|Experience itself proves that salvation is the work of God alone.|
|Written by Josh Winslett|
|Friday, 01 April 2016 14:17|
Most people will willingly admit that before they confessed Christ as their savior that they were overwhelmingly convicted with a deep feeling of their sinfulness. Why the sudden change? Why are you perfectly content one day, and then suddenly consider all the world to be vanity the next day? Who is it that has convicted you of your sin? We would all answer, God. Some would explain this as prevenient grace that convicts a person to be saved, but this contradicts the very description of a natural, depraved man in Romans 3:9-18. To sum up, there is no fear of God in the 'unsaved' to create conviction. If you feel the conviction of your sins and are drawn to Christ, then God has already worked sovereignly in your heart.
Paul would employ the same argument in Ephesians 2. He starts by reminding his readers of their own experience, that they were dead before God gave them life (Eph. 2:1). This is further proved in verses 2-3, showing that their previous walk evidenced this depraved state. They could only sin, and they freely did it. Thankfully, Paul does not stop in verse 3. Verse 4 brings an exception clause to depravity, “But God.” In the next 6 verses (Eph. 2:4-9), Paul would further elaborate on this exception clause by telling them that the reason their present life is different from their previous walk is because of this life giving union that is with, in, and through Christ. Even your faith (ability to understand spiritual things) is a gift of God bestowed in the new birth. This is why Paul says we are his workmanship, and his alone.
Finally, Paul uses this foundation to exhort the Ephesians to godly living (Eph. 2:10). Because of God's work on the soul, the believer in Christ should be both convicted and encouraged to walk in newness of life (Galatians 2:20).
Now think back and consider your own experience.
See also Titus 3:3-7
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