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Browsing "Ephesians"

Ephesians 2:8

Jul 26, 2016   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Ephesians, Ephesians 2, Epistles (written), Writings  //  No Comments

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, Ephesians 2:8

In verse 2:5, Paul parenthetically stated, “by grace you have been saved.” After that, he explained what the resulting actions of that salvation were. Now he returns to that same parenthetical thought to further define what being saved by grace means.… Read the rest

Ephesians 2:7

Jul 25, 2016   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Ephesians, Ephesians 2, Epistles (written), Writings  //  No Comments

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Monday, 25 July 2016

…that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:7

This has been one continuous thought since verse 4 which contrasts the thought of verses 1-3. The words “that in the ages to come” are set against verse 2 which said, “the course of this world” which implies the past times in humanity during which the mystery of Christ was hidden.… Read the rest

Ephesians 2:6

Jul 24, 2016   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Ephesians, Ephesians 2, Epistles (written), Writings  //  No Comments

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Sunday, 24 July 2016

…and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, Ephesians 2:6

By taking this verse with the previous one, we can see Paul’s intent more clearly –

“…even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

His words are tying our state directly to the work of Christ.… Read the rest

Ephesians 2:5

Jul 23, 2016   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Ephesians, Ephesians 2, Epistles (written), Writings  //  No Comments

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Saturday, 23 July 2016

…even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), Ephesians 2:5

As seen in the previous verse, this verse, which is connected to verse 4, now ties us back to verse 1. Taken together, the thought goes –

And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, … But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

We were “dead in trespasses and sins,”  but God “made us alive together in Christ.”

This verse is, unfortunately taken to unnecessary extremes by those who hold to a monergistic approach to our salvation.… Read the rest

Ephesians 2:4

Jul 22, 2016   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Ephesians, Ephesians 2, Epistles (written), Writings  //  No Comments

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Friday, 22 July 2016

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, Ephesians 2:4

This thought picks up after verse 2:1 –

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, … But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,”

The intervening verses simply explained the details of our dead condition.… Read the rest

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