EPHESIANS 2

13 Outlines

 

Ephesians 2:1-7

CHANGE!

 

CHANGE WAS NEEDED – Vss. 2-3

CHANGE OCCURRED – Vss. 1, 4-6

CHANGE IS PERMANENT – Vs. 7

 

 

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GOD'S MASTERPIECE

Ephesians 2:1-7

 

We are God's masterpieces of grace. We are reminded here of,

 

1. WHAT WE WERE Vss. 1-3

2. WHAT WE ARE  Vss. 4-6

3. WHAT WE WILL BE Vs. 7

 

 

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Ephesians 2:1-10

SO GREAT SALVATION!

 

OUR MISERY BEFORE SALVATION – Vss. 1-3 – “…by nature the children of wrath.”

OUR MERCY THROUGH SALVATION – Vss. 4-7 – Quickened, raised, and seated

OUR MIRACLE AT SALVATION – Vss. 8-9 – Saved by grace

OUR MINISTRY AFTER SALVATION – Vs. 10 – Good Works

 

 

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Ephesians 2:1-10

BIOGRAPHY OF A CHRISTIAN

A COMPLETE BIBLE LESSON

 

·        What is the best biography you ever read or watched?

·        What is the value of biography in general?

·        What is the value of Christian biography?

·        In what ways is the biography of every Christian different?

·        In what ways is the biography of every Christian the same?

 

In Ephesians 2:1-10 we are given the biography of every Christian.  Although some details vary, these basic things are true of every believer.

 

PERVERSION OF SIN - Vss. 1-3

M  It has been said that you have to get people lost before you can get them saved. How and why is that true?

M  According to Vs. 1 we were all “dead in trespasses and sins”. What does it mean to be dead here?  Why is that such a serious matter?

M  To trespass is to deviate from the path.  What is a typical “trespass” that a person commits?

M  To sin is to miss the mark. How do deviating from the path and missing the mark cause Spiritual death?

M  Vs. 2 – We all walked according to “the course of this world”.  It is like being in a canoe on a stream.  If you don’t paddle, you will go the direction that the stream is going.  It is like exiting a full football stadium, you will generally go with the flow of the traffic.

M  The “prince of the power of the air” is Satan.  What was his primary sin against God?  Isaiah 14:12-14, Ezekiel 28:12-17

M  Every person who is unsaved is “a child of disobedience”, walking in the footsteps of Satan.

M  Vs. 3 - What is the “manner of life” or conversation of every unbeliever.

M  A dog does what he does because he is a dog. It is his nature. A cat does what he does because it is his nature.  A man does what he does, because he is a man, it is his nature.

 

PROVISION OF LIFE - Vss. 4-5

V     What do the first two words of Vs. 4 say about our Christian Biography?

V     How does Vs. 4 make you stand in awe?

V     Vs. 5 - To quicken is to be made alive.  In what way are we quickened with Christ?

V     What amazing thing from God saves us? 

V     What does it mean to be saved?

 

POSITION IN GLORY - Vss. 6-7

ë    According to Vs. 6 can you be in two places at once?  How?

ë    How should being seated in heavenly places affect my behavior? My prayer life?

ë    Vs. 7 – I am seated in heavenly places now.  What will happen when I am literally in Christ’s presence?

 

PLACEMENT BY FAITH - Vss. 8-9

F   What do well meaning people not understand about grace?

F   Why are works excluded from salvation?

F   What is a gift?  Why did God choose to make salvation a gift?

 

PROOF OF CONVERSION - Vs. 10

O    The person who is truly saved will experience a change in life that will produce good works.

O    As his workmanship, we are the masterpiece of a quality craftsman.  We get the word poem from the word for workmanship.  We are His poem.

O    What is the purpose of God’s Masterpiece?

O    What are some of the things that we might be doing if we are truly God’s Masterpiece?

O    What does it mean to walk in something?

 

This is an expansion of a previously shared outline, “This Is Your Life”

 

 

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Ephesians 2:1-10

THIS IS YOUR LIFE

 

Ralph Edwards used to surprise people with their personal biographies on a program called "This is your life." It was on television for many years.  In this passage of Scripture, God is giving the Christian a personal biography of sorts.  It is if He is saying,  "Christian, this is your life!"

