My beautiful, smart, spirit-filled wife wrapped up Galatians yesterday and today begins our study of the next letter in the New Testament: Ephesians. This is an amazing letter and I can’t wait to spend some time in this Word with you. I am continuing to share the new tracks from Sidewalk Prophets amazing album, and again, this song pairs perfectly with today’s devotion.
1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:1-5)
What a beautiful blessing we had from the last six days as my wife tackled Galatians! Now we look at Ephesians, a very short letter, but what it lacks in length, it easily makes up in the depth of its prose. As you will see in your reading today, Ephesians 1 follows Paul’s signature greeting and I could have easily quoted most of chapter 1 for us to look at, but I wanted to start with these verses from Chapter 2. Here we see Paul reminding us that we are all dead in transgressions and sins as we live for “the ruler of the kingdom of the air,” which Paul is referring to satan and his rule over Earth. In the time Paul wrote this letter, he knows that many are living sinful lives and God could have easily taken His wrath out on the human population like in the past: flooding the Earth, raining meteors down on corrupt cities. But in this moment of our history, God chose to send Jesus to live among us and set us all free. Since then the story has changed. After Jesus redeemed humanity for all our sins, the prophets, who hear from God, wrote and spoke much more of the love and forgiveness of our Heavenly Father.
But even the Old Testament was full of the love and forgiveness of God. Mankind has just spent their time focusing on the laws and wrath of God, instead of setting their eyes on the grace and love. That is why Jesus came to earth, so that we might be made alive in Him, and saved through His amazing grace.
Reading plan: Ephesians 1
Deeper reading plan: Song of Songs 6, 7
Prayer and meditation: Pray for our country. Pray for love to conquer all. Pray that Christ infects our hearts and ignites a final fire of revival to sweep this land.
Fitness challenge: Sprint day. Ladder Work!
½ mile warm-up
100, 200, 300, 400, 600, 400, 300, 200, 100
½ mile cool-down