Peterson, Eugene H., and Peter Santucci. Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing up in Christ. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Pub., 2010. Kindle Electronic Edition.
Chapter 5, “Grace and Good Works: Ephesians 2:1-10” Loc. 992-1207.
As we move into Ephesians 2, Peterson observes the sharp contrasts. There are comparisons of death and life (Peterson 2010, Loc. 1005). Peterson compares the shift to a move from reading a travel book to living in the land described. Resurrection brings all to life (Eph. 2:1, Peterson 2010, Loc. 1012). This, he says, is a life of “passivity” (Peterson 2010, Loc. 1017), which Peterson contrasts with the drive that leads to fame in our culture. Rather than fight to create our own way from the cultural elements around us, Peterson, using the Hebrew culture as an example, suggests we receive our Christian heritage and guard it (Peterson 2010, Loc. 1044). This is a real life which can thrive and remain pure in the context of even a hostile society. Peterson does not consider this an easy value to impart to people, but a precious one (Peterson 2010, Loc. 1084). Cultivating a view of our lives as a working out of God’s grace is key to life in Christ (Peterson 2010, Loc. 1125). God’s work, a work he allows us to participate in, is, according to Genesis 1, very good. It is a gift, which he hands to us as well (Peterson 2010, Loc. 1147). Peterson concludes the chapter with illustrations of Jesus and us at work in the world, bringing God’s grace to bear.