kindness--"benignity." I listen to John MacArthur alot and these commentaries are as if he is speaking to me. 12 sessions.. It doesn’t come to you by communion, keeping the Ten Commandments, living by the Sermon on the Mount, giving to charity, believing in God, being a good neighbor, living a respectable life. As the term "wall" implies the strength of the partition, so "fence" implies that it was easily removed by God when the due time came. And the air is the same thing. All that we have in having Christ is in chapter 1. This law was "the partition" or "fence," which embodied the expression of the "enmity" (the "wrath" of God against our sin, and our enmity to Him, Ephesians 2:3 ) ( Romans 4:15 , 5:20 , Romans 7:10 Romans 7:11 , 8:7 ). The plural implies the several renewals of the covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and with the whole people at Sinai [ALFORD]. You say, “What does it mean to be alienated from the life of God, dead to God?” The best way to see it is in reference to physical death. Christ's ascension seems to have cast Satan out of heaven ( Revelation 12:5 Revelation 12:9 Revelation 12:10 Revelation 12:12 Revelation 12:13 ), where he had been heretofore the accuser of the brethren ( Job 1:6-11 ). Verse 6, “and hath raised us up together and made us sit together in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus.” Now this is so good. Now I want you to notice something. You will find that you will want to lay down this commentary and shout praise to our King for His great salvation in Jesus Christ. Imagine if I were driving in the neighborhood where I live and a little child was in the street and I was driving too fast or something and foolishly killed that little child. Look at verse 10: “For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus,” – watch this – “unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Listen, if God before ordained that you should walk in good works, believe me, he also gave you the power to do that when you were saved. Compare also Galatians 4:8 , "Ye knew not God . The same image in Ephesians 3:18 , recurs in his address to the Ephesian elders ( Acts 20:32 ), and in his Epistle to Timothy at Ephesus ( 1 Timothy 3:15 , 2 Timothy 2:19 ), naturally suggested by the splendid architecture of Diana's temple; the glory of the Christian temple is eternal and real, not mere idolatrous gaud. Are you the reverend?” And I said, “Yes.” He said, “Come, please. What do I do to be saved?” And the man was taking all the tent apart. Salvation is to the Christian not a thing to be waited for hereafter, but already realized ( 1 John 3:14 ). The oneness of "the Spirit," through which we both have our access, is necessarily followed by oneness of the body, the Church ( Ephesians 2:16 ). What God wrought in Christ, He wrought (by the very fact) in all united to Christ, and one with Him. His body is alive, but his inner man spiritually speaking is dead. These good ages, though beginning with the first preaching of the Gospel, and thenceforth continually succeeding one another, are not consummated till the Lord's coming again (compare Ephesians 1:21 , Hebrews 6:5 ). You say, “Well why did he do all this?” Why would God want to make a bunch of cruddy sinners come alive and bring them up to be with him? Here an additional thought is added to the image; the Church has the growth of a living organism, not the mere increase of a building. The issue is the glory of God. So when somebody comes along and says, “Well, I’m sorry if you haven’t had the second work. for--that is, "because of His great love." before ordained--Greek, "before made ready" (compare John 5:36 ). You’re already seated in the heavenlies, is that super? Emphatical. And then it’s sex. GOD'S LOVE AND GRACE IN QUICKENING US, ONCE DEAD, THROUGH CHRIST. John MacArthur. We have not only sinned against his law, we have killed his Son. I talk to the Holy Spirit there. This is the purpose, beloved, you were saved not primarily to keep you out of hell. 1. “Loose him and,” – what? MacArthurâs pulpit ministry extends around the globe through his media ministry, Grace to â¦ A man does not kill and thus he is a murderer. It’s all of God, none of us. And we are dead and that deadness functions in sinfulness. An incidental proof of the doctrine of original sin. The need for reconciliation. (Read Ephesians 2:19-22) The church is compared to a city, and every converted sinner is free of it. Salvation is into life. You are not living to the glory of God. When God raised you from the dead, he didn’t leave you in the cemetery. It’s the stuff the system’s selling, and the death walker doesn’t have any place else to go, so he buys whatever it’s selling, so he does whatever the society does, and it just perpetuates the society like a snowball. He kills because he is a murderer. And he’s floating around in the atmosphere for sure and fighting the holy angels and flying around doing his thing with his demons, but there’s more to it than that. The potency of that "spirit" is shown in the "disobedience" of the former. It’s all the