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Ephesians, Chapter Two, Lesson One

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Having seen our position and God's pardon, let's look together at our practice in the eternal plan of redemption.

V. 8 to 10 - Our Practice in the Plan

V. 8 ** As Paul reintroduces the truth of salvation by the grace of God, what element does he add to it?

It comes "through faith".

** Is this then man's effort, his time for glory because of what he accomplished in his own salvation?

No, even our faith in not of ourselves, it is a gift from God!
(Acts 13:48, Philippians 1:29, 2Peter 1:1)

V. 9 ** Why is the apostle so determined for us to understand this most significant truth?

"...that no one should boast..." From our study of chapter one, we learned that God's plan for redemption is all to His glory! cf. Ephesians 1:6, 12 and 14

** Does that mean that Christians should never boast?

No, God's glory is to be on display. cf. 1Corinthians 1:26-31 and Jeremiah 9:23-24

V.10 ** This verse begins with the fact that we are God's workmanship. What does that mean to you?

Our gracious God is THE creator! He made me, that makes me the created one who should worship and adore my creator. cf. Psalm 100:3

** Why have we been "Created in Christ"?

"...for good works...that we should walk in them".

** Remember that earlier today we saw a form of this expression. What does Paul mean by "walk in them"?

He is referring to "Our Practice in the Plan". It should be the step by step practice of every Believer to perform the very deeds that God has set out for us to do.

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