READING: Ephesians 2
Our position in Christ (1–3) lays the foundation for our practice in Christ (4–6). After a prologue, Paul praises the triune God for the work of the Father in choosing us (1:3–6), the Son in redeeming us (1:7–12), and the Spirit for sealing us (1:13–14). This marvelous hymn to God’s grace is followed by a prayer for spiritual illumination in the knowledge of our calling, inheritance, and power (1:15–23). Paul contrasts his readers’ former spiritual condition without Christ with the life and hope that salvation by grace through faith has given them (2:1–10). This redemption includes Jews, yet also extends to Gentiles who previously were “strangers to the covenants of promise” (2:12). In Christ, the two for the first time have become “fellow citizens with the saints” (2:19) and members of one body (2:11–22).
Lord, I thank You that it is by grace that we have been saved through faith; and that not of ourselves, it is a gift from You; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Meditation passage: verses 4–10