Category Archives: Ephesians

The Transcendent, Personal God

So, I seem to always have people wonder about why I try to tie everything that is gospel back to the glory of God. Perhaps this is because of poor communication skills on my part, or maybe it’s because most people weren’t taught Scripture that way as they grew up in church. I honestly don’t think that I was taught that way, now that I think about it. It was all about God being a personal God and dying for our sins and living in our hearts…but it seemed to go from there to changing our behavior and then it just stopped. But the gospel is both about God’s glory and Him being a personal God, and they are inextricably linked.
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Ephesians 2:11-22

As we continue this series, it’s important to remember where we left off. In the last post, we ended saying that

The proper understanding of the gospel should drive us to deep, deep humility and reliance on God (particularly those who claim to be Reformed). As such, this understanding should foster unity among the church.

If you’re new to the blog, you can catch the cliff notes version of Ephesians 2 before you continue reading.
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Cliff Notes Gospel

I know I’ve done a more in depth look at this part of Ephesians, but I feel that some of the core principles may have gotten lost in the intricacies of the text. So, here ya go.
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Ephesians 2:8-10

We ended the last post affirming that God was the active agent in our salvation and that our salvation was primarily for His glory and then our joy in Him.

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Ephesians 2:4-7

So we ended the last blog saying that we are hopeless in and of ourselves, but there is hope. How does that work? How do we who are hopeless in and of ourselves still have hope? The only way that hopeless people can have hope is if someone outside of our hopeless situation extends hope to us. The only way that dead people can come to life is if something supernatural occurs and Someone outside of humanity breathes life into a corpse. This is our Hope.

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