 

PERVERSION OF SIN - Vss. 1-3

The Christian was in terrible straits before he came to know Christ.

 

PROVISION OF LIFE - Vss. 4-5

God in his love and mercy gave the Christian life ("quickened").

 

POSITION IN GLORY - Vss. 6-7

We are positioned in heavenly places in Christ.

 

PLACEMENT BY FAITH - Vss. 8-9

The Christian was saved and placed into the family of God when he put his trust in Christ.

 

PROOF OF CONVERSION - Vs. 10

The person who is truly saved will experience a change in life that will produce good works.

 

 

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Ephesians 2:1-10

GOD'S MASTERPIECE

 

We call a great work a "masterpiece".  It's hard to believe, but we are God's masterpieces if we know Christ as Savior.  We are shown God's great work in this passage.

 

WICKEDNESS OF MAN Vss. 1-3

 

WONDER OF LOVE Vss. 4-7

 

WAY OF SALVATION Vss. 8-9

 

WORKMANSHIP OF GOD Vs. 10

We get the English word "poem" from the Greek word rendered "workmanship".  Think of it! We are His poem!  And God has planned ahead so that we would do good works.  We don't perform good works in order to be saved.  We perform good works because we are saved!

 

 

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EPHESIANS 2:8-10

THANKFUL!

 

THANKFUL FOR GOD'S GRACE - For by grace are ye saved through faith;

 

THANKFUL FOR GOD'S GIFT - and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Salvation is a free gift that must be accepted.

 

THANKFUL FOR GOD'S GENIUS - Not of works, lest any man should boast. 

God in His genius made salvation something could not be earned. There will be no self-promotion in Heaven, no boasting.

 

THANKFUL FOR GOD'S GENEROSITY - For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

 

We can be thankful because God has made us "his workmanship" and has ordained that we should perform good works. Just think! Poor lost sinners like us are allowed to serve God with good works. What a privilege!

 

 

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Ephesians 2:8-10

IN CHRIST!

 

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of

yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man

should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus

unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should

walk in them.

 

When we are "in Christ":

 

1.     WE ARE SAVED - By grace through faith. Vs. 8

2.     We ARE SILENCED - "Not of works lest any man should boast." Vs. 9

3.     WE ARE SANCTIFIED - Christ has set us apart for good works. Vs. 10

 

 

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Ephesians 2:8-10

A GRAND SALVATION!

 

THE GRACE OF SALVATION - "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:"

 

THE GIFT OF SALVATION - "it is the gift of God:"

 

THE GREATNESS OF SALVATION -

"Not of works, lest any man should boast."

"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."

 

 

 

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Ephesians 2:11-16

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

 

REMEMBER YOUR PAST – Vss. 11-12

REJOICE IN YOUR PEACE – Vss, 13-14

REFLECT ON HIS POWER – Vss. 15-16

 

 

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Ephesians 2:11-22

ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT

 

This may come as a shock to you, but there are Christians that I haven't liked very much.

 

When in college, I talked my Jewish roommate into coming to a Christian roller skating party.  While there a minister discovered that Jerry was Jewish and accosted Jerry with the Gospel. He lacked tact. I didn't care for that minister very much. When I was in my first church, there was a missionary who tried to tell me how to run the Church that I pastored. I didn't like him very much.

And there have been other Christians, whose attitudes, actions, and/or words have made me come away from them, not liking them very much.

 

I now realize that often I've had the wrong attitude towards other Christians.  Although I can't always agree with them, I can certainly have a right attitude towards them.

 

And, by the way, there have been Christians who haven't liked me either.  When Dottie and I were missionaries, a church gathered food for us at Thanksgiving.  A couple came to deliver the food, and we invited them to stay for coffee.  In the process, the wife apologized to me for what she had said. She told one of her friends, that she couldn't see what Dottie saw in me!

 

A lot of the animosity between Christians has been ethnic or racial in nature.

John MacArthur - "Only about twenty years ago the pastor of a prosperous white church in a southern U.S. town became burdened for the community at large. The black janitor of his church was a gracious and obedient Christian, and the two men began a weekly Bible study and prayer time together. "After a few months the church board approached the pastor and told him he had to stop having fellowship with 'that man' because it was bad for the church's image. When he told them he could not do that because he felt fellowshipping with and ministering to him was the Lord's will, virtually no store in town would do business with him. He could not buy clothes, gas, or even groceries. Before long he had a nervous breakdown and was taken to the psychiatric ward of a hospital in a nearby large city, where on the second day he dived out of the window and killed himself."

