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Ephesians, Chapter Two, Lesson Two

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V.11 (Cont'd.)

** How does that compare to our salvation?

God always looks upon the heart. He had planned for that which was performed externally to represent what He had done on the heart, creating a people set aside to God. cf. 1Samuel 16:7,
Deuteronomy 10:16, 30:6 and Colossians 2:8-11

V.12 ** Paul now adds five components to "Our Description", lets look at them one at a time.

We were:

1) Christless - separate from Christ (John 8:12 and Ephesians 5:8)
2) Stateless - excluded from the commonwealth of Israel (Psalm 147:19-20 and Deuteronomy 33:27-29
3) Friendless - strangers to the covenants of promise (Genesis 17:7-8, Galatians 3:8-9 and James 2:23)
4) Hopeless - having no hope (Romans 5:3-5 and Hebrews 11:1)
5) Godless - with out God in the world (Acts 17:23)

That was an incredible description of our lives before knowing Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. For a refreshing viewpoint, let's move on to "Our Deliverance".

V.13 - Our Deliverance

V.13 ** Like last week in verse four, we are given a very refreshing contrast in this verse. Even though we were Christless, stateless, friendless, hopeless, Godless sinners - Who was God willing to use to bring about our deliverance?

His own Son, "But now in Christ Jesus..." This is such a powerful statement. Before we were dead in our trespasses and sins, but now we are alive in the person of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. cf. 2Corinthians 5:17, Colossians 3:3

** From what have we been delivered?

Death, sin and the hopelessness of false religion! Romans 6:10-11, Galatians 5:1

** Looking ahead for a moment, what manifestation of the sinfulness of man is referred to in verses 14-16?

Bias, prejudice, division in the human race. In that passage it is specifically referring to the gap that existed between Jew and Gentile, but the sin of division goes way beyond that to every aspect of our lives.

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