Ephesians 2 Lesson

God loves us even when we are lost

Chapter 2 is full of encouraging scriptures.   We will highlight a few of them today and think about what they mean to us.

  1. God has always loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions.   **Corresponding scripture: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).” – Ephesians 2:4-5.
  2. God has reconciled both Jew and Gentile to be together with Jesus.   **Corresponding scripture: ‘Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands— remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.’ – Ephesians 2:11-13.   
  3. Our faith in Jesus saves us.   **Corresponding scripture: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9.  
  4. Our faith in Jesus brings us peace.   **Corresponding scripture: “For He Himself is our peace.” – Ephesians 2:14.  
  5. Through Jesus we gain access to God.   **Corresponding scripture: “For through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.” – Ephesians 2:18.

There is no greater feeling in the world than knowing that you are loved by God!  

With God’s love behind us, we can overcome any obstacles that comes our way.  

  • “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13.

With God’s love behind us, there is no need to be worried.  

  • “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6.

God raised Jesus from the grave, and He can raise us too!   Faith in Jesus will lead us to eternal heaven.   He is preparing a place for us.  

  • “In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” – John 14:2 

There is one final point that we will talk about during today’s study.   Ephesians 2:4-5 says:

“He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions.”

In fact, He loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to save us! 

  • “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16.

Notice that God loved us even before He sent His Son.   Even when we were, “Dead in our transgressions.”  

Sometimes we want others to “fix themselves” before we engage with them and show them any love.   At the same time, we want God to show us mercy and love us as we are now, even with all our warts and imperfections.   

That is hypocritical and not what God wants.   Just as God loved us when we were, “Dead in our transgressions,” God wants us to love our neighbors as they are now, warts and all.

When the Pharisees asked Jesus what the most important commandment was, Jesus responded:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment.   The second is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and Prophets.”– Mathew 22:37-40.

The entire Bible is summed up in these two commandments.

  1. Love God
  2. Love your neighbor

As Jesus said in John 13:35:

"By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

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Dan

What infinite love has provided the Redeemer. Yes, our response to God's grace can be summed up in loving God and loving our neighbor as ourselves. So grateful for God's patience and love for us when we were yet in our sins.

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Rita

I am so thankful to our Lord for his love, grace, wisdom and encouragement. It’s been a rough two weeks for me and I have been asking God to help me from the pit. Thank you

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