(The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, Ephesians, Copyright 1986 by the Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, page 67)

 

So, how do we maintain a good attitude towards Christians, whose manner, whose race, whose words, whose actions, whose attitudes rub us the wrong way?  We find the answer to that question in our text.

 

As we come to verse 11, we are reminded that when it comes to Christians we don't like, we just might need an attitude adjustment.  A key word in Vs. 11 is "remember".  When we have a tendency not to like someone, there are three things here which we need to remember.

 

REMEMBER YOUR PAST Vss. 11-12

Vs. 11 - The majority of believers in the Ephesian church were gentiles.  Basically, a gentile is a non-Jew. 

 

For centuries the Jews and Gentiles did not get along. There was division. There was animosity. There was hatred. Paul reminds the Ephesians, that as Gentiles, their past was far less than spectacular.  They were at a spiritual disadvantage to the Jews.

 

God had made a distinction between the Jew and the Gentile.

He had called Abraham to be the Father of a great nation. This would be the nation through which the Messiah would come, and through which all the nations of the world would be blessed. The Jews however, instead of trying to reach the world with their knowledge of God, began acting much like the gentiles they were supposed to win, and also developed a serious hatred for the gentiles they were supposed to win.

 

The physical sign that distinguished a Jew from a Gentile was circumcision.  Paul reminds them that the Gentiles were looked down upon and called "uncircumcision" by those who are called

"circumcision".  Paul is not approving here of the obvious prejudice that Jew had against the Gentile.

 

Vs. 12 - Paul shows here, that as Gentiles, they had a spiritual disadvantage.

 

1. WITHOUT CHRIST - The Gentile did not originally have the promise of the Messiah. The coming Christ, the Lord Jesus was promised to Israel.  Think of you and I, and every other Christian. Before we came to faith in Christ, we too were without Christ! We all began the same way!

 

2. AILIENS FROM THE COMMONWEALTH OF ISRAEL - Gentiles lacked citizenship in God's chosen nation.  When we were without Christ, we lacked citizenship in Heaven!

 

3. STRANGERS FROM THE COVENANTS OF PROMISE - God had given Israel many promises that weren't for the Gentile.  Without Christ, each and every person is without God's promises.  It is only when we come to Christ that we have His promises.

 

4. HAVING NO HOPE - The Gentile is hopeless if he has no promises from God. Without Christ we are hopeless.  Our only hope is an eternity in hell!

 

5. WITHOUT GOD - O the Gentile had plenty of gods. There were many idols. The problem was they were without the one, true and living God!

 

Any person without Christ today is just like the Gentile!

This was our condition before we were saved!

What right do we have to think of anyone else as inferior, or not good enough as a Christian?  We came from the same background. We are no better than they!

 

REMEMBER YOUR PEACE Vss. 13-17

 

By the way, a Jew without Christ, although he has many Spiritual advantages over the Gentile is equally lost.  The Jews had all the Spiritual advantages over the Gentile, and still the majority turned their backs on God.

 

Vs. 13 - In spite of our terrible past, there was a day, if you are a Christian, that God gave you peace. This verse tells us that we who were once far away from God are drawn nigh, or brought close by the blood of Christ.What did the blood of Christ do?

The blood of Christ was the perfect payment for the sins of the Gentile.

The blood of Christ was the perfect payment for the sins of the Jew. Romans 5:6-9, John 3:14, John

 

If Christ is your Savior, please remember that the Christian which you do not care for, came to God the same way you did, through the blood of Christ.

 

Vs. 14 -  He is the one who brings peace between Jew and Gentile.

 

He is the one who brings peace between Jew and Jew. He is the one who brings peace between Gentile and Gentile. When a Jew comes to Christ and when a Gentile comes to Christ, they are made one! They are one in Christ. When two Jews come to Christ they are made one! They are one in Christ. When two Gentiles come to Christ they are made one! They are one in Christ!

 

Vs. 14 says that the middle wall of partition has been broken down by Christ.

