|This week we focus on the study of Ephesians chapter two. This letter refers to the Church as a body to illustrate unity of purpose and show how each individual member is a part that must work together with all the other parts. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy|
SCRIPTURE TEXT: “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much.“–Ephesians 2: 4(NLT)
We were dead in our sins, but God…We were rebels against Him, but God…We were enslaved by the devil and our sinful nature, but God…These may be the two most welcome words in all of Scripture: “but God.” God could have left us spiritually dead, in rebellion against Him and in bondage to our sins.
But He didn’t. He did not save us because of, but rather in spite of, what He saw in us. In addition to thanking Him for what He has done for us, we should also show humble patience and tolerance for others who seem unworthy or undeserving of our love and compassion. They may be spiritually dull, rebellious, and even antagonistic toward God. So were we; but God loved us anyway. Can we do less for fellow sinners?