Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-9
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. 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. 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.
Explanation: In an effort to remind the Ephesian church of their hope and value, Paul lays out a contrasting picture of those in Christ. He starts by exposing the brokenness of our lives. He says we are so broken that we are actually dead and hopeless in our sin. But…and He uses a big BUT here…but God is great in love, being rich in mercy. He is trying to let you know that God’s love and mercy are like a cup filled so full that it pours out over the edge and floods the table and the ground and then keeps coming. Because God is loving and merciful, He gifts us life in Christ. Everything in our world says that our value and life come from what we accomplish. But Paul clearly wants the reader to understand that God’s graciousness is our source of life and value.
- What is one thing that stands out to you in today’s passage?
- How is God’s way of establishing value different from our culture’s?
- How do you respond to the fact that you are broken?
- How does it make you feel to know you are valuable and worthy simply because of Christ's love for you?