Posted March 1, 2010
Let us turn our hearts of study again to the book of Ephesians and the word 'together'. The word means to bring two warring parties together, make peace, and then make them one. The title of our study is 'When Two Become One' I am looking at 2:1-5 and the 'Resurrection Of Gathering Together'. The text says, 'He has quickened us who were a corpse and brought us to life in Christ.'
This week I will share the last thought on Resurrection before we move on to another time 'together' is mentioned. Let us see the 'Power Of Salvation In Becoming The Resurrection'. In verses 1 and 5 I find 'A Comparative In The Becoming'. We have all seen the makeover programs where they show a before and after picture. Our first response in this situation is WOW. In verse 1 we have the 'before' picture of a dead corpse. This is what we were before God saved us. I know of nothing any more uninviting than a dead corpse. In verse 5 we have the 'after' picture which is a brought to life saint living in Christ. About the only thing I can think to say is WOW!
In verse 5 I find the 'Charis In Becoming Salvation'. The word 'Charis' is the Greek word for grace. We name girls a similar name and we spell it Karis. It is the word that means grace.
I have in my lifetime come across numerous definitions for the word 'grace'. One is God's unmerited favor. Another is God giving us what we do not deserve. The third one I heard is any movement of God towards man. A fourth is God's riches at Christ' expense which encompasses all the letters in grace by an acrostic design. The fifth and greatest definition is found in II Corinthians 8:9. "And ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich."
When we arrive in heaven there will be no more mercy. Mercy is God's withholding from us what we deserve. Once inside those gates He will never need to withhold from us anything. In verse 7 we are told that in the ages to come He will 'shew' to us the exceeding riches of His grace. There are two words translated 'shew' in the Bible. Satan uses one in the temptation story. Satan said to Christ that he would shew Him all his kingdom. The word here means 'in a brief moment of time'. Satan can shew you all he has in a second. The word 'shew' in our text means to turn the page of an endless novel and never reach the end of the story about the riches of His grace. Do remember it is all about 'Two Becoming One'.