By Grace, Through Faith
2 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body[a] and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.[b] 4 But[c] God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
After last week’s sermon, I know that many of you had many questions about predestination. And I told you it was all about the salvation of human race. At least, from Ephesian chapter 1, it was very clear that God chose you because GOD LOVES YOU and because YOU ARE CALLED TO BE HIS CHILDREN. Remember we had the writing on the screen in BOLD CAPITAL letter. Just like you are, sometimes, pain in the butt to your parents, they still love you.
Deuteronomy 7:8 said God Chose you because he loved you. I hope we made that very clear.
So what was not clear, or had many more questions about the predestination was:
Why doesn’t God save everyone if He loves us all? This is a great question. Before we can answer that, we need to know answer one important question:
What is God’s purpose of saving you? Other than obvious reason of God love you.
So let’s go back to why doesn’t God save you everyone? Well, He does! He wants to build a bigger kingdom THROUGH YOU. That is how God wants to save everyone.
Today’s scripture says about our previous state before we believe God, (v 1~3) We were all dead in sin. Not only we were (spiritually) dead, we followed the course of the world and prince of the power of the air, Interesting choice of the words, it means Satan.
Why doesn’t God just forgive us anyway? HE is loving God after all..
Chris, don’t borrow my car.
We broke the relationship with God and offended God with sins. But God himself absorb the cost of damage through Christ. So all we have to do is believe and receive Jesus Christ.
The key is to believe and receive Christ. That is our job, our choice, our decision.
(v 4~7) While we were dead, God made us alive with Christ by his Grace. And it says only by grace and God’s rich love we are saved. And what else does it say, God raised us with Christ and seated us with Christ in the heavenly places.
This door is your heart. Only YOU can open the door for him.
As you can see, the choice is my our hand, whether to open the door or not.
And there are many people, telling Jesus to go away!
This world we live in right now. Name of Jesus is not welcomed.
But you would care enough and love Jesus enough to ask the question of “ why doesn’t God save everyone?”
That means you have the fire of Jesus inside of you.
Jesus is asking the same thing, “Why don’t you open the door? Let me save you, let me give you peace and strength you need to not just survive but to thrive this hostile world.” “Let me carry your burden, let me carry you though!” Holy Spirit is calling you right now.
Will you receive Christ as your Lord and savior this morning. Just say Yes and let him in.