Ephesians 2. Forum Discussion

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 obstacle 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 of 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.”

The entire Bible is summed up in these two commandments.  Love God, and love our neighbor.  

As Jesus said in John 13:35:

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

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Ephesians 3. Our study will focus on the, “Unfathomable riches of Christ.” May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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How do we love our neighbor?

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John
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We have to love our neighbour as we love ourselves. As God loved us even when we were dead in sin

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Patrick Louis
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Love is everything. When you love someone, you care about him (or her). You are always ready to help, make sure everything is ok, do what you can for his or her happiness and more.

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Michael
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In today's world, I think it is by "Letting them in." It seems in my part of the world that everyone is keeping to themselves. That makes it very hard to love someone. We are supposed to practice hospitality. I like to get together with 1 or two people. It can be from church, or not. And then ask them to talk about their faith. You can learn a lot about each other. That is the first step to loving someone. "People do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care."

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