The book of Ephesians is highly instructive. No other book in the Bible lays outs so clearly for us the difference and relationship between these two important elements of the Christian life—position and personal responsibility.
- “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
- “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
The first part of Ephesians (chapters 1-3) touches on our position or standing as believers in Christ:
- We are exhorted to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which we have been called (Ephesians 4:1).
- We are to walk in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave Himself up for us (Ephesians 5: 2).
- We have to be careful concerning how we walk, making the best use of the time because the days are evil. And we must not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is (Ephesians 5:15-17).
- “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:10-11).
- “Armies march into other countries to occupy and subdue. God has not told us to do this. We are not to march but to stand. The word ‘stand’ implies that the ground disputed by the enemy is really God’s, and therefore ours. We need not struggle to gain a foothold on it.” (p.54)
- “Today we do not fight for victory; we fight from victory. When you fight to get the victory, then you have lost the battle at the outset.” (p.55)
- “Because victory is His, therefore it is ours.” (p.56)
- “If we believe the Lord, we shall not pray so much but rather we shall praise him more. The simpler and clearer our faith in him, the less we shall pray in such situations and the more we shall praise (p.57)