My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those
who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there.
(Indira Gandhi, Bits and Pieces, April 1990, p. 11). … More
The first verse in this “after” section, places the focus squarely where it needs to be – “on God.” Paul mentions both God’s love and God’s mercy, and each are emphasized with adjectives – “great” love and “rich” mercy. And because of those two amazing characteristics of God, two things have happened to us:
We are God’s workmanship created for......All too often we memorize (vv. 8-9) and leave out (v. 10), but then we only get the first part of the thought and miss the rest of what Paul is saying. The first thing to notice is that we are God’s “workmanship”. Works don’t save us – they don’t make us more holy or more spiritual or more important to God. But, works flow naturally out of who we have been made to be by the craftsmanship of God. We are not saved BY works, but FOR works. They are important but they do not earn us salvation. Our works flow out of who we are created to be. They are a RESULT of salvation, not a CAUSE of salvation.
I am so thankful for the way the Lord has worked in me and through me. Now I want to be sensitive to how He wants to work in me and through me in the future.
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Ephesians 1:1-6Our Riches in Christ
Ephesians 1:7-14Redemption For The Believer in Christ
Ephesians 1:15-23Prayer For Knowledge And Power
Ephesians 2:1-3How we Were ’Before’ Salvation
Ephesians 2:4-10How He Works in Us ’After’ Salvation
Ephesians 2:11-13My Position in Christ As a Gentile
Ephesians 2:14-18We Are One Body in Christ
Ephesians 2:19-22Fellowship Needs to Be a Priority
Ephesians 3:1-6Missionary to The Gentiles
Ephesians 3:7-13Mystery of God’s Grace
Ephesians 3:14-21Prayer For God’s Power And Love
Ephesians 4:1-6Spiritual Unity
Ephesians 4:7-16Gifts From The Risen Messiah
Ephesians 4:17-22Walk As a New Person in Christ
Ephesians 4:23-29Be Holy And Not Sinful
Ephesians 4:30-32Grieving God’s Spirit by The Way we Live
Ephesians 5:1-7Who do You Try to Imitate?
Ephesians 5:8-14Walk as Children of Light
Ephesians 5:15-21Evidences Of a Spirit-filled Life
Ephesians 5:22-24Instructions to Wives
Ephesians 5:25-33Instructions to Husbands