The New You

I. We were “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1-3)

A. Our “activities” and our “character; attitude; condition” were dead toward God.

1. We were unable to understand or seek God (Romans 3:10-11).

a. There are none righteous.
b. There are none who understand God or seek Him.

2. We were unable to know the things of God (1 Corinthians 2:14).

a. The natural man cannot receive or know the Holy Spirit’s teaching about God.
b. The “spiritual discernment” is foreign to natural man.

B. Our lifestyle then reflected our choice of the “World’s” view.

1. We were in bondage to the elements of the world (Galatians 4:3).

a. The “elements” are the fundamental or foundational principles.
b. Colossians 2:8 provides an extended picture.

2. We had our minds blinded by Satan (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).

3. We willingly choose the three fundamental areas of the world that are against God (1 John 2:16-17; compare Genesis 3:6).

a. The lust of the flesh – Eve; tree good for food
b. The lust of the eyes – Eve; pleasant to the eyes
c. The pride of life – Eve; to be desired to make one wise
d. “... is not of the father, but is of the world.”

C. Our nature was the “Children of Wrath” (Ephesians 5:6).

1. We were under the condemnation of God (John 3:36)

a. The unbeliever “shall not see life”.
b. The unbeliever has “the wrath of God” abiding on him.

2. We were “storing up” wrath for ourselves (Romans 2:5-9).

a. Our “righteousness” are like “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6-7)
b. Our “worship” was of the “creature” and not the Creator (Romans 1:25)

II. We are spiritually transformed by God’s work (Ephesians 2:4-10).

A. There is an emphasis on God’s character.

1. He is rich in mercy

a. Psalm 103:1-4, 8-17; everlasting mercy; forgiveness
b. Lamentations 3:21-33; mercy new every morning

2. He has great love toward us

a. John 3:16; …so loved the world that He gave…
b. Romans 5:8; …while we were still sinners…
c. 1 John 4:9-10; God’s love manifested through His Son

B. There is a description of God’s action upon us.

1. He has made us alive.

a. John 5:21-24; passed from death unto life
b. Ephesians 4:24; created in righteousness and holiness

2. He has raised us up.

a. Romans 6:4, 9-11; dead to sin; alive to God
b. Galatians 2:20; crucified with Christ; Christ now living in me

3. He has seated us with Him.

a. Revelation 3:21; sit together on His throne
b. Romans 8:17; joint heirs with Christ

C. There is a specific purpose in God’s transformation of us.

1. He expects us to display His grace (Ephesians 1:4-6)

2. He expect us to praise His grace (Ephesians 1:11-12).

3. He expects us to bring Him pleasure (Revelations 4:11).

D. There are specific reasons for this careful transformation.

1. Salvation is by God’s grace and gift of faith

a. Ephesians 2:8-9; grace through faith – God’s gift
b. 2 Timothy 1:9; according to His own purpose and grace
c. Titus 3:5-7; justified by grace and made heirs

2. Salvation is God’s creation

a. Ephesians 4:24; we are “created” in righteousness
b. 2 Corinthians 5:17: a new “creature” (creation); old things have passed away, all things are new.

3. Salvation is designed to produce good works

a. Ephesians 2:10; “ordained” unto good works
b. Titus 3:8; “maintain” good works
c. Hebrews 10:19-25; “provoke” one another to good works

III. We are to constantly be aware of what we were and what we have become.

A. We are told to “remember” what we used to be (Ephesians 2:11-12)

1. We were “aliens” and “enemies” (Colossians 1:21Romans 8:5-8).

2. We were “strangers from the covenants” (Genesis 17:1-8).

3. We were “without hope” and “without God” (Ephesians 2:12-13).

B. We are told to contrast what we were with what we are NOW!

1. We were “far off” but are now “near” (Ephesians 2:13-14).

a. The “middle wall” has been broken down.
b. Both Jew and Gentile are “one.”
c. The “heathen’ were kept separate and distant from Israel by laws, customs, worship liturgy, marriage, food, and dress.

1. We have had the enmity abolished (Ephesians 2:15).

a. We have been married to another (Romans 7:4-6).
b. We have been reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:18-21).

IV. We are, therefore, to understand our “citizenship” has changed.

A. We are “fellow citizens” (only time used) with God.

1. We are of His “household” (1 Timothy 3:15).

2. We are “built together” for Him to dwell in (1 Peter 2:5-10).

B. We now participate in a reality that was a “mystery” before.

1. We all share an inheritance (Romans 8:17).

2. We all participate in the promise (Galatians 3:22-29; 2 Peter 1:4).

3. We are all able to experience the fellowship (1 John 1:3-7; 5:1).

C. We are now implementing the purpose of God in our lives.

1. Our “assembly” reveals the wisdom of God (Ephesians 3:10; 6:12).

2. Our activities are instruction to the angels (1 Peter 1:10-12).

Series: 
Identity
Lesson: 
#4
Book: 
Ephesians
Verses: 
2:1-15

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