Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:4,5)
The gospel is about a change in our status and condition. Once we were dead spiritually; but now, by God’s grace, we are alive! Out of HIs rich mercy and extravagant love, God saved us. He acted on our behalf and sent His Son to purchase us. Christ alone makes our salvation possible. He took upon Himself our nature and although He Himself was sinless, He became sin for us. He bore the punishment that was rightly ours. This is the meaning of His death on the cross. It is sin being punished. As a result of Christ’s work, our sins have been atoned for and we have been forgiven.
Now comes the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the agent of regeneration. He makes us alive spiritually as He implants a new principle of life in us. When this happens, we have a new disposition and a new ability. We now can grasp spiritual truth. We begin to see things that we could not see before. We are born again!
We must realize that this new birth is a creative act of God. “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (II Corinthians 5:17). We have been changed from the inside out. Once this happens we have a new ability, a new disposition, and a new outlook on life. We have been made alive!
And all this is from God — “By grace you have been saved.” God did the work. He sent His Son to redeem us. The Father and the Son sent the Holy Spirit to make us alive when we were spiritually dead. God does it all!
Gracious and merciful God, You saved me from my terrible state of sin. You removed my guilt and shame. You sent Your Son to take my place on the cross and He paid for me. And You sent Your Spirit who gave me new birth! Once I was dead; but now I am alive!
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