- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Ephesian 2
“What does God do?” is a guiding question in chapter 2.
God made us alive (salvation) – Apostle Paul wrote universal condition of peoples (v.1-2), living under the power of death, objects of God’s wrath by nature. He also wrote it in Romans 3:9, 23. But God, by mercy and grace, saved us from the wrath of God. How? Apostle Paul clearly answered, “with Christ, in Christ, and through Christ,” unity with Christ. Therefore, salvation is the gift of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Doing good work is the fruit of salvation, rather than the condition of salvation.
God made peace (reconciliation) — Apostle Paul wrote how Gentile became the children of God’s covenant and promise. Jesus Christ demolished barriers, wall between Jewish and Gentiles, making two one through Christ in his cross, to become one body in peace.
God made us new (identity) — We (Gentiles) are fellow citizens with God’s people, members of God’s household. Jews and Gentiles became the covenant group with apostles and prophets upon the cornerstone, which is Christ Jesus, and being built together to become a dwelling place for God to live by Spirit.
In chapter 2 of Ephesians, Apostle Paul wrote the core of the Gospel, good news, along with his other writing in Romans 1-4
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.