Life Lessons From Ephesians 1 & 2 Part 2

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In my last post we began to look at our identity in Christ and how important it is to us as believers. Knowing who we are helps to shape us into the person God wants us to be and allows Him to use us as He had planned. In Part 1 we looked at six verses from chapter 1. Now we will take a look at chapter 2 and see what it has for us.

1. You are alive.

And you He made alive,

who were dead in trespasses and sins,

Ephesians 2:1

When you became a believer you became a new person the Holy Spirit came to live inside you. Through the act of salvation God made you alive in Christ.

2. You are loved.

But God, who is rich in mercy,

because of His great love with which He loved us…

Ephesians 2:4

God looked down on humanity and saw us in our sin. He loved us enough to make a way to reconcile us to Him. You are loved by the Author of love. There is no greater love than that. He shows us mercy time and time again; every time we sin and then come to him in repentance. Please do not doubt that He loves you.

3. You are saved.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.

Ephesians 2:8

By accepting the gift that God freely offers us, we are saved from eternal death and damnation. We believe that Jesus died on the cross; was buried and rose again and went back up into heaven, thus defeating death and paying the penalty for our sins. God saved us. He sets us free.

4. You are His workmanship.

For we are His workmanship,

created in Christ Jesus for good works

Ephesians 2:10

God created us. We did not evolve. He gave us life and made a plan for our lives to be used for His purpose. Once we become believers, we are to live our lives for Him. We need to be seeking out what His will is. What He wants us to do.

5. You have been brought near.

…having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 2:12b-13

Our sin separated us from God, but once saved that separation no longer exists. God is always by our side and He will never leave us. Ever.

6. You are a citizen of heaven and a member of the family of God.

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God

Ephesians 2:19

It has been said that this world is not our home. That’s true. Jesus said He would go and prepare a place for us and He has. Our eternal home awaits us and Jesus is eager to come and get us and take us home. He is just waiting to hear God say it’s time.

To live out the life God has for us, we need to be secure in the knowledge of who we are in Him. We need to use our faith to accept and believe these things. Sometimes it can be hard, but with the Holy Spirit’s help we can lay hold of them and let them give use the strength we need to stand firm in our faith and live victoriously.

I hope these two posts have helped you understand your identity a bit better. Claim them. Stand in front of a mirror and repeat these twelve statements every day if that is what it takes to believe them. Believe who God says you are.

If you missed part 1 you can find it here click.

Until next time, God bless.

~Brenda

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