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Grace > Guilt

 

 Ephesians 2:1-10

Grace transcends your past by creating a new you who lives a new life. 

Grace is Greater than Guilt Because… 

Grace Gets You Past Your Past (2:1-5) 

The consequence of your “trespasses” (crossing the line) and “sins” (missing the mark) is your guilt that makes you spiritually “dead” (2:1; Rms. 3:23).

“If God is dead, then everything is permitted.”-Fyodor Dostoevsky

When you are dead you pursue life through conformity “to this world,” submission to “the ruler” who permeates “the air” while embracing a spirit of “disobedient” rebellion (2:2).

“The whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”-1 John 5:19

Your “flesh” possesses “cravings” which when you give in to them cause you to “indulge” in what you want and how you think (2:3).

“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these.”-Galatians 5:19-20

Because of your “nature” that causes you to not understand your actions as you do the very thing you hate you live in guilt (2:3; Eph. 2:3; Rms. 7:15).

Grace streamlines God’s “great love” and “rich mercy” into a resurrecting intervention that makes you “alive with Christ” (2:4-5).

How to Receive Greater Grace…

1) Realize You are the Walking Dead

You can be alive in this world but dead to who God is and what God wants.

“Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds, They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.”-Ephesians 4:17-19

2) Say “No” So You Can Say “Yes”

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘no’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age...”-Titus 2:11-12

Repentance is when you reject your flesh and the world by believing in the salvation Jesus offers to everyone.

Grace is Greater than Guilt Because…

Grace Makes You a Trophy of Grace (2:6-9)

Jesus’ resurrection and ascension is your resurrection and ascension into the heavenly realms so you live in light of who you are now and not who you were (2:6).

“We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”-Romans 6:4

Your past does not exclude you but includes you because God wants to “display the surpassing riches of his grace” through you as a grace trophy (2:7).

“Grace” is not earned through “works” but experienced “through faith” (2:8-9).

“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel...”-2 Timothy 1:9-10

How to Receive Greater Grace…

1) Choose Life Over Death

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”-Jesus in John 11:25-26

Jesus gives you a transcendant resurrection life with the promise you will never die. 

2) Stop Earning and Start Believing

“For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.”-Romans 6:14

You will never get past the guilt of your past until you stop trying to earn your way into grace.

Grace is Greater than Guilt Because… 

Grace Creates a New You and a New Life (2:10)

Grace makes you a unique work of God-his “workmanship”-who is distinctively designed by God to live for God (2:10).

Grace changes who you are and consequently how you live (2:10; Rms. 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12:4-31; 1 Tim. 4:14).

Before there was you, God wanted to do something so he created you to do it (2:10).

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.”-Romans 12:6

How to Receive Greater Grace...

1) Choose Your Destiny Over Your History

“Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation...”-Acts 13:36

Your life experiences like failure, divorce, and addiction do not disqualify you but qualify you for service to Jesus (2 Cor. 1:3-5; Gal. 6:2).

2) Discover and Implement Your Grace Gift

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace...”-1 Peter 4:10

The new you living your new life in Jesus makes you a conduit of God’s grace to make others disciples of Jesus. 

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