Pastor Brian Hamilton:
What farmer would tear down the existing barns without knowing whether he has resources
Ephesians 2.1-10 - the most important passage in the Bible?
This is our identity. In Christ now.
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.
People who live for pleasure are spiritually dead.
Body Soul and Spirit are 3 parts to human life.
We are physical and we take care of it. When the soul is separated the relatives plan the funeral. The soul is uniquely human.
Animals do not explore the questions of life. Humans explore. Our spirit gives us that capacity.
God created 3 kinds of life. Animals have instinct. Plants don't.
Humans have the Spirit of God in them. When they separate themselves from God they are lost. The root cause of evil is the separation from God. We do not have the capacity to live how we were intended to live when separated from God. Sin separates us from God. Without Christ we are dead and doomed.
BUT God's mercy is so great that while we were separated Christ died for us to bring us to life in Christ.
We are God's masterpiece. God prepared what we are to do in His kingdom.
Let's pray Lord accomplish what you want to accomplish through me.
We celebrate that we have moved from death to life. We can't do it by ourselves. Live in Christ. With hope and future.