Sunday, March 5, 2023
In Ephesians 2:1-10 we find that we as God’s Creation have a spiritual responsibility to our Creator. We find that we also have a Divine Destiny and a Human Worth. The creature that God created in man is enabled to respond to Him. Man becomes a response-able being. He is qualitatively, a different sort of being, endowed with ability and a freedom to fellowship and participates in the life of God.
But when the power of sin is broken – by accepting Christ’s vicarious act of obedience at Calvary – grace is revealed and the true order of humanity is restored. It is the crucified humanity intended in creation. Christ came to authenticate humanity in order for us to be in full communion with God.
These truths are summarized by the apostle Paul who says that by nature, the human condition of mankind is dead, enslaved, and condemned (Eph. 2:1-3), but then by the grace of God in Christ and His divine compassion, man is saved made alive (vv. 5, 8 – “Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without a spot.”), raised, and made to sit with Him in eternal fellowship and purpose.
What a one-sided deal for all of us. We have been taken for the highway leading to eternal damnation and placed on the highway to eternal bliss where we were destined to be.
You are loved, Pastor Don