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What's So Amazing About Grace (3 of 10)
We live in a world of sharp contrasts. This past Wednesday was the anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the United States. Although it was a horrific day of unspeakable and dark evil, it was a day that brought out the best in Americans, it was a day of heroism and a day that prompted a great outpouring of love from people around the world.
We live in a world of sharp contrasts. Just this week I read the heartbreaking story of 12 year old Rebecca Ann Sedwick who after being bullied and tormented by some of her classmates for nearly a year climbed a tower at an abandoned concrete plant in Lakeland, FL and jumped to her death. As many as 15 girls were involved in what has become the nations latest deadly cyberbullying case. In contrast to this selfish and cruel behavior, is the story of 41 year old retired Navy Veteran Lieutenant Commander Kelly Weaverling who donated one of her kidneys to a complete stranger, her selfless act of love gave Jimmie Sue Willing of South Carolina a new lease on life.
Our passage from Ephesians 2:1-10 presents a sharp contrast. The canvas is dark in 2:1-3 as we see described the life lived without God. But in 2:4-10 we have a bright and amazing description of God's grace. Stars shine the brightest in the blackest sky, and so on the dark canvas of sin, God's grace shines brighter in one of the great passages in the Bible on salvation by grace.
I. The Way We Were (2:1-3)
Paul is addressing believers and he says, ''Here is how you were (past tense) in your BC (before Christ) days.''
1. We Were Dead Spiritually (2:1)
We ''were dead'' in our sins. Sin produces death, ''For the wages of sin is death'' (Rom. 6:23), and furthermore, the Bible says that ''all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God'' (Rom. 3:23). We are all sinners by nature and by choice. ''Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death th ...
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