Please contact the publisher to obtain copies of this resource. He didn’t just raise us and leave us in the graveyard, he exalted us. Not a coffin. together with Christ--The Head being seated at God's right hand, the body also sits there with Him [CHRYSOSTOM]. I mean I do civic good, humanitarian good. Well the world here doesn’t just mean the globe. And then when you get the ‘second blessing’, then you get all the goodies that go with it.” And it would be a horrible thing to think of, but that’s the way most of those people have to exist, somewhere in the limbo between believing though they’re saved they have nothing, and trying to find that second thing that you finally get that can give you the power you need. Best known for his expository exegesis of the Bible, Logos has collected more than 3,000 of his sermons in the John MacArthur Sermon Archive and offers the complete MacArthur New Testament Commentary. He had the power to save you, and the manifestation of that power in your good works is to his glory. And the resurrection of Christ was demonstration number one, and your resurrection from sin is demonstration number two. It is not linguistically technical, but deals with linguistics when this seems helpful to proper interpretation. We’re talking about concepts. You’re doing what the world dictates. that we should walk in them--not "be saved" by them. If you’re a Christian, you are already seated in the heavenlies. 21. Register. He doesn’t withhold anything, anything at all. I always think of the junior teacher who had a little kid and he was teaching about the creative power of God, and God made this and God made this and God made us and so forth. The "prophets" are joined with them closely; for the expression is here not "foundations of the apostles and the prophets," but "foundations of the apostles and prophets." Dr. MacArthur writes with that one purpose in mind. Salvation is from sin, by love, into life, with purpose. You don’t know what’s really going on behind the golden arches. And then it’s sex. Nothing else matters, the law is satisfied. Let me show it to you another way. Sin is coming short of glorifying God. The glory. – “let him go.” The guy can’t live the rest of his life in those grave clothes. In other words, this is point two, to understand the power of God look at the resurrection of Christ and his exaltation. The costly foundation-stones of the temple ( 1 Kings 5:17 ) typified the same truth (compare Jeremiah 51:26 ). We are God's masterpiece, and he has designed from before eternity to conform us to Christ, to mold us unto good works. “It’s not of works lest any man should boast.” It’s of faith. The oneness of "the Spirit," through which we both have our access, is necessarily followed by oneness of the body, the Church ( Ephesians 2:16 ). Paul and his Jewish countrymen, though outwardly more seemly than the Gentiles ( Acts 26:4 Acts 26:5 Acts 26:18 ), had been essentially like them in living to the unrenewed flesh, without the Spirit of God. Paul here joins himself in the same category with them, passing from the second person ( Ephesians 2:1 Ephesians 2:2 ) to the first person here. The redemption of the body. The apostle Paul is very concerned that we understand that as Christians we are possessors of the power of God, all right. It’s believing, just believing, just accepting, taking the gift. Dec 15, 1985. sometimes--Greek, "aforetime." . So salvation is from sin, by love, into life. When he gets all done pouring out all his grace on you, he just holds you up, Ephesians 3:10 says, and shows you off to the angels and says to the angels, “Now do you see what a wonderful gracious God I am.” And all the angels sing the halleluiah chorus, and in the end he gets what? Well some people see it as the atmosphere, the first heaven around the earth, the atmosphere. I lie in the first place because in my heart – what? And you don’t reach the standard which is the glory of God. And you don’t live a perfect life. And to the desires of the flesh, that’s thelēma. Humanism that’s do your own thing, do it your way. unto good works--"for good works." dead--spiritually. It is not a because of; it is an in. They viewed them as uncircumcised dogs. Secondly, to understand the power of God, look at your resurrection and your exaltation. It is that you fail, Matthew 5:48 where Jesus said, “Be ye perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect,” and that’s where we fail, right? That’s what he says. Look with me, would you, at the second chapter of the letter to the Ephesians, Ephesians chapter 2. Look at verse 4, “But God.” Oh, I love that. “But God.” Great words, huh? MacArthur’s pulpit ministry extends around the globe through his media ministry, Grace to … The sense of the context, too, suits this: Ye were once aliens from the commonwealth of Israel (in the time of her Old Testament prophets), but now ye are members of the true Israel, built upon the foundation of her New Testament apostles and Old Testament prophets. What he was, what he is, what he will be as salvation takes place. Now the general outline of this text is that he presents salvation in three tenses: Past, verses 1-3, present, verses 4-6 and 8 and 9, and future, verses 7 and 10. And by the way, the opposite of being in Christ is being in trespasses and sin. Now that’s a bad situation, wouldn’t