Take heed; thou wilt go further still; there is no stopping in sin. Oh! All those who are in their sins, are dead in sins; yea, in trespasses and sins, which may signify all sorts of sins, habitual and actual, sins of heart and of life. And what a wrong concept people have of what it means to surrender your life to the will of God.For once a person does, they find as, Jesus said, "I delight to do thy will, O Lord." It was done in the very street of the city. There is a change somewhere;" and that change is from death to life, from darkness into God's marvellous light. But, during that week, I had made a great many experiments, and tumbled down a great many times, and the preacher took for his text, "O wretched man that I am! "There are three outstanding schools of moral pathology traceable throughout the centuries. Forgive us when we fail to take risks for the gospels sake. No God? I would want to make it a great day.Now, do you think that our Father is any different? Now he unites both in this place of richest blessing; for He has even "made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus." Sin is the death of the soul. Ay, so it is with the young woman or the young man I mean to describe now. There is a certain spiritual competence supposed, a due preparation not only of heart, but also of knowledge; or, as the apostle said, "we speak wisdom among them that are perfect," Here no lengthy exposition would be wanted about it, because they were not so infantine as to suppose that the truth of God depends on the number of times that a thing is asserted. Be it our part with diligence (for this is needed) "to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.". But it is not so with the revelation of the mystery. (iii) The Gentiles were aliens from the society of Israel. Introducing this great practical truth, he reminds them of what they had been, but also tells them what they are now. It was not confined to those that had their hope founded on Christ while the nation refused Him. They had to learn what they had never known. The father in this parable represents God and shows our Fathers continuing love for his children who have forsaken the right way. We cannot earn God's love; but we can and must show how grateful we are for it, by seeking with our whole hearts to live the kind of life which will bring joy to God's heart. That is, there is a creative connection between God and man which is the source of man's moral relations with God, and the reason why man, and man alone of all creatures on the earth, shall live again and give an account of himself to God. And so Gideon took the 300. When Paul speaks of you, he is speaking of the Gentiles; when he speaks of us he is speaking of the Jews, his fellow countrymen. Hear then, the good news that in Jesus Christ we are forgiven. So the apostle says, "You hath he quickened, who were dead in offences and sins;" for now we can bear to learn anything, however humiliating, and He can speak of anything, no matter how exalted or holy. Death always implies a change from the state of being alive. Just as Christ is the sample and model whether of nature or relationship, so the Holy Ghost is not without His own proper place in bringing the saint into the reality, knowledge, and enjoyment of both. who were dead in trespasses and sins; not only dead in Adam, in whom they sinned, being their federal head and representative; and in a legal sense, the sentence of condemnation and death having passed upon them; but in a moral sense, through original sin, and their own actual transgressions: which death lies in a separation from God, Father, Son, and Spirit, such are without God, and are alienated from the life of God, and they are without Christ, who is the author and giver of life, and they are sensual, not having the Spirit, who is the spirit of life; and in a deformation of the image of God, such are dead as to their understandings, wills, and affections, with respect to spiritual things, and as to their capacity to do any thing that is spiritually good; and in a loss of original righteousness; and in a privation of the sense of sin and misery; and in a servitude to sin, Satan, and the world: hence it appears, that man must be in himself unacceptable to God, infectious and hurtful to his fellow creatures, and incapable of helping himself: so it was usual with the Jews to call a wicked and ignorant man, a dead man; they say i, "there is no death like that of those that transgress the words of the law, who are called, , "dead men", and therefore the Scripture says, "turn and live". But then he adds a third point, which was not given in the previous part of the chapter; namely, that they might know "what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead.". (Note also Romans 5:12; Romans 5:21; James 1:15; James 5:20; Romans 7:5; Romans 7:10; Romans 7:13; Romans 7:24; John 5:24.). in -- indicates the realm or sphere in which lost sinners exist. "In whom also, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with the holy Spirit of promise, who is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.". Deepen your knowledge of Scripture. Accordingly not only does he enforce the truth first presented in the end of chapter 1, the church which is the body of Christ, but he also still more qualifies it as a "new man," and as "one body;" because, in treating of the two objects of grace, and component parts of the church, Jews and Gentiles who believe, he shows that God does not purpose to form two societies of these saints, but one body. 12. Then we have in the centre of this chapter no longer the unity or the gifts differing, but the moral walk of the saints. Ephesians 2 NIV - Made Alive in Christ - As for you, you - Bible Gateway Made Alive in Christ - As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit Call to Worship #2 L: Though storms rage around me, I will clothe myself with the whole armor of God. Here is the point. When the Psalmist sang: "I will extol thee, my God and king" ( Psalms 145:1) he meant it literally. 