Ephesians 2:1-10. By grace ye are saved; Not of works, lest any man should boast.

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1. We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works

"Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." God is the creator of all things, and he created us also. Now, we are his workmanship, that is, he is doing additional special work on us to make us as his masterpiece, which will be unique, that will do only good works. Further, this workmanship is done in Christ Jesus. The phrase "in Christ Jesus" is often ignored or twisted. Please be careful on that. He created us first as man or woman; and then, we must make our way into Jesus Christ as he told us to do, to be born again and to abide in him. It is our responsibility to do it. We can find them in John 3:3-7 and in John 15:4. When we abide in Jesus Christ as he says, then God the Creator will make us as his workmanship, to make us to do good works; and it was the purpose of God. "2 Corinthians 5:17 says, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." Almost all Christians recite this verse and claim that they are new creatures, while they are living in sins very happily. But we can use this verse to verify whether are we abide in Christ and has become new creatures or not. The new creatures are not to learn a few clichés, but our lives must be converted from sinning into obeying God, that is his righteousness.

Let us see how God made the first creation. God created man, butterfly, earthworm, such living beings; and sun, moon, stars, such things that are with power to move in their designed path. God made man with brain, heart, flesh and bones, intestine, kidney, liver, and such things, and put them as one to function together. So also, many parts are put together to make butterfly, earth worm, and other creatures. These are great engineering, design, and creation; and these were made from nothing. God, with his Omni power Spirit, has created them with his awesome power and he is being the most genius. Even now, God gives a lot more importance to his workmanship to convert people, to do only good works, which are righteous works. But the condition is that we must get into Christ, as a branch in the vine. Christians do not know what "in Christ" means. So, preachers preach it, as "in Christ" means, "in the middle of sins." But Christ is not sin, and sin cannot enter Christ Jesus. They think that sinners are in Christ, but Christ will not have sin in him; and it is their cliché, and all clichés are lies of Satan.

2. Works that man boast is their own Will, Ceremonies, Rituals, etc.

"9 says, Not of works, lest any man should boast." There are two kinds of works. 1). Obeying the commands of God are good works or works of righteousness, which we will not and cannot boast, since they are God's assigned works, and we are serving God. So, there is no boasting there. 2). All works that we do for our pride, without obeying what God says, are rebellious works or works of unrighteousness.

And, God has created all men and women, in the entire world. So, he is God of all. God has created them as Souls, and created bodies for their Souls to live in. He also gives conscience to everyone and gave them freedom to use the conscience either to obey God, or to obey themselves. When they die, their bodies will become dust; flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither they can go to hell. Souls cannot die since it is like spirits. God will give rewards or punishments to the souls, according to what they have done while they were living as people, either for obeying God, or for not obeying God; rewards will be given in heaven, and punishments will be given in hell and in the lake of fire. So, obedient Souls will be in heaven, and selfish proud souls, who obeyed themselves, will burn in the lake of fire. It is the consequence of our own works that we have boasted, instead of obeying what God tells us to do. In this context, our works that we boast are religious ceremonies, rituals, and such things, instead of obeying the commands of God in our life. "1 Peter 2 says in 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:" So, his life is an example for us to follow his steps. Godly Christians will follow his life; or at least try their best to follow the life of Jesus. To follow him, we must know how he lived, if not, how can we follow his steps. For that let us see his three years of ministry. We will be surprised to see what kind of life Jesus lived in the bible, since preachers have painted an entirely different picture.

3. How did Lord Jesus live, while he lived as a Man, but not as God?

Jewish temple, sacrifices, priests, scribes, and all things in it were established by God himself. That is, God did setup the temple worship. But God did not establish Christian churches directly. God, in his providence, allowed the churches to flourish and make their own worship system through Caesar Constantine, the Roman government, the British government, and so on. Yet, let us say that temple and Churches are similar. Now the very God, who established temple worship, became a man, who was Jesus of Nazareth. Please look at him carefully, if you want to follow his steps. He hated and became the enemy of the same set up that he has established, because they did not obey God in their life; instead, they did the ceremonies and rituals, which was only the outward manifestations, without the inside obedience. Jesus called them as the servants of the devil, sons of Satan, hypocrites, and so on. Jesus whipped and chased those who did business to help the temple sacrifices and worship. Temple people became his enemies and they killed him. Now, church people are as the same as the temple people. They do not obey God, preach against obedience saying that they are works, and they say that it is not possible to obey God. They preach their own things, worship their own way and so on. They are rebellious hypocrites. If we follow the steps of Jesus, we must condemn the ways of the churches, calling them as children and sons of the devil and Satan. We must reject churches and they should reject us. Then only, we will be walking in the steps of the Man Jesus; and we will be godly Christians. But churches will call us as sons of Satan, as the temple people called Jesus as the son of Satan, and said that he has a devil in him. Churches and we will be opposite to each other. We will worship the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, who is no longer a man, but is the Omnipotent Spirit God. So, obey God's commands and walk in his steps, as the Man Jesus walked.

