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Salvation by Grace

Ephesians 2:1-10, Leonardo de Moraes, January 28, 2018

Sermon Notes:


  • To expand 10 verses from Eph 2
  • Expository teaching with three verbs:
    • Read, explain, apply
  • Three readings also
  • 2:1-10
  • Theme: Life without Christ and the grace of God
  • It is concerning when we look at man today
    • Sin is throughout the whole word
    • Lack of truth, honesty and justice
    • Eph 2 is very relevant for us today
  • Comparison: man by nature and man in Christ
    • From death/the grave to the throne
    • From spiritual death to spiritual life
    • Before Christ and once changed in God/Christ
  • Salvation in free in Jesus Christ and has nothing to do with merit

Reading v1-3

  • Shows what man in by nature
  • v1 – man in dead spiritually
    • Explanation - comparison between being physically and spiritually dead
    • Nicodemus - John 3
    • We are spiritually dead because of our sin - "the wages of sin is death"
    • Isa 59:2 - the unbeliever is spiritually dead, he needs spiritual resurrection
    • John 11 - example of Lazarus
    • It is only the power of God that brings a person from death to life
  • v2/3 – Man is disobedient
    • A person lives to please the desires of his flesh and mind
    • His actions are sinful because his desires are sinful
      • Paul:
        • "There is not one righteousness, no not one"
        • "All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God" - Rom 3:23
      • David, Solomon, God in Genesis 6
    • Three powers that lead a person to disobedience: the world, the devil, the flesh
    • The world
      • The devil is in the prince of the world - 1 John 5:29
      • The lost belong to this system and called children of the world
      • The world first hated Christ and then hated the Church
      • A friend of the world is an enemy of God
    • The devil
      • Has evil spirits that demons that influence the world
      • Eph 6:11-12
    • The flesh
      • Not our body but rather our fallen sinful nature
      • This nature controls our minds and bodies to disobey God
      • An impulse within us to disobey God
      • Jesus said from the heart comes sin
      • Matt 15:29
      • The problem is not outside but inside man
      • No spiritual good in our nature
      • The apostle Paul knew this - Rom 7:28
      • John 6:24
  • v3 – Man is condemned
    • He is a man of wrath
    • John 3:28 - the unbeliever is already condemned
  • Outside of man Christ is totally dead, enslaved by the world, the devil, the flesh; and condemned by God
  • Quote: John Packer

Reading v4-9

  • In these verse Paul shows what man is in Christ
    • Contrast v1-3 in nature and now in grace
    • v7 - the supreme richness of His grace
  • Four key words: love, mercy, grace and kindness
    • These riches make our salvation possible
    • This is a gift that we do not deserve
  • Mercy and grace comes through the cross of Jesus Christ
    • God demonstrated His hatred of sin but His love for His people
    • v5 - we were raised in Christ - we cannot make ourselves better
    • We did not participate in our own birth
    • Regeneration is an exclusive work of God
    • A supernatural work of the Holy Spirit brings us to Christ
    • Brings us out of spiritual death to spiritual death
      • John 6:24
      • 1 John 5:1
    • The Spirit of God changes the soul of man
      • Explanation
  • Raised in Christ and made to sit in heavenly places in Christ
    • The narrative of Christ's life
    • We died with Him, we are raised with Him, we are taken up with Him
    • We are exalted in Christ
    • v5 - God has given us life, v6 - He raised and regenerated us, He has taken us to heavenly places
  • The Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed - The Holy Spirit who gives us life
    • The work of Salvation is of God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit
  • v5-7 show the supreme wonder and grandeur of this grace
    • He illuminated us to see the wonder of this
    • The final purpose of our salvation is to magnify the grace of God
    • The real purpose of our salvation is the glory of God
    • A grace/present from God - a gift from God, both faith and salvation
    • We cannot add anything to the complete work of Christ
    • Solar grace - all of grace
    • The only merit we have is the merit of Christ

Reading v10

  • Quote: 'We are a wonderful artwork of God'
    • Jonah 2:9 - "Salvation is from the Lord"
    • Predestined to be conformed to Christ's image
    • Conversion is not the end of the work but the beginning
  • Matt 5:26
  • We are created anew in Christ Jesus for good works (not by good works)
    • We are saved by faith that produces works
    • The question is about the nature of saving faith
  • Good works that come from our salvation
    • In contrast to the works inspired by the devil, the flesh and the world
    • The start and end of the text has similar thoughts
      • Evil works at the start - by the devil
      • Good works at the end - in Christ
    • These good works need to be seen in us for the glory of God

Sermon Passage:

Ephesians 2:1-10

1And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (KJV)

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