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Who We Are In Christ: Life Giving Grace (3 of 13)
Series: Magnificent Jesus/Extraordinary Life (Ephesians)
Ephesians 1:15 - 23
The book is broken up into 2 sections: 1) the Believers Position, chapters 1 - 3, and 2) the Believers Practice chapters 4 - 6. This is important to understand that Position always precedes practice. Practice does not secure Position, rather your Position secures your practice. In other words God does not accept you on your Practice but rather on your Position secured in Christ.
Paul wrote Ephesians around A.D 62 from a prison cell in Rome. It was written to Gentile Believers living in the city of Ephesus. The City of Ephesus was a world class city. It would be considered an ancient Las Vegas. One of the 7 wonders of the world, Temple of Diana, was built there. The city was given over to sexuality, lavish and lascivious lifestyle.
Paul help establish an incredible local church that was impacting the city. People's lives were being changed and Jesus was being preached. Paul is now writing to encourage
Last week: I spoke about our Position in Christ. That as Believers we now have Faith in Christ and love for the saints. That Paul prayed that we would know God better and recognize the Power we have in Christ.
Text: Ephesians 2:1 - 10
I. Who We Were - Before Christ v. 1 - 3
A. We were dead
1. We are Spiritually Dead
2. Apart from Christ we are unable to comprehend and appreciate Spiritual
Illustration: Like a corpse that cannot respond to physical stimuli, so is a person
Is Spiritually Dead!
An unbeliever is not sick but dead! He does not need resuscitation; he needs resurrection.
B. We had a certain direction - The World
1. We walked according to the pattern of this world.
2. We lived out the passions and desires that were in us.
3. Our fallen nature ruled us and we were under its control.
C. We were influenced ...
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