This section of Scripture has captivated me for some time now. I pray that it always does. This is the best news in human history! This passage shows God’s wonderful mercy and grace toward us, who were and are helpless. He is the great Rescuer.
This passage knocks in the head the notion that God is just a big cosmic meanie who only wants us to mess up so He can hit us with a bolt of lightening or strike us down with cancer or something of the sort. This also destroys the view some Christians have that God saved them because “they’re awesome” or the view that they have it all together because “they found the light”. The truth is, if you are in Christ, God saved you. God found you. You didn’t find God. And you didn’t save you. Also God didn’t save you because you were special or really awesome. God saved you because of His great love toward you.
Allow this passage to wash over you. Allow God, through His Word and His Spirit, to speak to you and reveal to you who He is and who you are.
Ephesians 2:1-10 – And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 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—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. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in 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 coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward 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 a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Accents and underlines mine).