Saturdays Through Ephesians

For me and my family, Saturdays are for rest and the Word of God.  For a time, I am dwelling in Ephesians, so I thought I would invite you along.  What you will read is my translation, which like Eugene Peterson’s translation, reads more like a paraphrase than a literal interpretation.  So, with that in mind, here’s hoping that Saturdays through Ephesians gives us both rest in a restless age.

 

Ephesians 2.1-10

And you.  You were dead in trespasses and in your sins.  In them you once tromped around charting your course off of a human made map, which is at some level inevitably linked with the powerful ruler of the spiritual air.  He is now at work in disobedient sons and daughters.  We have all been there before, captive to the passions of our weak flesh, doing the will of our weakness all out of our impulses.

And like the rest, we were children whose nature deserved wrath.

But God, exerting his wealth, made a life for us together with Christ.  He did it out of his great love, which he put into action for us.  He made a life for us, because we were dead in our transgressions.  Do you realize it? You are being saved by grace.

God did some resurrecting and made arrangements for us to sit in the heavens with Christ Jesus.  God did all this so that in the ages to come you might have a seat to glimpse the great richness of his grace in Christ Jesus, in kindness to us.

For you are being saved by grace through faith.

And this is not out of your own ability.  It is a gift from God.  This is not out of your own works, so that a person could not boast in himself.

We are what God made us to be: creatures molded after Christ Jesus.  We do the good things that God prepared, and we tromp around saturated in them.

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