Sermon Notes 2020 04 12 AM

April 12, 2020 AM

Dr. Michael Catt - 1957
#3 in series

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Jesus, Our Savior
The Substitute
Ephesians 2:1-5

“As we come out of chapter one into chapter two, it is a startling drop from the pinnacle of redemption to the abyss of ruin.” – Ruth Paxson

• The sinner in his sins (vv. 1-3)

• The saint in Christ (vv. 5-7)

• The way of salvation (vv. 4, 8-10)

I. WE WERE DEAD (DEAD MEANS DEAD) v. 1

“The description of their former life thus becomes a sort of foil against which the amazing power and grace of God stand out in brilliant relief.” – Curtis Vaughn

II. HE TOOK MY PLACE SO I COULD LIVE

“In one word, the great fact on which the Christian’s hope rests is substitution. . . . Christ being made sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him, Christ offering up a true and proper substitutionary sacrifice in the place of as many as the Father would give Him, who are recognized by their trusting in Him -- this is the cardinal fact of the gospel.” – C. H. Spurgeon

“trespasses and sins”

“sins”

III. WE HAD A PROBLEM WE COULDN’T FIX

“prince of the power of the air”

“the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience”

“sons of disobedience”

IV. WE WERE DEPRAVED AND DOOMED

Speaking of God’s wrath, John Stott says it is “God’s personal, righteous, constant hostility to evil, it is his settled refusal to compromise with it, and it is his resolve instead to condemn it.”

“For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” – Romans 5:6

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us — for it is written, ‘CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE.’” – Galatians 3:13

“He wills that sin shall be punished, but He does not will that sin shall be punished without also willing that the punishment shall fall on Himself.” – Leonard Hodgson