you say? These passages imply, I think, that the New Testament prophets are not excluded; but the apostle's plain reference to Psalms 118:22 , "the head stone of the corner," proves that the Old Testament prophets are a prominent thought. Look at it, verse 1: “Dead in trespasses and sins.” Functioning in the area of sin, functioning in the area of trespass. without God--Greek, "atheists," that is, they had not "God" in the sense we use the word, the Eternal Being who made and governs all things (compare Acts 14:15 , "Turn from these vanities unto the living God who made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things therein"), whereas the Jews had distinct ideas of God and immortality. . The expression, "alienated from," takes it for granted that the Gentiles, before they had apostatized from the primitive truth, had been sharers in light and life (compare Ephesians 4:18 Ephesians 4:23 ). for--that is, "because of His great love." Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. That’s the only way. They disobey the Gospel both in faith and practice ( 2 Thessalonians 1:8 , 2 Corinthians 2:12 ). . . of God--THE FATHER; as JESUS CHRIST appears in Ephesians 2:20 , and THE SPIRIT in Ephesians 2:22 . You can’t mean it’s too late.” “Yes, it’s too late,” he said. Because John 15:8 says, “Herein is my Father glorified that you bear much fruit.” When God saves you, he wants to see in your life good works, because that manifests his power. Physical death is an inability to respond. It’s all the same stuff. It would be as if the whole congregation from grace all lined up on the Pacific Ocean and said, “We’re gonna have a jump-off, folks. In other words, now listen to this, we all understand that a robber is a sinner and a murderer is a sinner and a rapist is a sinner and a liar is a sinner and so forth and so forth and so forth. Wouldn’t it be funny if there was an unlucky lane with a hole in it every day and somebody just went through you know? He is conducting himself in complete harmony with the spirit of the age; the Germans called it the zeitgeist, the spirit of the times. 13. now--in contrast to "at that time" ( Ephesians 2:12 ). You say, “What does it mean to be alienated from the life of God, dead to God?” The best way to see it is in reference to physical death. The same stone is at once the corner-stone and the foundation-stone on which the whole building rests. The conjunction of both with God, Ephesians 2:15-18. The in here in the Greek is what is called a locative of sphere. You got that? The point is it’s what you don’t do, and you don’t live a holy life. That’s why we only know that in Jesus Christ when his righteousness is given to us by God. And finally, in frustration the teacher said, “Who made you?” And the little guy said, “God did, but he ain’t done yet.” And none of us is done yet, but the shaping is going on and the good works are part of it. And I asked her if she had tried to revive the baby and she said, “Yes, yes.” And she picked up the baby and she caressed the baby to her breast and loved it and kissed it and cried tears all over its little head, but there was absolutely no response. And I thought to myself, “You know I’m sure that in terms of human relationships the very strongest stimulus there is is the love of a mother for a little infant.” If that mother can’t get a response out of that little infant, that’s death, physical death, the inability to respond. In Ephesians 1:7 , where the blood is more directly spoken of as the instrument, it is "through His blood" [ALFORD]. And it’s not of works, because if it was we would all do what? thereby--Greek, "therein"; "in" or "by the cross," that is, His crucifixion ( Colossians 2:15 ). There is no capacity for a response. And he does it, his power. A famous actor was there and everybody was asking him to recite famous pieces and he had an unlimited repertoire and he kept doing it. You don’t need somebody to prove to you the power of God, the exceeding greatness of his power toward us! We are not saved by, but created unto, good works. We have killed his Son and continue to do so in rejection and open defiance and not believing in him. It has no more interest in me, has absolutely no more concern, it’s over. Acts 26:23 is strictly parallel; after His resurrection "He showed light to the people ('them that were nigh') and to the Gentiles ('you that were afar off')," by His Spirit in His ministers (compare 1 Peter 3:19 ). When God raised you from the dead, he didn’t leave you in the cemetery. We are not dead because of sin. Man’s trouble is not that he can’t make meaningful relationships. And man is disobedient to God because he’s a death walker locked into a sphere where he can’t respond obediently. Tears came down the cheeks of the people, and the actor turned to him and said, “Sir, I see the difference. And in Luke 11:13, Jesus said this: “If ye then being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask?” In other words, he says, “You know there are people who give good gifts to their children.” “What kind of people are those, Lord?” Evil. He was crying and he said, “Are you the reverend? And we’re gonna discuss what it means to come alive in Christ, what it really means to be saved, what it is to be a Christian. It does not mean – when we saw a person is a sinner, it does not mean that they’re all the same level of vile, rotten, degraded, corrupt, decaying sinners. And when he finished, there wasn’t any applause but there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. This beautiful letter tells Christians of their great riches, inheritance, and fullness in Jesus Christ and in His church. All rights reserved. and to them--The oldest manuscripts insert "peace" again: "And peace to them." It’s not of works. Ephesians 1:1, Ephesians 1:2. We’re gonna see who can jump to Catalina. The physical part is easier.” You see he’s trying to show you that you can have confidence in God's power. And then the old preacher got up with his gravel voice after years of shouting and preaching and not too good of diction and not such hot intonation, he went through the 23rd Psalm. 