Bible Study: Ephesians 2:1-10

 

Bible Study Questions – Ephesians 2:1-10

What are verses 1-3 saying about desperate predicament that sinners are in?

At what time were we placed in this predicament? Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12

Why do you think Paul started with the human condition (Verses 1-3) before stating what God has done to make salvation possible?

Explain your take on the title Paul uses in verse 3 describing mankind as “children of wrath.”

What hope do the first two words in verse 4 give you? Elaborate.

What remedy do verses 4-6 give us for being dead in sin? What more do these verses tell us about God?

What attribute within God moved him toward us? Verse 4a. What other attribute of God do we desperately need? Verse 4b. How much of this attribute does God have?

In your own words, try to describe the love that God has for us. Psalm 86:5; Proverbs 8:17;    John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 1 John 4:7-11, 19

Explain this sentence from one of our commentaries. “God’s love is not a response, but a cause.”

Explain the contradiction of how sinners are both dead in sins, yet alive in other ways. Why is the word “dead” proper in this context?

What are the “coming ages” in which God will show His immeasurable riches of grace in kindness. What does this mean to you?

Verse 8 says that salvation is a gift from God that cannot be earned.  Why is it important that we understand this?

What can you do to keep yourself from believing that salvation is something we can earn?

The grammatical sense of the word “saved” is in the past tense. Can you explain?

What is salvation caused by? Romans 3:22-24. What is salvation definitely not caused by?         Acts 13:38-39; Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:7-9; Titus 3:5.

In what way should the last phrase of verse 9 be evident in our lives?

Explain in what ways the good works in Christ differ from the ‘works’ prior to Christ, as to source, motive, substance, etc.?

As Christians with a higher calling and indebted to God’s saving grace, what do you think is the role of the church in today’s world? How do we reach out to a world in conflict?

This passage speaks of the glorious difference between what we once were, apart from Christ, and what we now are, in Christ. How can it help you relay this message to unbelievers?         John 14:6

(Note:  Bible Study materials are gathered from various resources, i.e. Bible.org)

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