August 4, 2021

The book of Ephesians was likely written while the apostle Paul was in prison in Rome. His fate was unknown, and in that context, we can see the writings as him trying to get all of his most important thoughts about faith down in writing. This section of Ephesians is packed full of foundational faith concepts. Let’s read Ephesians 2:4-10 together.

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

What truth strikes your heart when you read these verses? It might be God’s rich mercy, or how our sins bring us death, how we are called to do good works, or any other number of others. As we read the passage again, ask God to show you the intersection of that truth with an area of your life He wants you to pay attention to.

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

As you go out today and tomorrow, my prayer is that your eyes will be opened to see a place or places, where God wants you to focus on deeper knowledge, comfort, conviction, or action.

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