Ephesians 2: Peace in Uncertainty
There is so much uncertainty in this world. We ask who we are, what we are doing here, and where we are going, but the world does not provide answers. Only when we grasp who and whose we are can we have peace in uncertainty. Our identity in Christ is secure, and God gives us significance, security, and satisfaction in life in a world that gives us none.
The Gift of Salvation
God knows what we need, so why do we turn to the world for everything we need? The world is often too much with us, distracting us from the fact that Christ is the only One who can save us, and He has brought us from death to life. Only when He is at the center of our lives will we have significance, security, and satisfaction.
Without Christ, we were bound for wrath. God had to take us out of the family of Adam—a line bound for death—and put us into His own family. We were dead in our trespasses (Ephesians 2:1). But God chose to make us alive in Him because of His great love and mercy, giving us everything we need.
God has given us the gift of salvation, and He is molding us in the image of Christ. This is purely a gift—it is not due to anything we have done. This ought to give us security in the midst of an uncertain world, because He knows us fully and still chose to save us.
Peace in Uncertainty
To have peace in uncertainty, we need to dwell on the truth God has given us. Philippians 4:6–8 is a transformative passage that makes this clear:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
We are to dwell on the truth in Scripture, spending more time in the Word than in the world. But how many of us listen constantly to the news instead of dwelling in the Word? If we find our truth only in the news, we will feel insecure. But if we rightly put Christ at the center of our lives and place our trust in Him, thinking His thoughts after Him, we will have peace.
Fullness of Fellowship
Not only will we have peace in uncertainty when Christ is at the center of our lives, but we will also have fullness of fellowship with Him and with one another. In the past, there was a veil separating the Most Holy Place from the rest of the Temple. But when Christ died, He tore that down. He has made a way for us to be with Him.
When Christ died, He also united all believers in Him—male and female, Jew and Gentile. Together, we are part of God’s household, being built up in Him.
This teaching is based on Ken Boa’s Handbook to Scripture.
Want to dig deeper into Ephesians? Watch Ken Boa’s Walk Like a Child of God study on Ephesians.
Ephesians 2: Peace in Uncertainty
This content on the reliability of the Bible was originally printed in Decision Magazine. False Impressions “I don’t want to take a bath—I’m clean enough!” My impassioned protests as a six-year-old at bedtime were quickly rebuffed by this powerful tool from my parents’ arsenal of guilt-inducing mottoes: “The Bible says that cleanliness is next to godliness!” […]