Alive In Christ

March 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

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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