29
Aug
2013

EPHESIANS 1:8-11a IN HIM ALSO WE HAVE OBTAINED AN INHERITANCE

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Eph 1:8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth--in Him. 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,

 God has made his forgiveness abound to us because of His wisdom & foresight. He gives us knowledge of His mysteries, the things which were hidden in the Old Testament, such as the Jew & Gentile becoming one in the church. He did this so he could reconcile everything back to himself as it was in the beginning of time. The Bible is the story of man being created, falling & God working throughout time to restore us to Him in the end. This does not suggest that everyone will be saved; instead, sin’s disorder will be removed & universal peace will be established (Isa. 2:2–4; 11:1–10). We also see that everything that God has will ultimately belong to us too because we are joint heirs with Jesus Christ.

 

14
Aug
2013

EPHESIANS 1:7 REDEEMED BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB

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Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

 The first great act of redemption in the Old Testament is the exodus, the deliverance of the nation Israel from her bondage in Egypt. From the time of the exodus on this event epitomized redemption in Exodus 6:6. Thus, the nation Israel not only looked back in time, to see God’s redemption, but also to the future. They called upon God to redeem them: Psalm 25:22 In order for God to bring His elect people into the inheritance that He has in the future for them He, must redeem them. Redemption is an act of God by which He Himself pays as a ransom the price for sin which has outraged His holiness. It means to pay a price to free somebody from bondage.

Everybody that comes into the world is a captive, the Bible says. We are slaves. No man is free. Every person in the world is a slave in their sinful state. And to whom are they slaves? Who is the captor? Who is the captor of every man? Listen to this, John 8:34 says, "Men are slaves to sin." Romans 6:17 says, "Men are servants to sin." Romans 7:14; "Sold under sin." Romans 8:21; "In bondage to corruption." What is the captor of men? Sin.

So, sin is the captor that holds men. Now sin demands a price to be paid to release its victim. What is that price? The price or the wage of sin is death. So in order to purchase sinners from the grasp of sin there must be death. Without, says Hebrews 9:22, the shedding of blood, which is simply a term for death, without death there is no remission of sin. The soul that sinneth, the Old Testament says, it shall die. All right, the wages or the price of sin is death. But Jesus redeemed us. What does it mean? He paid the price of sin to free the slave to set him free. That's the whole point of redemption. That is exactly what He did. He paid the price to set us free.

We have been set free from the law - In Galatians chapter 5:1 it says; "For freedom Christ has set us free. Therefore stand fast and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."

Set free from slavery to sin Rom 6:6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.

Set free from the power of Satan and the world Gal 1:4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father

7
Aug
2013

EPHESIANS 1:3 BLESSED BE THE GOD AND FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

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Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.

        In this section we see that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.  What are these blessings? The first 3 chapters describe all of them. We will talk about three of those blessings today.  First we have been chosen by God so that He could make us holy and without blame, next we have been adopted as sons and have become part of the family of God, and lastly we have been accepted in Jesus Christ the Beloved because of what He did on the cross.  To be accepted means we now are approved of by God.  Before we were sinners not able to come into His presence and now we can because we are now saints in the eyes of God because Jesus blood shed on the cross took away all of our sins.