Made for a Purpose – We are God’s Artwork
Ephesians 2:1-10 NIV
Made Alive in Christ
1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Made for a Purpose (NOTES)
Genesis 3:15 New International Version
15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring[a] and hers; he will crush[b] your head, and you will strike his heel.”
Romans 3:23 New International Version
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23 New International Version
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.
John 19:30 New International Version
30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Psalm 34:2 King James Version
2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof and be glad.
1 Corinthians 1:31 New International Version
31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
Philippians 2:13 New International Version
13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Philippians 2:12-13 New International Version
Do Everything Without Grumbling
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.