D I S C I P L E S H I P  21 3. By grace through faith (2:1–10) Ephesians 2:1–10 is one of the four or five greatest passages in the New Testament. It details who we were before God saved us through Christ, and who we are after that miracle takes place. Just about every Christian child has encountered or even been taught to memorize 2:8–9. The importance of the meaning found in those two verses—that it is God’s unmerited favor upon us that saves us—cannot be overstated. However, often lost in the joy of 2:8–9 is the significance of 2:6–7: “And raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Here, the pur- pose of God in saving some of mankind is more clearly revealed. Verse 7 begins with the phrase “so that,” which seems to indicate purpose or result. This thought is further echoed in 2:10: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Following on the heels of 2:6–7, we are told that we are created in Christ Jesus (or, saved) for good works. These works were part of God’s eternal plan, and His goal and expectation for us (which is that we should walk in them). This is where the maturation process comes into play. We should be putting ourselves in the best possible position to re- flect God’s goodness. A mature Christian is in a far better posi- tion to do that than an immature one. We’ll take a look at 2:6–7 and 3:9–11 in detail in Step 3. Flow of Thought Observation Number 2: God saved us to be examples of His grace and kindness. 4. One in Christ (2:11–22) Paul opens this section by addressing the Gentiles—the “un- circumcision”: “Remember you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers