Published by The Gospel Sword Ministry
Wichita, Kansas
Monte Shepherd, Evangelist-Editor

“For the word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12)

Ephesians 2:1-10

“It’s the answer to all our problems.” How many times have you heard that? How many times has it been true? Zero!
Would you believe, in spite of that, there is an answer to all our problems? I’m not talking about making all our problems go away, but about a way for us to understand the cause of our problems and how to deal with them.
I’m happy to tell you that the answer to all our problems is right here in our hands…in the Bible! There is one answer, it is God’s answer, and that answer is stated very clearly in Ephesians 2:1-10.

Our problem is sin!

“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins” (verse 1)

I told my chiropractor my leg hurt. He explained that the pain in my leg was caused by nerves that were under stress because my hip was twisted. Until I had correctly identified the real problem I could do nothing to correct it.
Regardless of what “problems” we have, every one of them stems from our real “problem,” which is sin.

Sin afflicts us, all of us – Romans 3:23; I John 1:8
Sin entangles us like a spider web captures a bug – Hebrews 12:1
Sin binds us like a strong cord – Proverbs 5:22
Sin condemns us to death — Jeremiah 31:30
Sin is disobedience to God – Ephesians 2:2
Sin thrives through a strong support group of Satan and his allies – Ephesians 2:2-3

Why is sin such a big deal?

Sin destroys us! Verse 1 says “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins”
Because of our sins we become “children of wrath” (verse 2). Our sin incurs “the wrath of God” (Romans 1:18), and there’s nothing more serious than that!
Our God is a God of love and mercy. It takes something really big to make Him hot with anger!
Sin is the “biggest deal” in the world!

There is a cure for our sin problem!

We want to find a cure for every affliction. For years people have been “racing for the cure”. Now we are determined to find a way to prevent and cure Covid-19. Mankind is determined to discover a cure for everything, everything but the real disease, sin!
The truth is, we have no cure for sin. We have no means of developing a cure for sin, but God does, and He has!
God has provided a cure for our sin and all the problems it brings with it. That cure is found in verses 4-6.
The base of God’s cure for our sin is His love and mercy (verse 4).
The agent of His cure for our sin is Christ (verse 4).
The means of His cure for our sin is grace, God’s undeserved favor (verses 4 and 8).
The result of His cure for our sin is that we are brought back to life with Jesus, united with Him in the church, guaranteed “the riches of His grace” in heaven, re-created in Christ, and given good works to do (verses 5-10).

When Jesus died on the cross, He provided the answer to all our problems by providing a cure for our sin. Now, He invites us to accept the gift of His mercy, love and grace, the gift of life in Him.