He Died for Everyone

Feb 24, 2014

Ephesians – Chapter 2

Paul is making his case to the Gentile believers in Ephesus as if he’s giving opening arguments to a jury before a trial is about to begin. The case is built around two main points; how sin separated them from God the creator and reconciliation through his Son, Jesus Christ.

Paul’s case must be strong, since generations of Gentiles have been excluded by the Jews. He reminds them that their citizenship was blocked by laws and regulations, but those ways are over because God in his mercy has made a new way. I can only imagine the joy these words must have brought to new believers in the young Church.

Paul helps them understand that no measure of works can save them. Circumcision cannot save them nor can any acts of man. Verses 8 & 9 stand out as the key arguments in his opening statement:

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (NIV)

Paul’s words in this letter are a timeless truth. Application and comprehension of this message is just as important for today’s Church as it was two millennia ago. Paul will continue to make his case, so be sure to keep reading for the closing arguments which are still to come.