Jason Silver | Pastor and Author
Ephesians Chapter 2
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 sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects 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 not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
A lot of Christians stop here at that thought and think, “Well… Grace made it so I had to do nothing but believe to be saved.” People continue this line of thinking throughout their Christian lives and think that because of God’s grace they don’t have to do anything with their salvation once they have it. For us to believe that we don’t really have to live different, think different, and speak different is simply not true. Grace is not an excuse to do nothing, it’s empowerment from God to do everything! He’s given us everything for “life” and “godliness” or God-Likeness, meaning to become more like God in character, and in action.
Continuing on in verse 10
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. 11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
We are fellow citizens with God’s people! We are members of God’s household!
Every household has principles and rules even that the family lives by; God’s household is no different! As much as there are expectations for how we live in our earthly homes, there are expectations for how we live in God’s home! We must realize that God’s grace does not excuse us from living out these principles at all!
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. 14 The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.
19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who practice these things cannot inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
What are some principles to help us make righteous decisions and live a holy life?
These are principles by which I strive to live my Christian life, and I know they will help you.
1 Corinthians 6:12-13
“Everything is permissible for me”-but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me”-but I will not be mastered by anything.
1 John 2:5-6
This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
Asking ourselves, “What would Jesus do?” Really does still apply!
It’s a great litmus test, so to speak, to help us make right decisions, and walk in holiness
Ask yourself? Does it bring glory to God?
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
The Hidden Word
I’ve hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you
Many folks could get victory over sinful habits in their lives just by gettin the Word of God into their hearts more. We say we don’t have time, yet we all find time for less important things. What could be more important than learning to walk pure before God?
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