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
We had to throw out the lasagna, but managed to save the rest of the dinner. We were able to save the house by putting out the fire quickly. We have saved and saved and now have enough for a dream trip to Hawaii. I think I saved a squirrel’s life today when I swerved to miss it on the road. But I almost took out three mail boxes in the process.
We have been “saved” by grace through faith. But that’s more than a matter of reserving a portion of a meal, preventing the loss of a home, or setting aside money. And it’s certainly more significant than avoiding running over a squirrel. Each of these images, however, shed a beam of light on what it means to be saved. One commentator put it this way, “you are having been saved.” That means it’s something that has been done and is being done all at once. We are in the state of having been saved. It’s been done by Jesus. We are now identified by that truth.
That means we won’t be destroyed and ruined like those who have not been saved. It means that God spared us condemnation by condemning Jesus in our place. He suffered loss but we don’t. It means that we’ve been set aside for God’s good use and joy. It means that he determined that it was worth it to avoid running us over with a steamroller of accusations and condemnation.
That’s our state. That’s our status. All this is from God’s grace. There is nothing we can do – nor do we need to do anything – in order to attain this status. God has done the heavy lifting. He has secured our status. He is provided for our rescue.
It has all been done for us. Living that out is our life’s calling. Let’s get ready!