From Death to Life by Grace

July 14, 2020

1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins 2 in which you previously lived according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit now working in the disobedient. 3 We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath as the others were also. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, 5 made us alive with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace! 6 He also raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might display the immeasurable riches of his grace through his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— 9 not from works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.

Ephesians 2:1-10

Written by Janet Waters from the Brentwood Campus

Have you ever gone out to your car with plans to go somewhere, only to discover that the battery is dead? No matter how many times you turn the key or press the ignition button, nothing happens. No power, just dead.

Sadly, “No power, just dead” describes our fallen world. There is a problem with human hearts because sin does damage. Remember the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis? Their disobedience to God in the garden of Eden by choosing to eat from the forbidden tree resulted in their separation from God. This sin against God opened the door for His creation to start out dead in their sins.

When I was 15 years old, I began to understand that Adam and Eve’s actions would have been my actions. Even though I thought I was a good person and did good things, I was living dead in my sins. Scripture tells us no amount of good works secures our salvation or earns grace. Because of His great love for us, God who is rich in mercy makes us alive by grace. It is His free gift of salvation, through His Son Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection, that restored His relationship with His creation. Ephesians 2:8 teaches that we are saved by grace through faith. How? By the working of His power, so we are justified by His grace through faith.

My being saved by grace at 15 did not end there. Salvation is just the beginning! Life takes on a whole new meaning with purpose and God-ordained work to do with Him. If grace is more than forgiveness for what we do wrong, imagine the power of God to do right and the enablement it brings! Live the life you were given. Don’t just know about Jesus; rather, know Jesus. It is a daily challenge to be intentional to read and study the Bible, to memorize scripture, and to find time to pray. It is important to appropriate God’s grace in our lives. Live life enabled with God’s lavish grace and see spiritual growth. You are created to experience a perpetual flowing of His grace.

Are you saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ? It is His free gift of salvation to you that takes you from death to life. Choose to live life in a right relationship with God and in obedience to the One who pulls beauty out of nothing. God has work for you to do with Him, and He uses your story. It’s just the beginning!

*My writing is loosely based on a sermon by Dr. Michael L. Glenn and is used with his permission.

 Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. God’s grace is undeserved, unmerited, and unearned. Heaven came down for you. Today is the day of grace.
  2. Every person must choose to receive this free gift salvation, replacing death with eternal life. Have you made this choice? Today is the day of grace.
  3. Do you know about Jesus or know Jesus? Your life has beauty and purpose. Today is the day of grace.

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