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ALIVE THROUGH JESUS, THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE
Ephesians 2:1-10 are some of the most wonderful verses in the Bible.
Paul speaks to the believers in Ephesus, and to us, about the fact that there was a time when we were dead in our trespasses and sins.
During that time we did exactly what we wanted to do. Some of the things we did was because of Satan's influence. Other things we did simply because we desired to do it. And some we did because we tried to impress others or we didn't want to feel left out while they did it, so we did it too.
The point is, we were all spiritually dead at one point and we all sinned against God.
And because of that we all deserved His anger and His punishment.
But God is so wonderful!
Because He is rich in mercy and because He loves us so very much, He sent His only Son to pay the price we were supposed to pay.
And even though we were dead in our transgressions and sins, God made us alive together with Christ, Who is the resurrection and the life (John 11:25).
God raised us up with Him and then He seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Isn't that wonderful?
That means we are no longer dead in our trespasses and sins, but we are alive in Christ.
It means we are dead to sin but alive to God.
The Lord gave all this to us as a gift. We didn't have to buy it and we didn't have to earn it.
We received it by grace through faith.
Now we have the wonderful privilege to look at ourselves and see God's workmanship. We look at ourselves and see new creatures, created in Christ Jesus.
And because we are dead to sin and alive to God, we can work with the Holy Spirit and be empowerd by Him to do all the good things God created for us to do.
Take some time today to think about the wonderful gift God has given you.
See yourself as a new creature who was made alive with Christ, the resurrection and the life.
Then thank the Lord for His mercy, love and grace and for the gift you have freely received through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.