Paul On God's Grace


Amazing grace

EPHESIANS 2:1-10

What We Were

Once you were dead, doomed forever because of your many sins. You used to live just like the rest of the world, full of sin, obeying satan, the mighty prince of the power of the air. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.All of us used to live that way, following the passions and desires of our evil nature.We were born with an evil nature, and we were under God’s anger just like everyone else.

What We Are

But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so very much, that even while we were dead (spiritually) because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace / special favour that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ, and we are seated with him in the heavenly realms—all because we are one with Christ Jesus. And so God can always point to us as examples of the incredible wealth of his favour and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us through Christ Jesus. God saved you by his grace / special favour when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

What We Are To Be

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Questions

Q1  What were we before we experienced God’s grace?
Q2  What has God’s grace done for us in Christ?
Q3  What is God’s purpose in pouring out his grace on us?
Q4  What is meant by "the grace of God"?
Q5  In what ways have you experienced God’s grace and mercy in your life? 

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