“Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. You were called ‘uncircumcised heathens’ by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts. In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ. For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups. Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death. He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us. So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family. Together, we are his house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Through him you Gentiles are also being made part of this dwelling where God lives by his Spirit.” - Ephesians 2

Ephesians chapter two verse eight. "For by grace, you have been saved through faith and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." This is maybe one of the clearest verses in passages, Ephesians chapter two verses one through 10, describing the Gospel and how we can be saved. I would even just real quick give you a quick Gospel acrostics. So think G-O-S-P-E-L based on Ephesians 2.

God’s character: God is holy. He hates sin, and yet he loves to show his salvation. We see his holiness, his love, his grace, his mercy, and his wrath all over this passage, the character of God.

Offense of sin: This passage describes us as dead in our trespasses and sins given over to the passions of our flesh like children of wrath by our very nature. We have offended God in our sins. So, God is holy. We have offended him.

Sufficiency of Christ: God has sent Jesus to do what we could not do, to save us from our sin. His life, his death, his resurrection make salvation possible.

Personal response: How do we respond to this good news of what God has done in Christ? We place our faith in him. By grace you have been saved through faith, not your own doing. Our personal responses, not try to do a bunch of things for God; no, we trust in what God has done for us. We trust in Christ and what he has done for our salvation.

Eternal life/urgency: All of our lives are dependent forever on how we respond to Christ. So, we're provoked to trust in him today, to call other people to trust in him today because life and death, eternal life and everlasting death hang in the balance. Heaven and hell hang in the balance with how we respond to Christ, eternal life, eternal urgency.

Life transformation: We are his workmanship. Verse 10 goes on to say, "Created in Christ Jesus for good works." So, this Gospel changes the way we live, changes every facet of our lives.

G-O-S-P-E-L, God's character, the offense of sin, the sufficiency of Christ, personal response to him, eternal urgency and how we respond to him that then leads to life transformation.

We praise God for the Gospel. We praise Him for saving us by grace through faith. This is a gift from God for which we give Him glory. We pray that God will help us to spread the Gospel; that through each of us, people will grow to trust in Jesus by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Lord God, we pray for life transformation in us that leads to Gospel sharing with those around us. God, we pray that this Gospel would spread through our lives today, this week, through our churches today, this week. We pray that this Gospel would spread around the world particularly to people who have never even heard it. In Jesus' name we praise you for the Gospel, and we pray that you would use our lives for the spread of the Gospel. Amen.
Nov 15 2018