Daily Devotional Sunday 11th June 2023by William Moody
By Grace Through Faith
2:1 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 body1 and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.2 4 But3 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.
One in Christ
11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands—12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens,4 but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by5 the Spirit.
Paul has outlined a very bleak picture of the human condition as being dead, disobedient and doomed (v1-3). Now he focuses on where hope is to be found. The only hope for sinners is the intervention of God. Here we have one of the great ‘But God’ statements of the Bible (v4). We’re dead, disobedient and doomed, there is nothing we can do, but God steps in. God steps in not because we deserve it, but because He is rich in mercy.
The resurrection power of Christ is applied to the sinner’s heart so that they are made spiritually alive in Christ (v5). New spiritual life means they can understand, trust, love and follow Christ. This happens as a gift of grace, God’s undeserved favour reaching down into the lives of those God the Father has chosen. Here we see clearly that salvation is all of the Lord.
Paul then says something truly amazing (v6). The Christian is united even now with Christ in heaven. This reality is worked out as we commune with Christ in glory. Our prayers, our praise enter the throne of heaven.
The goal of this work of salvation is the praise of God for the immeasurable riches of His grace (v7). Speak to God now about the wonder of this grace.
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