same stuff. You don’t believe that. Three things characterize our age: Humanism, materialism, and sex. You’ve been to enough funerals and so have I to know what physical death is. are--Greek, "have been." That really delineates it, and it makes Paul’s first point, you are a sinner and you are dead. . You were following the course andfashion of this world [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air. What’s wrong?” And she said, “My baby is dead, my baby is dead, my baby’s dead.” And she pointed to the bedroom and I walked in and lying on the bed was a little lifeless baby of about three months. And we are targets for God's wrath, and it is to us that he comes and pours out his love. All alike, people and ministers, can draw nigh to God through Christ, their ever living Priest. You know when Lazarus came out of the grave – I thought of an analogy just now. There are the works of darkness in Romans 13 and Ephesians 5. It speaks more of the ideological world of sin, the conceptual world of evil, the system of Satan, the system which he generates. Mental suggestions and purposes (independent of God), as distinguished from the blind impulses of "the flesh." Every time you pop a lid off a Coca-Cola and drink it, it’s an act of faith. We’re all clued in on that. The repetition implies the joy with which both alike would dwell again and again upon the welcome word "peace." 19. But listen to me, sin has much more to do with what you don’t do than what you do do. 11. . Disobedience. We talk about the world of music, the world of sports, the world of politics. The Greek does not allow "the spirit" to refer to Satan, "the prince" himself, but to "the powers of the air" of which he is prince. Stock No: WW23582. Because they don’t know they’re dead, they’re still going through some motions.” Death walking. Not a coffin. Secondly, to understand the power of God, look at your resurrection and your exaltation. You got that? The only thing that takes place is sort of a judicial act on God's part where he forgives your past sins, and that’s it. Sin is a failure to hit God's target. Salvation is by love. A man shoots his arrow and misses the target. I mean I do civic good, humanitarian good. What happens afterwards? And so we’re looking at that. And now all of a sudden, “For by grace you’re saved through faith.” It isn’t of you at all. We’ll give you the praise and ask that you would bring to yourself those who don’t know you. It would be as if the whole congregation from grace all lined up on the Pacific Ocean and said, “We’re gonna have a jump-off, folks. It is also fatal to the theory of sacerdotal priests in the Gospel through whom alone the people can approach God. The second word paraptōma, the word trespass means to slip or fall or stumble or go the wrong direction. made us sit together--with Christ, namely, in His ascension. Paul wrote to believers who were made alive by Godâs work. What do I do to be saved? After clicking 'Register', you will receive an email with a link to verify your account and to complete your registration. What do I do to be saved? And it’s not of works, because if it was we would all do what? So his own glory is at stake, and he will never diminish his own glory. GDPR is the new European privacy regulation, which will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK and the equivalent legislation across the EU Member States. That’s another story, isn’t it? Sin is really not an issue of what you do but of what you fail to do. Far off from God and from the people of God ( Ephesians 2:17 , Isaiah 57:19 , Acts 2:39 ). God, who is rich--Greek "(as) being rich in mercy." by--Greek, "in." "Original sin (birth-sin), standeth not in the following of Adam, but is the fault and corruption of the nature of every man, naturally engendered of Adam [Christ was supernaturally conceived by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin], whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness, and is of his own nature inclined to evil; and therefore, in every person born into this world, it deserveth God's wrath and damnation." The word sins is interesting. And he turned to him and said, “I’m sorry, it’s too late. Now you say, “But hamartia in the sense of missing the mark, what do you mean by that?” Now watch. Hence there was a twofold wall of partition, one the inner wall, severing the Jewish people from entrance to the holy part of the temple where the priests officiated, the other the outer wall, separating the Gentile proselytes from access to the court of the Jews (compare Ezekiel 44:7 , Acts 21:28 ). Listen, nobody would ever deny that and that’s very wonderful; I mean that’s a good way to be. All my blessings are there. And it’s amazing you know when we have sinned because we’ve even sinned against his love. that we should walk in them--not "be saved" by them. And if you’ve been made alive in Jesus Christ, you don’t ever need to question the power of God available in your life right now. This is the real true biblical definition of sin. 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