4. We were dead in trespasses and sins, but not anymore; now we obey God.

"Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins:" If we want to study the truth, it is easy to do so. If we do not like the truth, we can evade and twist the truth, and it will be fun to do; but it will cost us eternal life. God says that if we are in trespasses and sins, we are dead. That is, as our physical body is alive doing sins and trespasses, our souls are eternally dead. "Genesis 2:7 says that God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." So, if, God gives a dead man his breath of life, which is the holy Spirit, his soul will live. That is, the dead man will become a living man. That is, God quickens him, or he is born again. But false preachers teach to the dead people, to confess that they are born again, while they live in sin with no holy Spirit in them. It is fake and deception. The next two verses are proof if we are born again or not. "2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:" First proof is that they were living in sin in time past, but it is not now. So, they are not sinning at present. But the spirit, which is the devil, is still working in disobedient people. "3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others." Second proof is also similar to the first. In time past they lived in the lust of the flesh and the desires of the mind and the flesh, which means that these people do not live in sin now. But, the children of the wrath of God are still live in sins. Put both verses together, those who live according to the world, the devil, spirit of disobedience, lust of the flesh, and in the desires of their own mind, are dead people in their souls, with no holy Spirit in them. God will punish them for their sins in the lake of fire in his wrath.

5. God has quickened us together with Christ, that is, by grace ye are saved.

We just saw in verse 1, that God quickens us means, God gives us the holy Spirit, and makes our souls as living souls. "4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)" God is rich mercy. We were striving to do good and were not able to do it since we had no power. So, God loves us and gives us the holy Spirit, which gives us life. Not only that, but God also quickens us with Christ. How? Jesus was actually raised from death about 2020 years ago, but our souls are raised to life now. Then, how are we quickened together? It is figurative, but not literal. Ephesians 1:13&14 say that it is the "holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance." Since the holy Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance in heaven, when our life ends in this world, we will inherit the kingdom of heaven as join-heirs with Jesus Christ. So, the holy Spirit is the conformation for our inheritance in heaven and us to be with Jesus Christ. So, it says "hath quickened us together with Christ." This is also known as "by grace ye are saved." But, as soon as we have learned to say a few things about Jesus Christ, Christians interpret this as we are saved by grace. This is stupidity, deception, and the bombardment of the grace gospel preachers. They are deceivers, and they belong to Satan, the devil. "6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:" This is as "Romans 8:17. It says, if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ." Back to Ephesians, "7 says, That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus." So, we will be kings and priests to God for eternity to come. It is a royal privilege. "8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:" This privilege is referred to as we are saved. But false preachers take the phrase "not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:" and twist it as the devil gives them vocabulary. They say that you cannot do anything to be saved, it is a free gift. And they preach that if you think that you must live a holy life, and do something toward salvation, then you are proud, and they tell so much garbage with it. Reject them all, and they are from their father Satan. The verse also says, "saved through faith," and it is through our faith in God. Christians think that faith is, how strong they can wish to bring something to pass or twisting the arms of God with strength to make him to do what they want him to do. Nobody can twist the arms of God. It is stupidity and ignorance of preachers. Reject them. Have faith in God. In this context, what is faith? "Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." So, we must have faith in God. We must believe that he is real, omnipotent Spirit, he can do all things, and he will reward us only if we diligently seek him. So, seek him. Then, he gives us the holy Spirit, which we cannot provide it for ourselves. Then, if we do not grieve the holy Spirit, and led by the Spirit of God, we will inherit the kingdom of God. Romans 8:13 to 17 says this in detail. God will give gifts only to his dear people, but not to rebellious people, and he gives rewards to those who have earned it. So, have faith in God to be saved by his grace and by his Spirit.

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