And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience — among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved — and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace and kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Today, we get to a lot of the stuff we were talking about – our deadness, our love of evil, God’s love for completely unworthy people, how HE made us alive, and how we’re set free to do good works.
Let’s talk about US this time: where were we and what did God do?
1. We were dead in our sin. Dead. Unable to accept Jesus. Like a corpse that’s been under dirt for a thousand years.
2. We were doing it the world’s way. We were following the world, the flesh, and the devil. We were completed opposed to God.
3. God is merciful. Though we are sinners, though we opposed, even hated God, he made us alive. We were dead, but he made us alive in Christ. He saved us from our sinfulness and hatred and woke us up!
4. God’s grace saved us. Not our works, at all. Our faith isn’t a work. We would NEVER have faith in God unless God woke us up and saved us first.
5. We are God’s creation. We’re God’s workmanship. And we’re here to do good works.
So get the order: we’re dead, God makes us alive through his grace alone, and we’re freed to do good works for him, like we’re created to.
We aren’t alive, doing good works, and God helps us out.
We’re DEAD, stuck in the bottom of the ocean with hundreds of pounds of weight on our neck.
The Creator of the Universe steps in, rescues us, and frees us of all that weight.
He’s made us righteous in CHRIST. When God looks at us, he sees Jesus’ perfection in us. On our own, we’re nothing. But through Jesus, we are completely righteous.
Of course, we still are sinners in our human flesh. But instead of fearing God’s wrath on unrighteousness, we’re free to live for him, set free to grow into what we already are in Christ.
But instead of fearing God’s wrath on unrighteousness, we’re free to live for him, set free to grow into what we already are in Christ, to do what we’re ultimately made for: obeying, glorifying, and enjoying God.