Ephesians 2: 8-13 (KJV) 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.
Paul was writing a letter of encouragement to the Gentile, more specifically to the church at Ephesus regarding the Jews and Gentiles (all believers) coming together since Jesus dies for every person and all are entitled to the ‘Hidden Mystery’.
Ephesians 2: 8-13 outline:
I. Grace and Faith (not works) are required for Salvation (v 8-9)
II. God created man and ordained him to walk in good works (vs 10)
III. Gentiles made acceptable through Jesus Christ (11)
IV. Strangers with no hope (v 12)
V. Hidden Mystery revealed through the blood of Jesus Christ (v 13)
In this passage of scripture, Paul is reaching out to the Gentiles. The Jews looked down on the Gentiles because they did not follow the letter of the law and were not worthy of heaven. In fact, they were unclean, unworthy of God’s love, uncircumcision, and unworthy of the promise of salvation (the ‘Hidden Mystery’). He wrote in his letter to them that Jesus died for everything not just t...
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Application (1 page)
Today it still takes the blood of Jesus Christ to make it to heaven. In this day and time when we have so much, there is still nothing a person can do to make it to heaven without the blood of Jesus. It does not matter who you are, who your parents are or what you look like there is only one way to heaven.
In this day and time many think any religion can make it to heaven. John 16:6 (KJV) “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Many people thank their good works will get them to heaven. There is also the reverse of that.
There are people that think what they have done is to bid and bad for Christ to forgive them. However, the love of Christ extends to every individual. There is no sin that big or too small for God to forgive. Grace, faith and the blood of Christ is all it takes.
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