Why Must I Be Saved?
Passage: Ephesians 2:1–2:10
Scripture is replete with statements emphasizing that all men must be changed (regenerated) from within. (Jeremiah 24:7; Romans 2:29; 12:2; 2 Corinthians 7:10) This regeneration is an instantaneous act of God’s free grace by which He makes the spiritually dead to be spiritually alive. It is a make-or-break prerequisite for becoming a Christian, and its truth must be practical in our lives. Ephesians 2:11-22 shows us that it is the foundation for loving, godly relationships in Christ among Christians.
All that begs the question: Why must you be regenerated? The answer to that question lies in knowing first what you were saved from, and what your life before salvation really was.
- We were dead in sin. (Ephesians 2:1-3)
- We are regenerated. (Ephesians 2:4-6)
- We are benefactors of God’s Grace. (Ephesians 2:7-10)
Descriptions of Your Former Life
- The direction. (Ephesians 2:1-2)
- The desires. (Ephesians 2:3a)
- The destiny. (Ephesians 2:3b)
NOTE: This is the third sermon in a series titled So Great a Salvation. See the rest of the series here.