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THE GIFT OF GOD (8 of 36)
This book tells us that we are now seated in the
heavenlies in Christ Jesus. The fact of the matter is
as a Christian we can "live it up." That is, we can
live our lives on a higher plane. We can live our
lives on a heavenly plane. We took a little while in
the first chapter which rejoices in what God has done
for us in the great work of salvation. The work of
God the Father, the work of God the Son, the work of
God the Holy Spirit. At the conclusion of each of
these sections he says "to the praise of the glory of
his grace. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise father, son and Holy Spirit." We had a
beautiful prayer in the last part of the first chapter
in verses 15 to the end of the chapter. Then we moved
into chapter 2. Ephesians 2 is the amazing grace
chapter of the Bible. This is the chapter that lays
before us the wonderful truth of God's saving grace.
The reasons Christians enjoy songs about God's grace
is because we know that it is grace which has made
possible our salvation.
That's why we like to sing "Amazing grace, how sweet
the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was
lost, but now am found. Was blind, but now I see." We
love to hear gospel music which says "the only word
for grace is amazing." We like to sing "wonderful
grace of Jesus."
So we read about this marvelous grace in the second
chapter. We looked at the first seven verses of the
chapter which really give us a spiritual autobiography
of every believer. In these verses you see what you
used to be, what you are now, and what you are going
to be. Your past, your present, and your potential.
Right in the middle of those seven verses there is a
little statement made and the King James puts it in
parenthesis at the end of verse 5. He says, "by grace
you are saved". Now when you come to the 8th verse
Paul p ...
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