Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Year 8, Day 143: Ephesians 2

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Today’s chapter is largely about one significant word: adoption.  The author of Ephesians reminds us that we are saved by grace.  It isn’t our works that saves us.  It isn’t our pedigree.  It is God’s grace that works through faith.  We are saved by grace in faith.

This leads us to the idea of adoption.  We cannot come to God on our own.  He comes to us and adopts us.  He comes to us because it is the only way it can be done.  He comes to us to bring us into His family.  He extends relationship.  He extends belonging.

The reality is that this is true of both Jews and Gentiles alike.  Could Abraham save himself?  Could Abraham bring himself to God?  Of course not!  God had to come to Abraham and offer covenant with Abraham.  Yes, Abraham was a man after God’s own heart.  Abraham, however, was still not righteous.  Abraham was a man who needed God to come to Him and offer him relationship.

Every human being who is in God’s family is there by adoption.  We all only come to God at His invitation.  We are all a people of grace.  That should be something that unites us instead of divides us.  It is Christ who is the foundation of the relationship that binds us to God and each other.