2:1-10 When you were dead in your sins and trespasses, those sins and trespasses in which once you walked, living life in the way in which this present age of this world lives it, living life as the ruler of the power of the air dictates it, that spirit who now operates in the children of disobedience--and once all we too lived the same kind of life as these children of disobedience do, a life in which we were at the mercy of the desires of our lower nature, a life in which we followed the wishes of our lower nature and of our own designs, a life in which, so far as human nature goes, we deserved nothing but the wrath of God, as the others do--although we were all like that, I say, God, because he is rich in mercy, and because of his great love with which he has loved us, made us alive in Christ Jesus, even when we were dead in trespasses (it is by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Christ, and gave us a seat in the heavenly places with Christ, because of what Christ Jesus did for us. He had a brilliant mind, and won the highest academic honours; he was a scintillating writer, and won the highest rewards in literature; he had all the charm in the world and was a man whose instinct it was to be kind; yet he fell to temptation and came to prison and disgrace. Hence it is that righteousness disappears in this epistle. To the Gentile history was a progress to nowhere; to the Jew history was a march to God. And all of those that get down and put their face in the water, send them home. As the Father is everlasting, so is the Son. Does he inflict his moods on his family? Now the very baptism of a Christian man is the confession of the truth, that God has in Christ judged flesh root and branch. Ah! To honour one's father and mother was both an obligation and had a special promise under law. Jesus has something to do about each of them. He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth. He is arrested, tried, found guilty, sentenced to a term of imprisonment and/or to a fine. It is the mystery of Christ; and this is what secures the blessing in its fulness and purity for the church of God. The sight of that Cross awakens in the hearts of men of all nations love for Christ, and only when they all love Christ will they love each other. "Because I live, ye shall live also." Call to Worship #2 L: Welcome to worship this morning. He felt his need and that of the work. to live in the praise of his glorious grace! God Himself is acting for His own glory and according to His own love. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Holy Bible, New International Version, NIV Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission. Angels are not the object. " (1Timothy 5:6; Revelation 3:1). Worship is exactly what Satan has always desired. Both the xenos ( G3581) and the paroikos ( G3941) were always on the fringe. There is neos ( G3501) which is new simply in point of time; a thing which is neos ( G3501) has come into existence recently, but there may well have been thousands of the same thing in existence before. Hence we are said to be "light in the Lord," and we need to shake off the things of death that encumber the light, and hinder it. Meanwhile it is again presented to us in this new fact, that we are brought in as objects of His perfect favour in the Beloved. God is King! Bible Gateway Plus makes it simple. The Lord might be where there are only two gathered together unto His name. The evil spirit has been driven out, and he no more works in us. It is the confident trust of the heart in the favour of God in which we stand, not the remembrance of our first subjection to the gospel. For by grace are ye saved through faith; We have this expression, "by grace are ye saved," twice over in this chapter. You, and you, and you, are citizens in this Kingdom. One effect of this divine life is to put life into everything that we do. Here are some indexes that might be helpful. And now this spiritual birth, my spirit is now alive, and with my spirit alive I now have fellowship with God. WebA CALL TO WORSHIP From the Shadows to Reality! "Among whom also we all had our conversation in time 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 the rest. We did not know what it was when it came; we had never felt like that before; we could not think that we really had passed from death to life; and yet, in looking back, we are persuaded that the throes within, the anguish of heart, the longing, and the pleading, and the wrestling, and the crying, would never have been in a dead heart, but were the sure marks that God had quickened us, and we had passed into newness of life. So the flow of the world, you just flowed with it. Skip to this week's readings. But Christ broke down the walls between us. "Among whom we all had our manner of living, or our lifestyles in times past." The meaning of "the flesh" will vary from person to person. Tired of being on the heights I deliberately went to the depths in search for new sensation. It is expressly not against any powers that were living and acting in the world. We saw that the deadly thing about sin was that it slowly but surely destroyed a man's will and that the indulgence which had begun as a pleasure became a necessity. The sword must be the real intrinsic power of the word wielded in the Spirit, which does not spare anything. He means far more than sexual sins. The word for desire is epithumia ( G1939) which characteristically means desire for the wrong and