An Alien Race (Heidelberg Catechism QA 45, Ephesians 2:5-10)

Confession: Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 17 QA 45

Scripture: Ephesians 2:5-10 (Context 2:1-10)

Preacher: Rev. David Inks

Sermon Outline
I. Righteousness unto Resurrection
II. Raised by His Power
III. To the Praise of His Glory
IV. Because of Grace
V. To Walk as Alive from the Dead

Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 17
Q & A 45
Q. How does Christ’s resurrection benefit us?
A. First, by his resurrection he has overcome death, so that he might make us share in the righteousness he obtained for us by his death. Second, by his power we too are already raised to a new life. Third, Christ’s resurrection is a sure pledge to us of our blessed resurrection.

Ephesians 2:5-10 (Context 2:1-10) (ESV)
1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

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