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Ephesians and Friends 2.1-10

July 19, 2018

 

 

 

These verses are left out of our summer reading of Ephesians, but these verses do make an appearance during Lent.  It is a wonder that they aren't sometimes used for Reformation Day, as this passage insists on GRACE as the essential movement of God in our world that makes us alive and sends us into the world to lead lives of service to our neighbors

 

Paul writes: You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

 

Even when we were dead, God loved us.  We have no grounds to take credit for our salvation here, any more than a dead woman could take credit for brining herself back to life.  But even when we were dead, God loved us and made us alive together with Jesus.

 

Grace came down indeed, in order that all things should be gathered up into Christ (Ephesians 1.10).

 

Image: Manhattan skyscraper, the W. R. Grace building, 1114 6th Ave, Manhattan, NY 10018 (at Bryant Park), designed by Gordon Bunshaft. "Grace Came Down...", from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=55154 [retrieved July 19, 2018]. Original source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarowen/2626992252/.

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