the forbidden thing. Hath quickened us together with Christ. It was written by Thom Shuman. It is the moral answer to what was shown in Christ, "that we should be holy and without blame before him in love." And as for Lazarus, he is shut up with a stone. He sees no beauty in religion; he hears not the call of God; he is unaffected by the dying love of the Saviour; and he has no interest in eternal realities. It is affirmed here of those to whom Paul wrote at Ephesus, that before they were converted, they were dead in sins. There is not anywhere a more explicit proof of depravity than this, and no stronger language can be used. Walls of prejudice still exist and barriers of racism still hold people back from reaching their true potential. "Unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end." But Jesus calls all sorts of people together. (LogOut/ The panoply is against Satan and not God. He rules the universe from His heavenly throne In other words, the Son of God never was made the Son, He is never even called the child ( ) of God. It is a time of asking, a time of enquiring. A really awakened soul may still have a great many unsettled questions in agitation within him. What a difference that news would make! That is, we can't earn it. If there be a divine life to which you are a stranger, how long will you be a stranger to it? (AP), 19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers,(AQ) but fellow citizens(AR) with Gods people and also members of his household,(AS) 20built(AT) on the foundation(AU) of the apostles and prophets,(AV) with Christ Jesus himself(AW) as the chief cornerstone. (There is no need to credit the re:Worship blog itself.). 2:11-12 So then remember, that once, as far as human descent goes, you were Gentiles; you were called the uncircumcision by those who laid claim to that circumcision which is a physical thing, and a thing produced by men's hands. Think of their giving themselves first to the Lord, then to us by the will of God. 20, Ephesians, p. 61. A thing which is kainos ( G2537) is new in the sense that it brings into the world a new quality of thing which did not exist before. The world as it is has invaded our souls. Such is the character of our blessing, and such its seat. This page includes a range of prayers, calls to worship, confessions and other material, including for including children, based on the 5 weeks of Ephesians readings. ", Meanwhile, before a blow is struck at man's failure in the presence of righteousness, or at his apostasy from grace, that blessed Saviour, the only begotten Son in the bosom of the Father, the Son of man who is in heaven, went down to the very uttermost, and (having exhausted the powers of evil, and blotted out all that could rise against the objects of God's grace,) was raised and seated by God in heaven. Finally, "receive the helmet of salvation, [there the head is lifted up, not in presumption, but with none the less joy and courage,] and the sword of the Spirit," which is expressly said to be the word of God. The battle of the Reformation has to be fought over again. Well, if you think I would think that, you don't know me. When God made the world, it was a wonder, and the angels came from afar to see his handiwork. There was a moral necessity for a nature suitable to God, if we were to be in His presence at all; but there was none for this special relationship. Call to Worship (Ephesians 1) Hope in Christ! It comes to us with pain; it gives us many surprises; and it suggests a large number of questions. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things ("sins" Ephesians 2:20) you are now ashamed of? Call to Worship #2: L: We gather to share in our love of God. The rules and the regulations put up the fence; but love moved it. Thus is touched, incidentally, the need of our souls as offenders against God, but only so far as to show that it was in no way overlooked. Now you have become also sympathetic with similar life in others. 5. And so he began to amass to himself wealth until he was the richest man in the world, and silver was as common as rocks in Israel. for you; alas! I asked the Lord to forgive me. They said that they did not know. Thanks to those of you who took time to answer questions and offer comments about how your congregation navigated worship during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. People are invited We are no longer like outsiders in a foreign land. Their governor was God. Let us use a human analogy. We commonly have a wrong idea of sin. He tracked her down. WebAll Calls to Worship Fragrance God is Out There In The Beginning Joy of the Lord Perfectly imperfect Stephen Ministry Stewardship (Psalm 103) Trinity II Trinity I Veni Sancte Spiritus Spirit (Advent III) Keep your lamps trimmed Justice Healing Talents Comfort (Advent II) To God be all Glory Call To The Beach Blessing of the Animals I do. [Note: Wiersbe, 2:17. The Gifts Of The Unity Of Christ ( Ephesians 2:13-18 Continued). (119) He does not mean simply that they were in danger of death; but he declares that it was a real and present death under which they labored. II. You who have been quickened will understand what I say. though we never earned it and dont deserve it. And so "and you who were dead" really as the result of your transgressions and sins.The Greek word for sin, hamartia, is a word that means "to miss." The purpose: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace, and his kindness toward us, through Christ Jesus ( Ephesians 2:7 ). Observe, therefore, that what was the first in counsel is the last in revelation. who were dead: This clause is speaking of spiritual death. Here God from Himself and for Himself is acting according to the riches of His own grace. It was said of one eminent