Sunday night was our first chance after BigStuf Camp to continue our study of Ephesians. We picked up in chapter 2 [one of my favorites in the Bible]. As you read the first few verse of chapter 2, things look pretty bleak. Paul is discussing our state before we met Christ. We were dead in our sins. We deserved the full measure of God’s wrath. We had no hope of doing anything good on our own.
However, things take a turn for the better in verse 4… two of the sweetest sounding words in Scripture show up: “but God.” God who is so rich in mercy saved us by His grace and raised us to life in Christ! Now that is good news.
We applied this to our lives by saying that God’s salvation is a gift to us. It’s not something that we earn. Many times, we want to try and work for our salvation. We think that enough good works will make God happy with us… That’s not what His word says. Salvation comes by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. It’s that simple.
We also looked at verse 10 which says we are the workmanship of God. He created us for a purpose, and we should do the things He wants us to do. This is where our actions come in… Good works don’t get us salvation, but they allow us to glorify and honor God through our lives, and enable us to further the kingdom of Christ.
We encouraged our students to move forward with Christ. They’ve been saved by grace and they are purchased with the blood of Jesus. The things of the past do not have power over them, so they should press forward (Philippians 3:13-14).