As I said earlier I would be sharing our study on Ephesians from our WhatsApp study group ‘CRADLE2SUCCESS’. It’s a lot more interactive on the group but I have trimmed off most of the comments and shared the main message taken by those in charge of each study. Today’s chapter is taken by Jumoke Faleti and I have added my personal learning, a comment from a member and discussion questions 👍 Enjoy!
Ephesians Chapter 2
Taken by Jumoke Faleti
* Verses 1-3
Ephesians 2:1 – 3 KJV, “2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
The state of the unbeliever is one that is dead spiritually, they follow the ways of the world, they are governed by their flesh, governed by Satan, separated from God because of sins, and will ultimately face the wrath of God unless they repent.
That used to be you and I (believing that everyone here is born again). But we have been made alive in Christ. We are governed by the Spirit, we follow God and not the world and we are reconciled with God.
What does it mean to quicken? It means to come to life! It means to give new life. We have been given a new life in Jesus Christ. A new page to start afresh. We have been invigorated and filled with Joy to live the kind of life God wants for us. Hallelujah!
* Verses 4-10
Ephesians 2:4-10 KJV, “2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
God’s love and mercy is the reason we are what we are today. Our salvation was His idea not ours. He took it upon Himself to redeem us, while we were still in our sins.
We cannot make any boast.
Our salvation is just by God’s grace. Not by what we did or didn’t do neither by following the law. It’s just His grace. And we receive this gift of grace by having faith in Him. He didn’t only save us, but He made us sit in heavenly places in Christ. Our lives are hid in Christ with God.
He has created us for good works.
*Just to add, how many times are we thankful to God for this gift of salvation we have been given? We have not been saved because we are so compassionate or we love or are merciful or kind in our own eyes. It’s simply because of God’s grace! I particularly like the part that says we have been raised up with Jesus and seated at heavenly places. We have so much going for us as Christians yet we don’t realize it. We are spiritually empowered and rich!
* Verses 11-17
Ephesians 2:11-17 KJV, ” 2:11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.”
The mystery of the gospel was that all nations both Jew and Gentile would have access to God through Jesus.
I doubt anyone of us here has Jewish heritage. But without Jesus, we would still be far from God; we would have no hope of heaven.
Jesus came and established the new covenant, broke the wall that divided Jews and Gentiles and brought the gentiles to Himself. Now both the Jews and the Gentiles can access God by faith in Jesus.
So you are no longer a stranger or a foreigner, we are all children of Abraham by faith. We are all saints of the household of God. We have access to God by the Holy Spirit.
You can go to God as Daddy, as Father.
* Verses 18-22
Ephesians 2:18-22 KJV, “2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 2:21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 2:22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
As a member of the household don’t act like you’re not part of the family, don’t act like God is not your father. The most important person and the very root of our foundation in God’s house is Christ. The apostles and prophets are a part of the foundation and each of us makes up a part of the building. The body of Christ is constantly growing. We are all a part of it, regardless of the church you go, as far as you are born again you are a part of it. Altogether we are being built into God’s habitation.
We are already dwelling places of the Spirit of God.
Additional comment from a member: Our salvation is not by anything we can possibly do (works). It’s God’s extravagant GRACE. We are his handiwork and he has preplanned a good life for us. His cross has reconciled us to Christ and now we are born anew and close to Him.
We are no longer outsiders. Hallelujah! So let’s live as people who have been consecrated and set apart from Him.
- What are those Good works that God wants us to walk in?
- How should we act as members of the same household? In relation to one another and in how we individually relate to God.