Ephesians 2 Outline
– Dying to ours ins and becoming alive in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:1-10)
– Gentiles and Jews are united in Christ (Ephesians 2:11-22)
Ephesians 2 Bible Study
In Ephesians 2:1-3, the wages of sin is death. In the past, we sinned by following the ways of our own thoughts and fleshly desire. We used to depend on our own strength and give in to our fleshly desires. After we accepted Jesus as the Lord of our lives, we are now ruled by God. Anyone who sin and disobey God are under the control of Satan. If Jesus didn’t die on the cross for our lives, we wouldn’t have been able to inherit eternal life with Jesus.
In Ephesians 2:4-10, the Father God loves us very much, just like a father loves his children. God was willing to send his own son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins. Through believing and accepting Jesus as your savior, we become a new creation. By dying to our sins, we will have new life in Jesus. You must stop condoning to your bad habits and start to live your life for Jesus. Since the beginning of time, God had already decided to send his son Jesus to die for our sins. He made this decision for the good of mankind. Anyone with faith in God can be saved and receive eternal life. Salvation is not something you can earn by obeying the Law of Moses. Rather, it is based on your faith. Therefore, salvation is a gift from God.
In Ephesians 2:11-13, the Jews always like to look down on the Gentiles because they thought they are the only God’s chosen people. During those days, the Jews always like to laugh at the Gentiles uncircumcision. The Jews had to be circumcises when they are at least 8 days ago, as part of the covenant that God made with Abraham. However, after Jesus died on the cross and shed his blood for our sins, we are reconciled with God so that we can have peace in him. The blood is used as atonement for our sins, just like the blood of animal sacrifice is used to cleanse the sins in the Old Testament period.
In Ephesians 2:14-18, Christ’s death on the cross breaks down the walls that separate the Jews and the Gentiles. The blood that Jesus shed on the cross allows everyone on this earth to have equal salvation opportunities as God’s chosen people, the Jews. Because of Jesus’ death, everyone is able to come to the Father. Without Christ, no one can come to the Father or inherit eternal life.
In Ephesians 2:19-22, the blood that Jesus shed on the cross allows the Gentiles to take part in the kingdom of God. In the past, only the Jews can inherit the kingdom of God because they are the chosen ones. After the death of Jesus, the offer of salvation has been given to everyone who has faith in God. Christians are just like a spiritual building. The apostles and prophets are responsible for guiding the parishes and make them grow in Christ. Christ is the most important piece of foundation. Our bodies are just like a temple for God therefore we must take care of it by living a holy life. We must always follow the Holy Spirit guidance so that we can become part of God’s plan. Christ is the baody, which represents the church.