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus,” – watch this – “unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Listen, if God before ordained that you should walk in good works, believe me, he also gave you the power to do that when you were saved. The completed registration allows us to send order and donation receipts to the email address you provided. He gives you everything through Jesus Christ. I’ve got better things for you to do.” And so it is that man is in a state of death walking. Ephesians 2, Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is from the most widely read and often quoted preacher in history, Charles Haddon Spurgeon That’s humanism. We don’t do a sin and then die; we’re born dead, that’s why we sin. NET RSV ASV YLT DBY ... Ephesians (No. ) The baby was dead. What are the first two words of verse 4? You know Burger King says it, “Have it your way.” Grab all the gusto you can get, the beer says. 17. We have killed his Son and continue to do so in rejection and open defiance and not believing in him. And soon the ambulance arrived, and they were unable to do anything. Romans 1 says that. And if you’ve been made alive in Jesus Christ, you don’t ever need to question the power of God available in your life right now. And you He made alive: The words He made alive are in italics, which indicates that they are added to the text but implied from the context. We’re gonna hurry a little bit, so if you don’t have it just listen it and I’ll read it. There was a balustrade of stone which separated the court of the Gentiles from the holy place, which it was death for a Gentile to pass. It is that you fail, Matthew 5:48 where Jesus said, “Be ye perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect,” and that’s where we fail, right? Physical death is an inability to respond. BENGEL and ALFORD refer the meaning solely to these ( Ephesians 3:5 , 4:11 ). And it’s amazing you know when we have sinned because we’ve even sinned against his love. A famous actor was there and everybody was asking him to recite famous pieces and he had an unlimited repertoire and he kept doing it. And in the ages to come he wants to show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. The evangelist was gone; the place was dark. ... Scripture: Ephesians 2:1. Commentary is a great help. We’re gonna see who can jump to Catalina. Sin is coming short of glorifying God. But then Philip baptized an Ethiopian eunuch—a man who, because of his physical Outline Salutation (1:1, 2) Contrast Ephesians 2:13 , Ephesians 3:6 , Ephesians 4:4 Ephesians 4:5 , with Psalms 147:20 . hath he quickened--supplied from the Greek ( Ephesians 2:5 ). And why? And notice the little phrase, “the prince of the power of the air.” What is this air? We are not dead because of sin. in the flesh made by hands--as opposed to the true "circumcision of the heart in the Spirit, and not the letter" ( Romans 2:29 ), "made without the hands in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ" ( Colossians 2:11 ). The Platonists believed the soul passed through perpetual changes, now happy, and then again miserable; the Stoics, that it existed no longer than till the time of the general burning up of all things. Dr. MacArthur writes with that one purpose in mind. The Bible says that it is what comes out of a man that defiles the man. You’re the king. Yet "faith" cometh by the means which man must avail himself of, namely, "hearing the word of God" ( Romans 10:17 ), and prayer ( Luke 11:13 ), though the blessing is wholly of God ( 1 Corinthians 3:6 1 Corinthians 3:7 ). That’s the only way. Here comes the power that’s gonna raise us out of this death, turning the zombie into a new creation full of life, eternal life. And that’s the miracle Paul wants to talk about in chapter two and in so discussing it presents to us a great picture of the doctrine of salvation. Not a coffin. You have eternal life and you just happen to be walking in this dead world, the very opposite of being dead in this world. And they drained the old water system and they found at the bottom of this tank that people had been drinking out of for 45 years dead dogs, dead rats, animals, dirt, silt, and they all got retroactive dysentery. (Read Ephesians 2:19-22) The church is compared to a city, and every converted sinner is free of it. There are the works of the law, which can’t save, in Galatians 2 and 3. And the former part of the one, concerning abolishing the enmity, answers the former part of the other; the latter part of the one, concerning the evangelical decrees, the latter part of the other. What do I do to be saved? All rights reserved. No. There are different levels of attainment in human life. He is the target. The redemption of the body. He draws them into active disobedience to God. "Of yourselves" stands in opposition to, "it is the gift of God" ( Philippians 1:29 ). While the Jews were God’s chosen people because of His grace alone, not because of anything meritorious in them, they had become proud and had developed an intense hatred for the Gentiles. hope--beyond this life ( 1 Corinthians 15:19 ). Now we’ll give those one at a time. If you’re a Christian, you’ve already been raised from the deadness of sin, and maybe that’s a great miracle than physical resurrection. He wants us to understand this power, and so he gives an illustration of it in verse 20; you’ll remember we looked at it last time. And that is precisely what God has done. And the result is he is the spirit that works in the sons of what? Now that’s a mess, a death walker, literally drowning in it, totally lost in the spirit of the age, which is promoted by Satan, which influences his mind in disobedience, disobedience which he is drawn into by the lusts of his flesh, the lusts of his humanness, which transmit into drives that compel him to fulfill what his body and his mind demand. You say, “What does it mean to be alienated from the life of God, dead to God?” The best way to see it is in reference to physical death. We’d boast, and then who’d get the glory? You don’t believe that. Everywhere. So my behavioral sins are simply what is left when I can’t make it to God's standard. making peace--primarily between all and God, secondarily between Jews and Gentiles; He being "our peace." Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. “But God who is rich in mercy,” plusios, overabounding, loaded with mercy. That’s his first illustration. As you may be aware, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into full effect on 25th May 2018. “For all have sinned,” – even kai there – “come short of the,” – what? He is driven to fulfill the desires of the flesh and the mind, and by the way, the flesh refers to his fallen nature, his humanness, his alienated soul without God. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift … These passages imply, I think, that the New Testament prophets are not excluded; but the apostle's plain reference to Psalms 118:22 , "the head stone of the corner," proves that the Old Testament prophets are a prominent thought. We are God's masterpiece, and he has designed from before eternity to conform us to Christ, to mold us unto good works. When Lazarus came out of the grave, he was alive, and then what did Jesus say? Let me show it to you another way. called Uncircumcision--The Gentiles were called (in contempt), and were, the Uncircumcision; the Jews were called, but were not truly, the Circumcision [ELLICOTT]. People say, “Well, we do what we want.” My football coach used to say to me, “I’d become a Christian but I wanna do what I want.” And I used to say to him, “But you’re not doing what you want. The work is done. And what is the activity of the death walker? The result is good works. Let’s look at verse 2. And to the desires of the flesh, that’s thelēma. 5.0 • 2 Ratings; $18.99; $18.99; Publisher Description. This beautiful letter tells Christians of their great riches, inheritance, and fullness in Jesus Christ and in His church. The cosmos which Satan dominates, according to John 12:31, the prince of this world, Jesus said. I’m very generous, very kind.”. That means drives, where you have a passion that turns to a drive. 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