18. Listen, who is the true Christian? Here comes the power that’s gonna raise us out of this death, turning the zombie into a new creation full of life, eternal life. Further, he says in chapter 2, “It is the power that raised you from the dead and lifted you to the exaltation of the sons of God to sit you at the right hand of God with Christ.”. Now you say, “But hamartia in the sense of missing the mark, what do you mean by that?” Now watch. You don’t miss anything. It is to tell you that you’re it, man. Jesus put the two concepts together, physical death and spiritual death together in the eighth chapter of Matthew when he called a certain man to be his disciple and follow him and the man said, “Well I’ll follow you, but first let me go home and bury my father.” And Jesus said in Matthew 8:22, “Let the dead bury their dead.” And he put them both together, “Let the spiritually dead bury the physically dead. And so he not only raised me from the dead but he raised me to his hand, his right hand. Disobedience. Past tense, it’s already done. If in your Bible it’s italicized, that’s meaning it’s added. It’s the stuff the system’s selling, and the death walker doesn’t have any place else to go, so he buys whatever it’s selling, so he does whatever the society does, and it just perpetuates the society like a snowball. Do you realize how dead you were in verses 1-3? But if you’ll look with me at Ephesians 2:1-10 it ought to eliminate any doubt and any question, 'cause it’s here. You say, “Well what environment is he functioning in? But that is not what we learn in Ephesians, is it? It was turning a funny kind of a blue color, and there was absolutely no breath at all. You’re alive, and your life is in heaven hid with Christ and God. That means drives, where you have a passion that turns to a drive. Compare Deuteronomy 32:20 , "children in whom is no faith" ( Isaiah 30:9 , 57:4 ). The moment you’ve saved, the ages to come begin. "Original sin (birth-sin), standeth not in the following of Adam, but is the fault and corruption of the nature of every man, naturally engendered of Adam [Christ was supernaturally conceived by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin], whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness, and is of his own nature inclined to evil; and therefore, in every person born into this world, it deserveth God's wrath and damnation." That’s total depravity. It’s manifest in what they don’t do and can’t do, and that is to reach the standard of the glory of God. all--Jews and Gentiles. It’s the world of ideas, sinful ideas. covenants of promise--rather, ". lest--rather, as Greek, "that no man should boast" ( Romans 3:27 , 4:2 ). You became the possessor of the common eternal life. I don’t deserve it.” Yes, you’re right, neither do I. And then he did a second miracle of ascension and exaltation. - … He’s a sitting duck. Gentiles in the flesh--that is, Gentiles in respect to circumcision. The Bible says that it is what comes out of a man that defiles the man. Spiritually that’s already happened. Commentary on Ephesians 2:1-10 View Bible Text . This is the real true biblical definition of sin. He is a death-walking zombie manifesting at total inability to accomplish God's standard, even though from time to time he manifests some moral goodness. Sinners do the same.” Jesus said, “Sinners do good to each other.” That’s right. And now all of a sudden, “For by grace you’re saved through faith.” It isn’t of you at all. You are the one. God, by His Spirit in believers, has them for His habitation ( 1 Corinthians 3:16 1 Corinthians 3:17 , 6:19 , 2 Corinthians 6:16 ). You can have all kinds of people who claim to be saved and claim to be born again and claim to be Christians, and you can look and do you see in their life good works being produced by the power of God, to the glory of God? making peace--primarily between all and God, secondarily between Jews and Gentiles; He being "our peace." If you breathe spiritually, it’s because God slapped you on the back. I’m a wonderful father, love my wife, love my kids, take care of things. quickened--"vivified" spiritually, and consequences hereafter, corporally. . We would. I remember when I was speaking to a group of movie people, actors and actresses in Hollywood one time, and I presented Jesus Christ to this handsome, strikingly-handsome, dark-complexion man from India who was an actor, a young actor. And I got all finished and he came up to me and he said, “I am a Muslim, but what you have said has intrigued me and I would like to have Jesus Christ.” And I thought, “Boy, that’s fabulous because you don’t have Muslims do that very often.” So we went off in a little side room at the hotel where it was happening and I presented Christ to him, and he prayed a little prayer and he invited Jesus Christ into his life. More money, more goodies, more things.” And we’re all so victimized we can’t even help ourselves in that area. Doesn’t yours? The phrase, "children of wrath," is a Hebraism, that is, objects of God's wrath from childhood, in our natural state, as being born in the sin which God hates. 