Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Discover Together Ephesians: Sit and Work, Eph. 2:1-10

Edwards reminds us that what we see here is by no means all of reality. In this earthly realm we see people and things. There are believers and unbelievers. There is an unseen realm above, however, where angels and demons dwell. There is a battle for the souls of humans raging in that realm. But there is an even higher realm, so to speak, where God is. Jesus is seated there and we in Him (Eph.2:6). And so, Edwards says, we are not subject to the angelic realm because we are above them.

I am in awe that God would bring me to sit in the heavenly realm in Christ Jesus. And why has He done that? So He can show off the incomparable riches of His grace! (Eph. 2:7) Not because of anything I did. It is totally His kindness, His grace.

There is more to life than being seated above the angelic beings. There is more for us to do than just bask in God's grace and kindness. We have been crafted a certain way – a piece of handiwork – to do something. Each of us is unique in design so that we can do what no one else can. And so we do what God has designed us to do, good works. We don't do these good works to earn our salvation! No. We do these good works because of our salvation.

So how has God designed you? What good works have you been uniquely created to do?

Watch the Lesson 3 video by Sue Edwards here.

You find out more about the study series at www.discovertogetherseries.com and see the video clips at www.discoveryseries.net. You can follow the discussion on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DiscoverTogetherSeries.

See my comments on the Introduction, Lesson One, and Lesson Two.

Sue Edwards is an associate professor of Christian education at Dallas Theological Seminary. She brings over thirty years of experience to the classroom as a Bible teacher, curriculum writer, and overseer of several women's ministries. She is the author or co-author of several books. She has a D.Min. From Gordon-Conwell theological Seminary and a master's in Bible from Dallas Theological Seminary. She and her husband have been married for forty years, have two married daughters and five grandchildren.

Kregel Publications, 127 pages. See the publisher's product page for more information about the book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Open Book Promotion for the purpose of blogging this study.


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