A few months ago on a bright Sunday morning,I woke up early and prepared to go to Church.I was in a good mood and was looking forward to the great day ahead.
However before I left the house,someone told me something that left me wondering if they knew my true value.As soon as I took the bus,tears rolled down my face.I am a person who is tough,I think,and I rarely cry.But the tears wouldn’t stop until I reached the city center.
I thought that by the time I took the second bus,the tears would stop,but it didn’t.I reached Church in a very sombre mood.How was I going to change this mood,given that I was the one teaching children in my Sunday school class.Thank God that I found a session of praise and worship going on,of course I didn’t want anyone to see my red eyes.I asked God to help me recover very fast because I knew who I was in Christ.I also forgave the person who hurt me for their ignorance.
It is important that we know the Spiritual blessings that we have in Christ.We find these in Ephesians 1:1-14.
These blessings are specifically for those who have accepted Jesus Christ to be their Lord and personal savior.If you haven’t,please take that required step first.
1.We were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world. Verse 4
Being chosen is so special.Can you imagine a woman being chosen among many qualified women to be someone’s bride,for example,the story of Queen Esther.This is how special we are to God.
That is why He set us apart even before He laid the foundation of the world.To make a strong building,you need to make a strong foundation.Have you seen how deep the foundation for a tall building is laid?Before He did the heavy task of building foundations,He selected you and me to be His children,wow!We are very special to Him.
2.We should be holy and without blame before Him in love.
We should be holy because He is holy. Peter 1:16
I don’t know your shortcomings. You could be blamed for the failure of your career,business,marriage,etc But when you are a child of God,do not allow yourself to be burdened with such blames,Jesus already paid the price for you.Surrender to the Lord and let Him carry those burdens.
3.We are predestined to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself. Verse 5
Our destination is already planned.We belong to God’s family. He is our father and we are his children.We also have brother’s and sisters in the Kingdom.We can enjoy the warmth of the fellowship of God’s family.We can also enjoy the benefits that children enjoy from their fathers and siblings.
4.We have been accepted in the beloved. Verse 6
Once we believe in Jesus Christ to be our Lord and personal saviour,the Lord accepts as just the way we are.No matter how terrible your history is,you are not judged on that because when you are in Christ you become a new creation.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
5.We have redemption through His blood,the forgiveness of sins. Verse 7
When we disobey God,we become slaves to sin.But since we believed in His son Jesus Christ,we have been set free,we have been redeemed.This is because Jesus paid for our sins by His own flesh and blood.He already paid the price.We do not owe anyone any price once we decide to follow Jesus.
When God forgives you,he means it.You don’t need to worry if He will remember that sin,because when He forgives He forgets.You only need to ask to be forgiven once.
6.The riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence Verse 7b&8
Grace means “unmerited favor.” Abound means “to have in abundance.” In Christ, there is an abundant measure of unmerited favor flowing to your life like a river that will last from here into the never-ending depths of eternity.
7.The mystery of His will according to His good pleasure
It is good to be in Christ,it is worth it.After all is said and done,when this generation has passed and other generations follow,and the end finally comes,the Lord will pick and collect us together in Him.
8.We have obtained an Inheritance. Verse 11
When you have earthly parents who worked hard and left their property in your name,then you are among the few who have inherited property.Many people do not inherit any property from their parents,many people start to acquire wealth from scratch.
But when you are a child of God,inheritance from your heavenly father is guaranteed.The Lord richly blesses you in allaspects:healthwise,financially,materially,socially;and when one day you die,you also obtain eternal life.Eternal life looks so interesting!We will receive new bodies,there are beautiful mansions waiting for us,we’ll be singing in the heavenly choir,there will be no more crying,no more dying,no more troubles.`
9.We have trusted in Him, after we heard the word of truth. Verse 13
The Lord reached out to us through his teachings and parables.If you have heard Him and believed in Him,then you have trusted Him.Trust happens where there are relationships.Trust happens in friendships.
You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. John 15:14,15
10.We have been sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise Vs 13&14
The Holy Spirit is given to believers as a “first installment” to assure us that our full inheritance as children of God will be delivered. The Holy Spirit is given to us to confirm to us that we belong to God who grants to us His Spirit as a gift, just as grace and faith are gifts (Ephesians 2:8-9). Through the gift of the Spirit, God renews and sanctifies us. He produces in our hearts those feelings, hopes, and desires which are evidence that we are accepted by God, that we are regarded as His adopted children, that our hope is genuine, and that our redemption and salvation are sure in the same way that a seal guarantees a will or an agreement. God grants to us His Holy Spirit as the certain pledge that we are His forever and shall be saved in the last day. The proof of the Spirit’s presence is His operations on the heart which produce repentance, the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), conformity to God’s commands and will, a passion for prayer and praise, and love for His people. These things are the evidences that the Holy Spirit has renewed the heart and that the Christian is sealed for the day of redemption. gotquestions.org/Holy-Spirit-seal
We are studying the book of Ephesians one chapter a week,I invite you to join us next week as we study Ephesians 2.
God bless you,
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When studying your bible you may want to highlight using the following colors.At Good Morning Girls,we have meanings for different colors.We recommend this practice,because as you highlight,you spend more time in the word of God,thus you meditate more and the word is able to stick in your mind.
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