Can Christ's Resurrection Affect and Change You?
INTRODUCTION: The book of Ephesians magnifies the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and how His resurrection benefits those who trust Him.
''the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power''
The subject of today's text, Ephesians 2:4-5, is ''God,'' verse 4, and the main verb is ''made alive'' verse 5. By the mercy, love, grace and kindness of God our spiritually dead hearts can be made alive.
In the first 3 verses of Ephesians 2 a major contrast begins; verse 1, ''and you'' contrasted with verse 4 ''But God.'' In these first 3 verses, Paul gives a biblical diagnosis of our sinful nature. He shows us who we were or who we were before Christ makes us alive. 3 words describe who we were.
Ephesians 4:18 defines us as ''excluded from the life of God.'' We were cut off from true eternal spiritual life given and sustained by God. We were totally dead and we needed a miracle that only God could perform.
Instead of following God we followed 3 other forces.
''in which you once walked according to the course (way) of this world'' - Controlled by the world's influences, by the values of the age, which are contrary to God's values. The unsaved assume the attitudes, habits, and lifestyles of the culture.
The Apostle John in his 90's said it this way:
1 John 2:15-17
''Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world - the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life - is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who doe ...
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