In Ephesians, Paul writes about how God is at work in this world, through His church, putting His salvation plan together. Let’s look at the plan, and how it works.
Salvation is of God. Man does not save himself, for:
Salvation is of the Lord. (Jonah 2:9) You receive spiritual blessings from the Father (Ephesians 1: 1-6), the Son (Ephesians 1: 7-12), and the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1: 13-14).
Salvation is all of grace. Paul emphasizes this point throughout Ephesians, especially in Chapter 2: 1-10. Grace is God’s favor bestowed on those who do not and cannot deserve it.
Salvation is for Gods glory. God saves sinners, not to solve their problems but to bring glory to Himself. (Ephesians 1: 6,12,14; and 3: 21). The church will glorify Him for all eternity!
Salvation reveals Gods greatness. (Ephesians 1:15-23). Ask God to open your spiritual eyes to see His great power. Jesus is alive and has conquered every enemy! You may draw on his power to meet every need in your life.
In the second chapter of Ephesians, Paul’s focus is on God’s work through resurrection and reconciliation.
From death to life. Lost sinners are not simply spiritually sick and needing help; they are dead people needing life. The Son of God died that we might receive life through faith in Him. (John 5: 24.)
From bondage to freedom. The Lost are in bondage to the world, the flesh, and the devil (Ephesians 2: 1-3) and cannot free themselves. In Christ, you have true freedom (John 12: 31-32; and Gal. 1: 4; 5:24. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them”. (Ephesians 2: 10.)
From the tomb to the throne. God did not give you life and leave you in the cemetery. He lifted you up to be with Him in Heaven!
From separation to reconciliation. In Jesus Christ, believers are all members of one body, citizens of one holy nation, and living stones in one temple. (1 Peter 2: 1-10)
Yes all of this is of God, His marvelous love (Ephesians 2: 4), and His grace and kindness. God is truly at work in this world, and in our lives as well.
All glory to the Lord
His humble servant Lee Buchanan