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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Overwhelming Grace

A group of guys is starting a study of Ephesians this week.  We are doing the overview this week.  In preparation for the study I have been reading through Ephesians multiple times, twice this afternoon.  I use the book quite a bit.  Especially 6:10 – 20, I speak on that section during the Father and Son retreats.  Based on my records the last time I studied the book as a whole was 2007.
The Grace of God toward us is overwhelmingly overwhelming - He came after us when we were helpless, drowning in sin, and unable to respond.  He saved us in spite of ourselves.
This time through I have been overwhelmed by the magnitude of God’s grace toward us.  Ephesians was written after Romans and before Colossians.  Ephesians 1 and 2 seem to be and expansion of the thought Paul shared in Romans 5:6 – 11.  Summarizing the points:
  • We were dead, helpless in our sins
  • God chose to call us out of that sin
  • He gave us the faith to respond to Him
  • He raised us in Christ
  • He seated us in Christ in the heavenly places
Those are just a few of the statements made in Romans 5:6 – 11 and Ephesians 1 and 2.  Spend some time looking at what God has done on His initiative for you.  Look for the theme of His plan and purpose.  You too will be overwhelmed.


  1. He chose to call us. He gave us faith.
    Who is us?

  2. Great question. How does Ephesians answer that question? What is the antecedent of the pronoun in the text?