Welcome to the second of six studies of the Book of Ephesians.
In Ephesians Chapter 2 we learn that Christians are saved by grace. We also learn when we become Christians we are not who we used to be and we are filled with new life and have the blessings of God's kindness and eternal gift to us. You will also learn about how we are members of one body in this second chapter of the Book of Ephesians.
Your learning comes from reading and studying the Bible. After you have read Ephesians chapter two below, it's a good idea to answer the daily study questions.
God Bless and enjoy your study!
Ruins of the Ephasus Amphitheater in modern day Turkey
Ephesians Chapter 2 - from the King James Version
1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
1. Ephesians Chapter 2 starts off with the words "And you" or “As for you…” in the NIV, 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?
2. Who is the ruler of the kingdom of the air?
3. From the first three verses of Ephesians Chapter 2, 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?
3. In Ephesians Chapter 2, verse 2 we see the name of the devil given as the prince of the power of the air, or the "ruler of the kingdom of the air in the NIV. What are some other names God gives him from the following verses not found in the Book of Ephesians?
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 from Ephesians Chapter 2. 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.
According to verse 5
According to verse 6
According to verse 7
According to verse 8
According to verse 9
According to verse 10
According to verse 13
According to verse 16
According to verse 18
According to verse 19
According to verse 22
1. In Ephesians Chapter 2 verses 14 through 18, we see the word “both” in verse 14; “of twain” in verse 15; the word “both” in verse 16; and the words “we both” in verse 18. Explain the use of these words. What do they refer to?
2. If God was reading the following words to you from His instruction book – Ephesians Chapter 2, verses 8 through 10 – Which words would He emphasize?
“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.”
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?
1. In the following verses from Ephesians Chapter 2 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?