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Ephesians, Chapter Two, Lesson One

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V. 4 (Cont'd.)

** Set up against the depths of our depravity, what two attributes of God does Paul now introduce to our thinking by way of contrast?

Mercy - this is God's heart attitude toward us!
Love - this is the action flowing out from His attitude, providing the solution to our problem.

V. 5 ** Is there anything unusual or unhumanlike about the timing of God's marvelous mercy and love?

Yes! He was willing to demonstrate it toward us "even when we were dead in our transgressions". Our gracious God's love is totally different from that of human love, which is dependent upon the loveliness of the object to be loved.

V. 6 ** What three things has God done for us?

1) He made us alive (V.5) 1Thessalonians 5:9-10
2) He raised us up with Christ (V.6) Colossians 2:12
3) He seated us in the heavenly places (V.6) Ephesians 1:20

** We must not move on without making special notice of an extremely important theological truth contained in Paul's parenthetical statement, what is it?

"by grace you have been saved" If this was the only place in Scripture that this was said, it would make it no less significant. We cannot save ourselves, it is totally an act of God's loving grace!

** Even though Paul is going to expand his thought about God's grace in verses 8-10, why is it important for him to mention it here?

Going from one extreme to the other (dead to alive) must not be considered as accomplishable by any act of human will or effort!

V. 7 ** What reason does Paul give for God to show us His love and mercy?

"in order that in the ages to come (all eternity), God can display the surpassing riches of His grace! cf. Ephesians 3:8-10

** According to verse seven, how does He display it?

"...in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus".
Because He has "pardoned our sin" through the payment made by Jesus Christ on our behalf. (Colossians 2:14)

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