Title: Alive In Christ Ephesians 2:1-11 RG Notes 4/13/2016
Title: Alive In Christ – Eph 2:1-11 RG Notes 4/13/2016
Review of Last Week’s Discussion Points
Paul Prays for the Believers In Ephesus, In Asia Minor and in our Churches Today
· We should rejoice at the work God is doing to bring believers to Christ.
· We should join in the work by praying for new believers, encouraging them and building them up in the faith.
· Our primary need is to Know God better and He gives us a Spirit of wisdom and revelation to make that possible.
· We must learn to see with our minds and with our hearts to know the things of God namely:
o The hope to which we were called
o The riches of His glorious inheritance
o His incomparably great power for us who believe – Resurrection Power makes us Alive and sustains us in our walk.
· The same power that raised Christ from the dead, seated Him at the right hand of God and placed Him over every other power and authority has been made available to us who believe.
· Jesus is the head of the church and administers God’s grace in its various forms and meets the needs of the church by giving spiritual gifts for the building of the body and the Spirit guide and comfort us.
What are the three enemies of your soul?
When you were young did people ask you what you want to be when you grew up? Does that question drive you crazy like it did me? How many want a do over?
Today we learn that we who believe in Jesus Christ have been given a do over.
Where do we get the saying the crux of the matter? When people use it today they mean get to the point or what is at the heart of the problem. This saying evolved over time.
The crux literally means the cross usually referring to the cross of Christ which sits at the cross roads of time dividing a time without hope with a time that is now filled with hope because of Jesus work on the cross. He alone is the solution to man’s problem of sin, eternal damnation, enmity with God and discord within all mankind.
We will see that Jesus and the cross is not only the fulcrum one which all of time sits but it is the critical point in time when an individual believers life is at once forever changed and continually changing to be made into the image of Christ.
Made Alive in Christ
1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Jew and Gentile Reconciled Through Christ
11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
The Way We Were After Receiving Christ – fill in below
Dead in sins and Trespasses
Following the ways of the world
Following the ruler of the kingdom of the air
Gratifying the cravings of the flesh
Polluted desires and thoughts
By Nature Objects of Wrath
Gentiles by Birth
Uncircumcised (in the heart)
Separate from Christ
Excluded from citizenship
Foreigners to the covenants
Without God in the world
Distant from God
The way we were:
What does it mean to be dead? Were we ever going to get up and begin a walk with God on our own?
What are the three enemies of our soul described here?
What does it mean to be an object of wrath?
In your own words how would you describe the unregenerate person?
After Receiving Jesus as both Lord and Savior:
What is the reason God acted on our behalf (vs 4)?
In what way were we made alive?
If we were dead and have been made alive what does being raised up mean?
Where we are presently seated?
Who did the work of regeneration (vs 10)?
What does God have planned for us to do?
What is our present position as far as God is concerned (vs13)?
How will this chapter help you to understand your identity in Christ?
Will what you have learned help you and compel you to share the Gospel with your unsaved friends and relatives?
Principles Application – Our Proper Response
1. Men without Christ are spiritually dead and hopelessly lost.
2. God makes us spiritually Alive by an act of His unmerited favor towards us. He brings us to repentance and gives us the faith to believe.
3. God has a plan and a purpose for us and works he has prepared for us to do.
4. We who were once alienated from God have been brought near by the blood of Christ
Fill in your plan on how you might apply what you have learned.