1. Chapter 2 starts off with the words “As for you…” which signifies a shift in focus or a comparison with the previous topic. To what or whom are the sinners dead in their sins being compared?
The risen Christ who is alive after being raised from the dead
2. Who is the ruler of the kingdom of the air?
Satan, the devil
3. From the first three verses, describe 3 things that sinners follow.
1. As mere men and women we will never act as merciful as God, and we will never demonstrate as great a love as God our Father. Aside from the obvious sacrifice of Jesus Christ, what is the greatest human act of mercy or love that you have witnessed or heard of in your life?
2. What’s the difference between mercy and grace? Can you have one without the other?
Grace and mercy are both aspects of God's love for mankind. While they are different, they are the same in the sense that they both result from God's compassionate love for us. While we may think of God in human terms, it is not likely that God separates the different aspects of his love from each other, after all God is Love.
Favor or kindness shown without regard to the worth or merit of the one who receives it and in spite of what that same person deserves. (from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright (c)1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)
"Grace is what God may be free to do, and indeed what he does, accordingly, for the lost after Christ has died on behalf of them" (Lewis Sperry Chafer, Systematic Theology, 7:178 from The New Unger's Bible Dictionary. Originally published by Moody Press of Chicago, Illinois. Copyright (c) 1988.)
The aspect of God's love that causes Him to help the miserable, just as grace is the aspect of His love that moves Him to forgive the guilty. (from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright (c)1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)
"Mercy is a form of love determined by the state or condition of its objects. Their state is one of suffering and need, while they may be unworthy or ill-deserving. ((from The New Unger's Bible Dictionary. Originally published by Moody Press of Chicago, Illinois. Copyright (c) 1988.)
3. In verse 2 we see the name of the devil given as the ruler of the kingdom of the air. What are some other names God gives him from the following verses?
1. Cite three reasons for our salvation given in verses 1 through 10.
2. Describe people’s lives before salvation from the following verses. In fact the verses describe each of our lives without Christ, so start each with the words, “I was…” and then add the characteristic from the verse provided.
Now describe people’s lives after salvation from the following verses. Thank God the verses describe each of our lives with Christ, so start each with the words, “I am…” or “I will be…” and then add the characteristic from the verse provided.
1. In verses 14 through 18, we see the words “the two” in verse 14; “out of the two” in verse 15; the words “both” and “their” in verse 16; and the words “we both” in verse 18. Explain the use of these words. What do they refer to?
They refer to the Gentiles and the Jews
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith (and this not from yourselves, it is my gift) not by works, so that no one can boast. For you are my workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which I prepared in advance for you to do.” Ephesians 2:8-10
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BY HIS GRACE!
IT IS BY GRACE WE HAVE BEEN SAVED BECAUSE HE KNEW HE WOULD DO HIS WORK THROUGH US, HE KNEW HOW HE WOULD DO IT AND WHAT MEANS HE WOULD USE TO BRING HIM …
The Emphasis from God
God would emphasize GRACE and GIFT. Because, even though we are created in Christ Jesus to do good works, it is not enough without the grace of God giving …
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"For it is BY GRACE you have been SAVED, THROUGH FAITH (and this NOT FROM YOURSELVES, it is MY GIFT) not by works, so that NO ONE can boast. For YOU ARE …
Major emphasis on GRACE, and we are His WORKMANSHIP, created in Christ to DO GOOD WORKS
Grace, Faith, His Gift, not by works, His workmanship, to do good works by His grace in fatih of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Praise to the Lord, the Father who by His grace has saved us and brings us to Him in the majesty of his mercy and kindness and forgiveness for our sins. …
Grace because He is all gracious. Not by works. We can do nothing and I mean nothing to earn our salvation! My workmanship - we are made and sustained …
Through his Grace, faith,gift,workmanship, was Created through Christ Jesus that we my receive his Good works so we will be Prepare when he comes back …
We are saved by faith not by works that any man can boast. It is the gift of GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
God would emphasize to me: "You are my workmanship, created in Christ Jesus"
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith (and this not from yourselves, it is my gift) not by works, so that no one can boast. For you are …
grace and not from yourself
I would emphasize grace,not from myself
Grace - saved - through faith - not by works - no one can boast. my workmanship created in Christ Jesus - do good works.
For you are my workmanship, created in Christ Jesus o do good works, which I have prepared in advance for you.
Saved through faith not works and which I prepared in advance for you. It's hard sometimes with everything I have done in my life to believe I've just …
“For it is by GRACE you have been saved, THROUGH FAITH (and this not from yourselves, it is MY GIFT) not by works, so that no one can boast. For YOU ARE …
For you are my workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works
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Faith is the route to salvation. What I need now is more rebuilt faith. As the man of the house I am bombarded by stan's roar.
God begot his own Son, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins. The shedding of the blood of Christ for OUR sins is God's sacrifice to us and in return we …
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3. How should we act towards people of different religions? Should we become acquainted with someone of another faith at work or as a neighbor and they do not wish to hear about our God, how should we act towards them? What about people who are hostile towards Christians?
HERE IS ONE MAN'S OPINION: I believe faith comes by hearing, and by hearing the Word of God. God may be at work in a person’s heart and we may not know it, we should always demonstrate the attitude of Christ. The Bible tells us we are blessed if we are persecuted for the Christ. As I like to say, the truth never changes. So my response is that we should always endeavor to speak the truth to all we encounter.
1. In the following verses cite what God has accomplished “in Christ Jesus”; identify what is accomplished “in Christ Jesus”.
2. What is a cornerstone and why do you think Jesus Christ was described as a cornerstone?
A stone placed at the corner, or the intersecting angle, where two walls of a building come together. In biblical times, buildings were often made of cut, squared stone. By uniting two intersecting walls, a cornerstone helped align the whole building and tie it together.
In his address before the Jewish SANHEDRIN, the apostle Peter quoted Ps 118:22 and boldly proclaimed that "Jesus Christ of Nazareth," crucified and raised from the dead, was the stone rejected by the builders who has now become the chief cornerstone (Acts 4:11). This chief cornerstone, Jesus Christ, is the foundation of the church, because "there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12) and in Him "the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord" (Eph 2:21). All who believe in Jesus find a solid Rock on which to build their lives. (from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright (c)1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)