WE HAVE BEEN ELEVATED FROM SIN (Ephesians 2:1-10)
Our past position (1-3) Previously we were dead in our trespasses and sins which alienated us from Christ. In other words, we were spiritually dead. We were living per the world’s (kosmos-order or system) mores and paradigms. Our conduct was filled with strong ungodly desires which affected our way of thinking.
How God provided elevation (2:4-9) But God despite everything you and I have been through and are going through but God. God is opulent in mercy and love towards us. Mercy means God does not give me what I do deserve; grace means God gives me what I don’t deserve.
Our present position (2:10) We are God’s magnum opus i.e. masterpiece of a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). The same loving Father divinely chose you, divinely called you, and divinely saved you has also marked out a wonderful plan for my life!
WE HAVE BEEN ELEVATED INTO THE BODY OF CHRIST (Ephesians2:11-22)
What we were sinners (11-12) The apostle Paul commences the letter with a general overview of what God has done for sinners through the meritorious work of Jesus Christ. Furthermore, the apostle highlights the Gentiles were strangers (Greek “apallotroioo-estranged) from the covenant of promise.
What God did through Christ (13-17) The blood of Christ eradicates the sin problem which alienated us from the family of God (13). Our peace (Hebrew Shalom-wholeness, completeness/Greek Eirene-tranquility, favorable circumstances). Christ death on the cross broke down every barrier that stood between Jews and Gentiles. In the Jewish temple, there was a wall that separated the “Court of the Gentiles” from the rest of the structure; and on this wall, was a sign giving warning that any Gentile who passed beyond it would be killed. Jesus Christ tore down that wall! He tore down the physical wall, for in Christ all are made one.
What we are now (18-22)
Under the old covenant only the Jews had access to the Holy of Holiness through the ministry of the high priest (18).
But the salvific work of Christ both Jew and Gentile have access to the throne of grace (19)
Paul shows a distinction between God’s holy temple and the Temple of Diana.
The apostles and prophets laid the foundation of the pointing to Christ as the chief cornerstone. The church must be built on a Christocentric worldview.