commentator that he could not find Christ in the Scripture where he was; but it was said of Cocceius that he found Christ where he was not. So with the sinner in regard to the spiritual and eternal world. the Christian's dynamic is the desire to serve. Paul had begun by saying that, as we are, we are dead in sins and trespasses; now he says that God in his love and mercy has made us alive in Jesus Christ. Such is the very power that has taken you and me up in divine grace, and wrought toward us. No God? Paul goes on to tell of the priceless gifts which come with the new unity in Christ. He Himself is the measure of the walk of the new man, and the manifestation of it is Christ Himself. Would God send out and bring in the Gentiles to fill their place? Neither in that blessed state in Christ, nor in the wretched condition mentioned here, is there any such thing as "being dead to sin" in the sense of exemption from the temptations to sin. Such an one is the openly profligate, to whom we give wide quarters, lest we touch him. 69. Web14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its And she used to say, "Son, it doesn't make any difference if everybody is doing it or not. Another of Paul's blessed "nows." We were dead, all of us; and yet we were not all like one another. 13. I must draw near to him in prayer.". Numbers are of small account here. God would have us set thoroughly clear and intelligently appreciating our individual place and relation to Himself. It is a present thing in every sense, though, of course, needed for heaven and eternity. Oh, what a change from the past to the present! God never does; it is the tragedy of the Church that it is so often more exclusive than God. And so I gave myself to understanding and to wisdom, I said, 'The answer must lie in knowing,' and so I applied myself to wisdom until I was the smartest man in the world. Nevertheless, whether it was creation, whether man or favoured Israel, there was so much the more painful a declension that portended the judgment of God upon them. One might distrust a mystery, if it centred in the church. Hallelujah! You had nothing to do with this. On the other hand, for the Gentile history was going nowhere. (ii) The Gentiles had no hope of a Messiah. What exactly did he mean by that? Than these nothing less becomes those so blessed. Hence the condition in which we were found here below came into view; and, as we have seen, it was total ruin, whether Jew or Gentile be looked at. No matter how deep you drill, Gods love would be deeper! Thus ought instructed saints to deal with those who have been newly quickened. But, at the same time, our living prayer bursts out hours before the appointed time, or sometimes it will not come at the time. 3 say to god, how awesome are your deeds! All these are sins of the flesh. What you think that you and I knew from our birth, we did not so know; we had to learn it. We could almost have died with delight at times when we have realized the glorious things that God has prepared for them that love him. They are not, like the young maiden, still fondled, nor even, like the young man, still kept in the funeral procession: no, they have gone so far that decent people avoid them. It is not now either sovereign love, or love of complacency. Ah! [Note: Wiersbe, 2:18.]. And you hath he quickened This chapter should not have been separated from the preceding, with which it is most intimately connected. "I will take you for my people, and I will be your God" ( Exodus 6:7). Suppose there was a son who did some shameful thing and then ran away, because he was sure that there was no use in going home, because the door was bound to be shut. The word Paul uses for access is prosagoge ( G4318) and it is a word of many pictures. He is just as dead; they are both dead, and death really knows of no degrees. He may shed abroad the love of God therein; but He is rather said to dwell in us, making the body God's temple. And will you notice, yet once more, that this young maiden's death was a death confined to her chamber . Not so. Man may cavil and murmur now in unbelief; but God will vindicate them every one when man shall be silent for ever. The main point then is that God has made believers alive, raised us up, and seated us with Christ. It is told that when Pericles, the greatest of the Athenians, was walking forward to address the Athenian assembly, he used to say to himself: "Pericles, remember that you are an Athenian and that you talk to Athenians." The young man was the son of a widow. Paul uses two illuminating pictures. "But to every [each] one is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ." Now, the text tells us that, though we were dead, yet Christ has come, and by his Spirit he has raised us out of the grave. You! Hence in the latter we find, not exactly choosing, but predestinating us: "Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.". . That is what Christ does. Yet nothing is more certain than that God so speaks to our faith. They do not know that things are at a distance; they have to learn that fact by looking many times. God had a dwelling-place of old in Israel; but it was a house made with hands, however magnifical, that followed the tabernacle of witness in the desert, in both of which the Shechinah, or visible sign of His glory, deigned to dwell. The children of disobedience are such as choose to disobey God, and to serve the devil; in these he works very powerfully and effectually. