Alive in Christ

April 13, 2011 § 3 Comments

The Gospel in a nutshell.  This is how we can describe the good news of Ephesians 2:1-10.  It represents us with the opportunity to revisit the absolute basics of the Christian faith.  First, viewed from the perspective of our “transgressions and sins”, we are all dead (2:1-3).  Nobody is excluded from this reality in which “all of us… gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts” (2:3).  The quantitative forms and shapes of sin is simply the symptoms of the qualitative nature of all of us being sinful human beings.  And therefore, there are no hierarchies of sins in terms of its end result.  Dead is dead.  Secondly, the good news of God’s massive “but” entered the reality of sin as our complete and radical transformation:  “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” (2:4-5).  God’s grace is not a band-aid of patching up the wounds.  It is the radical transformation from death to life.  From God’s perspective, we are alive in Christ.  It is a gift, not deserved or earned, and therefore, present us with nothing to boast about (2:8-9).  It is all due to God’s love and grace.  Lastly, this transformation to life in Christ is not only something spiritual for the sake of an everlasting life, but manifests itself in our everyday lives among others, “for we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works…” (2:10).  Indeed, we are alive in Christ today!

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§ 3 Responses to Alive in Christ

  • KG Hall says:

    I remember back in my “strict & particular” rabid Calvinistic period during the 1970’s…memorizing this scripture to support Total Depravity. What a waste of good scripture! Reformed & always being re-formed…
    a much better idea. Thanks for the morning devotion!

  • jeff says:

    In Jr High Sunday School a few years ago we read Bob Lenz’s book on grace. He used the example of a gift vs a pay check to describe Grace. Grace is not something we earned it is something we are given.

  • Julie Lutz says:

    When so much scripture still puzzles me, it is passages like this that I cling too…as I attempt to learn, understand, and believe more…on my life and faith journey.

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