And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:1-10
Maybe you’ve heard the, “But wait! There’s more!” line one too many times. It has become for many people like the uninvited phone call that begins, “Hi”…[pause] “I’m calling about…” You know it’s canned. You know it’s not a real person. You hang up quickly. At least I do.
But what is there is more? What if the call is for real? What if there is no bait, but only a lavish banquet of God’s favor and blessing?
- This is the message of Paul here in this passage. Note…
- We’ve been made alive in Christ.
- God has saved us from eternal doom and destruction.
- We’ve been raised up with Christ and seated in glory with him.
- We have a ring-side seat to view the vast vista of his grace and kindness to us.
Surely this is enough. But wait, there’s more. After having extolled the grace of God, made the point again and again that God’s grace is centered in Christ, precious and saving, he then says it again, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
The implications (which we’ll consider tomorrow) of this salvation, has to do with humility (no boasting, much thanksgiving to God). But wait, there’s more! God has prepared good works for us to walk in. We’ve been saved. We’re heaven-bound. We’ll be seated with Christ in glory. We’ll revel in God’s grace and kindness. And if we’re true to God’s purposes we will follow the path God has laid out and walk in the good works he has prepared for us