14 day plan

Walking as I Am

Day 4 of 14

Ephesians 2:1-10

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins in which you previously lived according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit now working in the disobedient. We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath as the others were also. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might display the immeasurable riches of his grace through his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift —  not from works, so that no one can boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.

Reflection:  God’s power in raising his Son from the dead can seem to be distant at times – when the land is dry, when you are dry, when life is dry. But Paul wants his readers to know how this power has worked to give them new life in an incomparably wonderful way. The language here is quite stark – literally, humans (all humans) are ‘dead-men walking’: we are corpses who have no prospect of life (vs.1-3). It is the intervention of God – out of his will, his character of mercy and love – which exercises our resurrection. It is not a rescue but a resurrection (vs.4-7). In Jesus – there is that postcode again – God deals with the judgment of our sin and raises us to be acceptable to sit in his presence. From corpses to living people ‘in Christ’ – it is all God’s doing, in Christ, as a gift, received by trusting him at his word (vs.8-10). The change is so significant that it affects how we walk – from in sin to ‘good deeds’. What power! What a humbling gift!

Question:  What is so significant about how Christians have been changed from ‘corpses’ to people ‘holy and blameless’, able to sit in God’s presence?

Prayer:  Dear Father, only you have the power to take a lifeless corpse in sin and make it a fit dweller in your presence. Thank you that you have done all this in Jesus, whose perfect life is now mine, whose death paid my debt, whose resurrection shows your mercy. Help me to walk in this new life. Amen.