Monday, March 24, 2014

Memorization Monday - Ephesians 2:4-5

Ephesians 2:1-7 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

I love this passage of Scripture.  It reminds us that even when we were dead and followed the downward path of sinful, fallen man, God reached down and raised us up from the dead and gave us life. This was totally by the grace of God, unrelated to any merit we may think we have. God sees us as having died with Christ on the cross and were raised with him. According to Romans 6, this is the ground of our victory.

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