Ephesians 2:1-10on July 11, 2012 at 8:08 am
Today’s scripture is special to me. I prayed for direction before releasing this one. Fifty years ago today a young woman in Tampa, Florida gave birth to a baby boy. He grew up and faced many challenges but after 30 years he realized that he couldn’t do it alone and gave his life to Christ. It was the best decision I ever made. The last 20 years haven’t been easy but they have been much better with Christ at the helm. So today’s scripture deals with salvation. If you don’t have it you can!! Thank you all for the well wishes and outpouring of love on my birthday.
Gerald C. Anderson, Sr.
Made Alive in Christ
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions —it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:3 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit.
Have a blessed day!!