 

There was an outer court at the temple. This was called the court of the Gentiles. That was as far as Gentiles were allowed to come.  This physical barrier was representative of the attitude barrier which existed between Jew and Gentile. Christian, when you came to Christ, please bear in mind that the barrier that existed between you and any other Christian disappeared. Christ tore it down!

 

Vs. 15 - The enmity, hatred, hostility between Gentile and Jew was handled at the cross.

One of the great barriers between Jew and Gentile was the ceremonial law which included the sacrifices, offerings feasts, laws of cleanliness and purification.  The outward laws of separation would be included as well.

Jesus took the two groups, Jew and Gentile, and made them one new man in himself. When the two come together in Christ, there is now peace!

 

Vs. 16 - It was on the cross that the sin of enmity, the sin of hostility, the sin of hatred was paid for. He brought both groups to God! Paying for all sin!

 

Yes, Jesus died to end the hostility between believers in both groups, Jews and Gentiles.

But Jesus also died to end the hostility between God and man.

We were separated from God because of our sin.

Jesus reconciled us to God by paying for that sin on the cross!

 

To reconcile means to "turn from hostility to friendship."

Not only do we now have friendship with God, but we become children of God. John 1:12

Any child of God should now be my friend because we are brothers and sisters in Christ.  And more than a friend because we are kin in Christ!

I'm not saying you will like what every believer does.

I'm not saying you'll appreciate every believer's personality.

But I am saying that because of what Christ did on the cross to reconcile us to God and us to each other, we need to have a proper attitude of love to all believers. John 13:34-35

 

Vs. 17 - Jesus came and preached peace to them that were far away from God - the Gentiles.

Jesus came and preached peace to them that were close by - the Jews.  Jesus' Gospel is a Gospel of peace. Romans 5:1, Isaiah 9:6, Luke 2:13-14. John 14:27, Matthew 5:9

 

If the ministry of Jesus Christ is a ministry of peace, should I not strive to be at peace with each fellow believer.  That isn't always possible, but if there is enmity, hatred, bitterness, between two Christians, let it be their enmity, their hatred, their bitterness, not yours!

 

REMEMBER YOUR POSITION Vss. 18-22

 

Vs. 18 - When Jesus Christ died on the cross, a very special thing happened. Mark 5:38

The veil that kept men out of the Holy of Holies, symbolic of the very presence of God, was ripped in two. Because of the work on the cross, you and I have access into the very presence of God.

My friend, as long as the Christian you do not like is right with God, he or she has just as much access into the throne of Grace as you do!

 

Vs. 19 - Not only do we all have access into the presence of God, but we are also fellow citizens of Heaven and members of God's household.

 

Vs. 20 - God now alludes to the church as a building. The key part of the building is the corner stone.

 

Vs. 21 - The building we know as Christ's church is still being fitted together. Each new believer is another stone in the temple. Each Christian you know is a stone, an important part in God's Temple, the church.

 

Vs. 22 - We are the habitation of God through the Spirit.

             Each individual is the temple of God. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

 

Each individual Christian added to the other Christians is jointly the temple of God.

There is a unity here that we must remember.

There is a unity here that we must practice.

There is a unity here that will bring glory to God.

 

Perhaps we need an attitude adjustment.

Who is the Christian that you don't particularly like?

We both have access to God.

We both are fellow citizens of the household of God.

We both are part of God's temple, indwelled by the Holy Spirit.

 

 

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Ephesians 2:13-21

NOW!

 

We don’t have to wait to go to Heaven to enjoy the blessings of salvation.  We begin to have the blessings of salvation the moment we trust Christ as Savior.  Our blessings are now!

 

NOW WE ARE NEAR – Vs. 13

 

NOW WE HAVE PEACE – Vss. 14-15

 

NOW WE ARE RECONCILED – Vss. 16-17

 

NOW WE HAVE ACCESS – Vs. 18

 

NOW WE ARE FAMILY! – Vs. 19

 

NOW WE ARE ADDED – Vss. 20-21

 

 

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Ephesians 2:15-21

GOD CARES

 

GOD CARES ABOUT CONDUCT - See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

 

GOD CARES ABOUT CONSERVATION - Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

 

GOD CARES ABOUT CONTENT - Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

 

GOD CARES ABOUT CONTROL - And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

 

 

 

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