LikeAngst(1983),John McNaughton’s Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killeropens as the titular character is released from prison. And likeAngst, it follows the ex-con as he attempts to navigate a world that does not, and cannot, have a place for him.
I remember seeingHenryfor the first time. I was probably fifteen. It came on IFC around three in the morning – I didn’t often sleep in those days. As the credits began to roll, I couldn’t move, or speak, or breathe. I had seen something, which I could not unsee, and the likes of which I suspected I would never see again.
Its final images, still, are among the most haunting I have laid eyes on. And, yes, I have seen whichever French movie you are now picturing in your mind that supposedly one-upsHenry‘s ‘disturbing factor’.It is not a particularly bloody film, especially…
“And you were dead in the trespasses and sinsin 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—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.But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—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.For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,not a result of works, so that no one may boast.For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
There are some things to be derived from this passage. These are thirty-three of them:
Paul’s readers were previously “dead” in their “trespasses”.
Paul’s readers were also previously “dead” in their “sins”.
They used to “walk” in their “trespasses” and “sins”, but not anymore.
When they “walked” in their “trespasses” and “sins”, they did so “according to the ways of this world”.
When they “walked” in their “trespasses” and “sins”, they did so “according to the ruler who exercises authority over the lower heavens”.
The “ruler who exercises authority over the lower heavens” is “the spirit now working in the disobedient”.
Both Paul and his readers previously lived among “the disobedient”.
When they lived among the disobedient, they “in our fleshly desires”.
When they were living “in our fleshly desires” among “the disobedient”, they “carried out the inclinations of their flesh.”
When they were living “in our fleshly desires” among “the disobedient”, they also “carried out the inclinations of our … thoughts”
During the time when they lived “in our fleshly desires” among “the disobedient” and carried out the “inclinations” of their “flesh” and “thoughts”, they were “children under wrath”.
When they were “children under wrath”, they were so in the same way “as the others were also”.
God is “rich in mercy”.
God had “great love” for Paul and his readers.
God “made us alive with the Messiah”.
God did this even “though we were dead in trespasses”.
The reason that God “made us alive with the Messiah” is “because of His great love that He had for us”.
Paul’s readers “are saved by Grace”.
God raised Jesus “up and seated” Jesus “in the heavens”.
God raised us up “together with Christ Jesus” and “seated play the immeasurus in the heavens”.
He did this to “display the immeasurable riches of His grace.”
The “immeasurable riches of His grace” are displayed “through His kindness to us”.
The “immeasurable riches of His grace”, which are displayed “through His kindness to us in Christ Jesus” will be displayed “in the coming ages”.
Paul’s readers are saved by grace “through faith”.
To be “saved by grace through faith” is something that “is not from yourselves”.
To be “saved by grace through faith” is “God’s gift”.
Paul’s readers are not saved “by/from works”.
The “faith” through which Paul’s readers are “saved by grace” is not, itself, a work.
Because Paul’s readers are “saved by grace through faith”, which is “not from yourselves” and “not from works” but is “God’s Gift”, thus “no one can boast”.
Paul and his readers are “God’s workmanship”.
Paul and his readers were “created in Christ Jesus”.
“Good works” is that for which Paul and his readers were “created in Christ Jesus”.
The “good works” for which Paul and his readers were “created in Christ Jesus” were “prepared beforehand that we should walk in them”.
Most of my posts are extended comedy routines about things I find important, but not this one. I could write for ages about why Eph. 2:1-10 is funny, and important, but today it can speak for itself. Go do some good works that God prepared beforehand.