20. made us sit together--with Christ, namely, in His ascension. Imagine if I were driving in the neighborhood where I live and a little child was in the street and I was driving too fast or something and foolishly killed that little child. Billboards, signs, everywhere, it’s all over the place. You’re the king. Paul shows that even the Jews, who boasted of their birth from Abraham, were by natural birth equally children of wrath as the Gentiles, whom the Jews despised on account of their birth from idolaters ( Romans 3:9 , 5:12-14 ). That really delineates it, and it makes Paul’s first point, you are a sinner and you are dead. kindness--"benignity." Now let’s look at it, and as we examine this, verses 1-10, I want you to see six aspects of salvation. Scripture: Ephesians 2:1–3. The image of a building is appropriate also to the Jew-Christians; as the temple at Jerusalem was the stronghold of Judaism; as Diana's temple, of paganism. It’s all right there, but we’ll skip it because it picks up later in the text. “You are to be filled with good works,” Paul said. I always think of it this way. And why? groweth--"is growing" continually. in trespasses . Now the word cosmos here doesn’t speak of a physical world. That power you saw it when you were saved, and you see it every day as you live under his pressure to conform to Christ. 22. are builded together--Translate, "are being builded together." He gives you everything through Jesus Christ. The world of death walkers has an atmosphere generated by the archōn of that atmosphere, none other than Satan. When we look upon a corpse, it gives an awful feeling. It is a location, a position. Isn’t that amazing? You’ve been transformed out of this world. Verses 1-23. – “glory of God.” Sin is a failure to glorify God. our conversation--"our way of life" ( 2 Corinthians 1:12 , 1 Peter 1:18 ). It doesn’t matter what the stimulus is, no physically-dead individual ever reacts to any stimulus. And the air is the same thing. slain the enmity--namely, that had been between man and God; and so that between Jew and Gentile which had resulted from it. In whom--as holding together the whole. foreigners--rather, "sojourners"; opposed to "members of the household," as "strangers" is to "fellow citizens." of built up a spiritual house." And you--"You also," among those who have experienced His mighty power in enabling them to believe ( Ephesians 1:19-23 ). And the former part of the one, concerning abolishing the enmity, answers the former part of the other; the latter part of the one, concerning the evangelical decrees, the latter part of the other. First Timothy 5:6 Paul said, “She that lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.” It’s a case of going through a zombie-like activity. That’s his point. But if we viewed things aright, we should be far more affected by the thought of a dead soul, a lost, fallen spirit. Compare also Isaiah 28:16 ; another prophet present to the mind of Paul, which prophecy leans on the earlier one of Jacob ( Genesis 49:24 ). 12 sessions.. Now what do you mean by being in the heavenlies, you say. Having their portion and their all in this godless vain world ( Psalms 17:14 ), from which Christ delivers His people ( John 15:19 , 17:14 , Galatians 1:4 ). And soon the ambulance arrived, and they were unable to do anything. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. That’s living. It is the power with which he raised Christ from the dead and set him at the right hand. When they knew God, they what? There are different levels of attainment in human life. And he reaches out to love those of us who are dead in sin. Have I been exalted?” Yes. What about the little boy’s mother? Not merely "ye are being saved," but ye "are passed from death unto life" ( John 5:24 ). Hence there was a twofold wall of partition, one the inner wall, severing the Jewish people from entrance to the holy part of the temple where the priests officiated, the other the outer wall, separating the Gentile proselytes from access to the court of the Jews (compare Ezekiel 44:7 , Acts 21:28 ). You can see it around you. Listen, nobody would ever deny that and that’s very wonderful; I mean that’s a good way to be. Understanding what you have in Jesus Christ is really essential. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. So also pantheists are atheists, for an impersonal God is NO GOD, and an ideal immortality no immortality [THOLUCK]. As the term "wall" implies the strength of the partition, so "fence" implies that it was easily removed by God when the due time came. In fact, hell will be loaded with people who did all of those. Materialism says, “You gotta have it. . Do you know why God saved you? Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Ephesians 2:1-10. 