Paul spent the first three chapters outlining the doctrine & glorious calling of the Christian. He lists all our possessions, and our standing because of what Jesus has done for us. He takes the Ephesians, and us, into the heavenlies, with truths of the mystery of the gospel of Christ. Now, he turns to the practical matter of applying these teachings to the Christian life, saying: “Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.” What calling? We have all been called to be saints of God. We have also been called to be children of God by faith. We have been called to be heirs of salvation. So, walk worthy of your calling, as a saint, as a child of God, and as an heir of God.
ISAIAH 9: 6-7 “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this”.
In Christ we have boldness, and access to the Father with confidence through faith in Jesus Christ. When Jesus died, the veil in the temple was torn in two, from the top to the bottom. And by Christ’ death we received access to the presence of God. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace; that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb.4:16). Our access to God the Father, only comes through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3). There is only one Mediator between God and man, and that is Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church has decided that Mary is a co-redeemer with Christ. However we believe the Bible is very clear that Jesus Christ is the only Redeemer, the only Mediator, and the only Savior. Christ living in you gives you the righteousness to go boldly into the presence of God.
No one was ever saved other than by Grace (Eph.2). Since man was banished from the Garden, no one has ever returned to Divine relationship except through the sheer goodness of the Father. And Grace always came by Jesus Christ. Grace did not wait for His birth, His death, or His resurrection before it became active. In Old Testament times people of Faith looked forward to Christ’ saving Grace; in New Testament times we look back upon it. But people must always come to a Divine relationship by God’s Amazing Grace & Faith.
And remember that the Grace of God is infinite. It has no beginning or end, it is vast and immeasurable.
We who see ourselves separated from God can now raise our heads, and look up. By virtue of Jesus’ atoning death the cause of our exile is removed, and we may return as the Prodigal returned, and be welcomed. A. W. Tozer