Ephesians 2 divides neatly into two sections. Each presents our salvation as a problem that is solved in Jesus Christ. By far, the first half is the most familiar to believers today. Ephesians 2:1-10 tells us that we were once dead in our sins, but in Christ, we have been made alive. But Ephesians 2:11-22 presents a second way of speaking about salvation: we were once cut off from the people of God. For most this is simply a problem they do not consider at all. We must, then, attend Paul’s argument with care, so that we might have a fuller, more grateful understanding of the of the salvation we have received in Christ.
Faith is the condition that brings us the riches of Christ. Yet it is not any ‘faith’ that saves. The faith that saves is a faith that perseveres. Saving faith is not some opinion or momentary good feeling. It is not here one day, gone the next. Saving faith remains. The key idea is simple: believers must continue in the faith.
The goal of these words are headed into verse 23: if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast. Paul’s goal is in part to strengthen their faith and commitment to Christ. It is also to reaffirm for them that Christ’s work applies to them especially. So this is what I want you to see: We must remain committed to Christ because of what he has done for us.
Paul wants the Colossians to know the glory of Christ amidst false teaching. To prevent them from error, he teaches the believers of the glory of God’s Son. Today, Pastor Martin concludes the study of these verses and show you two remaining aspects of the glory of Christ.
Many professing Christians struggle with assurance. Some churches even teach that it is good and healthy for believers to have uncertainty over whether or not they are saved. God, however, wants us to be assured of our salvation. This truth is made very plain to us in our text. What we see here is that assurance of salvation is obtained, not by looking at ourselves, but by looking to Christ.