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. "Oh!" And yet, people so blindly flow along with it. In Romans, in 1st and 2nd Corinthians, and in Galatians righteousness was largely used. That is living prayer. Is there not good reason for saying that the church is but a consequence? Only into the first of them could a Gentile come. It is evident in this verse that the deadness of unregenerated people is a derivative, not of their birth, but of their sins. How does God walk? And as to his wife, he instantly understands, though he had been in a deep sleep while she was being formed. He might have put us in any degree of relationship He pleased. There has been the full unfolding of God's love, and the answer to it in the saints here below in their nature, and in the ways that manifest the new nature. He does not need resuscitation; he needs resurrection. "Be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ hath forgiven you." His life will be ever afterwards a loosing and letting go; for he will need it till he cometh up to be with God for ever and ever. Is a man as good a husband as he might be? These verses are really preliminary to Pauls main point. Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? But God who is rich in His mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead has made us alive. Grace alone would not suffice, glory alone would not serve, but both. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------. Philo said: "There are spirits flying everywhere through the air." The Call to Worship: As followers of Jesus Christ, living in this world - which some seek to control, but which others view with despair - we declare with joy and trust: Our world belongs to God! Thus nature is the subject of verse 4, as relationship is of verse 5. [Note: Simpson, p. Sin kills the will; the thing so grips a man that he cannot break free. Copyright 2019 by Zondervan. So Paul says to the Gentiles: "You are no longer among God's people on sufferance. "What have you been up to?" By grace are you saved.Now, not only has He made me alive. Change). Conversation, we are talking with each other. the spring in your step to go where youre sent. The lark sings for the joy of singing. 9:2). "God is not the God of the dead, but of the living," and, unless we are made alive unto him, he cannot be our God either here or hereafter. The life of Christ, the life of God, is infused into us in that moment when we are quickened from our death in sin. It is an adjective meaning the anointed one. The father affirms, "for this son of mine was dead, and has come to life again; he was lost, and has been found" (Luke 15:24 NASB). 10. We know ourselves chosen, adopted as children of God. Accelerating into traffic, I looked up and saw a billboard with 6 words, 2 sentences, 1 sign of an imploding culture in two foot high letters. Clearly God has a purpose, a settled and glorious plan to gather the whole universe under Christ as its Head. WebCalling Adapted from 2 Chronicles 7:14-15 God says, If my people, Who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray, And seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land. When two parties are at variance, the surest way to bring them together is through someone whom they both love. ], "Having described our spiritual possessions in Christ, Paul turns to a complementary truth: our spiritual position in Christ. Though it is the mystery of Christ, it is not exclusively about Christ. The English translators did not know what to make of the apostle, and so they changed it to "high places," which was an unwarrantable liberty, and gives the most perverse meaning. The third, and most memorable case, was that of Lazarus , who was not on his bed, nor on his bier, but in his tomb, ay, and corrupt too; but notwithstanding that, the Lord Jesus Christ, by the voice of his omnipotence, crying, "Lazarus, come forth," brought him out of the tomb. That they do not appear in the original Greek text in this place. Remember that at that time you had no hope of a Messiah; you were aliens from the society of Israel, and strangers from the covenants on which the promises were based; you had no hope; you were in the world without God. III. None of us can make it on our own. There is kainos ( G2537) which means new in point of quality. But this was not enough. It is a course that is leading to destruction. 8, 9. This joy we never knew till we received the new life. You are caressed by us, received by the living in Sion into their company and acquaintance, approved of and accepted; alas! It creeps along, pleased to make any kind of progress; and when it gets up on its little feet, it moves from one chair to another, trembling at every step it takes, and presently, down it goes. There is no place good enough for Christ the Son but heaven. But it is by grace, God's glorious gift of love to me. Call to Worship (Psalm 107, Ephesians 2, John 3) God loves us with a steadfast love. The increase of immorality, the increase of pornography, the acceptance of abortion, and homosexuality, and these other trends that we see, Satan is behind them orchestrating as he is leading the world to hell. All the building that is going on is being fitted together in him, and it will go on growing until it becomes a holy temple in the Lord, a temple into which you too are built as part, that you may become the dwelling place of God, through the work of the Spirit. The world is going down the tube. Reality is hopeless. Sin, then, is a failure to comply with the will of God through choice or disregard. Not with equal footsteps, but with tottering gait, we follow in that selfsame path that God has marked out for himself. To the Gentile life was not worth living; to the Jew it was the way to greater life. young man, thou hast not yet gone so far as the open profligate and desperately profane, take heed, thou art dead! (b) God is love; sin is therefore a crime, not against law, but against love. The world's motive is profit. 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