16. Christ has in, or by, His crucified flesh, abolished it, so far as its condemning and enmity-creating power is concerned ( Colossians 2:14 ), substituting for it the law of love, which is the everlasting spirit of the law, and which flows from the realization in the soul of His love in His death for us. And it’s amazing you know when we have sinned because we’ve even sinned against his love. When Lazarus came out of the grave, he was alive, and then what did Jesus say? There’s no works involved in it, because if there was you would boast, and God wants to boast, not you. But under that general thrust, I want you to see six aspects of salvation, and these are the six. David is called a "prophet" in Acts 2:30 . Boy, he’s a terrific person.” It has nothing to do with us; it’s his love. "Mercy takes away misery; love confers salvation" [BENGEL]. So don’t ever think you don’t have any resources. They’re basically two ways of looking at the same thing, and it’s just that God uses two words and both of them in the plural to show the totality of sinfulness that is the result of deadness. This was the special ground of God's saving us; as "rich in mercy" (compare Ephesians 2:7 , 1:7 , Romans 2:4 , 10:12 ) was the general ground. And then there’s materialism. If you’re a Christian, this is your past. First thing he says, “You are not only dead before you’re a Christian, but you are functioning as a death walker doing sins and trespasses according to the course of the world.” In other words, you are a victim of the spirit of the age. There’s only one way I could ever have a relationship with her, and that would be if she offered me unconditional and free what? Ephesians MacArthur New Testament Commentary. That’s humanism. Secondly, by love, by love. You can’t say, “Well I’m all right because I do good to people.” That isn’t the point. We have the kephalē, the head Christ. His body is alive, but his inner man spiritually speaking is dead. Now the same thing is true in terms of the spiritual. 8. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. The completed registration allows us to send order and donation receipts to the email address you provided. Draw them into the prayer room, Father, and bring us back together again tonight with excitement in our hearts as we worship and share in the baptism and the communion. in Christ Jesus--"Jesus" is here added, whereas the expression before ( Ephesians 2:12 ) had been merely "Christ," to mark that they know Christ as the personal Saviour, "Jesus." Ephesians 6:13-18 The Armor of the Christian (Part 2) JOHANN A BENGEL Commentary on Ephesians Gnomon of the New Testament. No self-congratulations. You see there’s only one way I could ever have a relationship with her. NET RSV ASV YLT DBY ... Ephesians (No. ) They shook the dust off thei… We’re talking about an attitude. And may all of us be more grateful and more cognizant of the tremendous power already exhibited in our lives. Three things would classify it to me. The CONJECTURES of heathen philosophers as to a future life were at best vague and utterly unsatisfactory. You’re the boss. Compare Article IX, Church of England Common Prayer Book. the law of commandments contained in--Greek, "the law of the commandments (consisting) in ordinances." They’re in harmony with each other. You see man’s trouble is not that he’s out of harmony with his environment. Ephesians 2:1-22 . A lot of people who know the extremities and the externals, but knowing the Christ of God means to be alive, and that’s the message Paul wants to give. And then he opened his eyes and looked at me and said, “And now isn’t it wonderful I have Jesus and Mohammed.” And I said, “I don’t think you understand. "Of yourselves" stands in opposition to, "it is the gift of God" ( Philippians 1:29 ). It’s the spirit of the age. No religion of human achievement. It is resurrection power. John MacArthur. The plural implies the several renewals of the covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and with the whole people at Sinai [ALFORD]. 10. workmanship--literally, "a thing of His making"; "handiwork." Love is gracious.” God is love, and love wants to be kind and gracious. And that’s a great miracle, people, and God has already released his power, if you’re a Christian, in your life to do that in the past. – “love.” And Paul says, “Love is kind. He is driven to fulfill the desires of the flesh and the mind, and by the way, the flesh refers to his fallen nature, his humanness, his alienated soul without God. "Nature," in Greek, implies that which has grown in us as the peculiarity of our being, growing with our growth, and strengthening with our strength, as distinguished from that which has been wrought on us by mere external influences: what is inherent, not acquired ( Job 14:4 , Psalms 51:5 ). There are different levels of morality and so forth, but nobody gets to the glory of God and nobody gets to perfection and nobody gets to holiness. Therefore, if he gets glory by pouring out grace on you, he’ll do it. There are the works of the flesh in Galatians 5:19-21. Do you mean you’re in heaven? John 16:8, John 16:8. From sin, by love, into life, with purpose, through faith. It’s all finished, tetelestai on the cross, it’s finished! What does it mean to be really born again? It’s not that complicated! 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