Ephesians 1

 

SCRIPTURE:

1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,

To the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:

2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment — to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.

 

11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession — to the praise of his glory.

 

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

NIV

OBSERVATION:

God intended for us to be saved through Jesus Christ from before the world was formed. He literally predestined us to be sons and daughters of God before the creation of the planet. We are a part of God’s family. This was the result of a free gift of salvation through Jesus and his death on the cross. It was his plan from the beginning to reconcile all things to himself through Jesus.  When we believe in Jesus we are marked with a seal that is the Holy Spirit and the presence in us of the Holy Spirit is the guarantee of our salvation on the day when God settles all accounts with mankind.

The spirit of wisdom and revelation help you to know God better. The spirit of an enlightened heart can access hope, and teach us the value of church and Christian fellowship, and the incomparable power of God to help his believers.  Nothing is impossible to God not even raising someone from the dead.

Jesus is far above the angelic orders to say nothing of man.  God has given him everything including us who make up the church and the body of Christ.

APPLICATION:

When I am occasionally drawn to cynicism and despair about what’s going on in the world today I can remember that before the world was formed God adopted me as a son an made provision for me to freely become a member of his family and bestow on me the Holy Spirit so I can know that my sins have been covered. I can remember that an enlightened heart is evidenced by attending church and hanging out with other Christians, and that an enlightened heart can access miracles through the power of God and that an enlightened heart is one that HOPES.  Hope is the antidote to cynicism and worries about the price of gas, food prices and whatever else.  FROM BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD GOD MADE PROVISIONS FOR ME TO COME THROUGH LIFE VICTORIOUS BY BELIVING IN JESUS CHRIST. Now that is an encouraging thought. My belief in Jesus is the foundation of my future with God.

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, thank you for forgiving my sins. By the sacrifice of your son, Jesus, whose name is above all others on earth or heaven you washed me clean and added me to your family. Words can’t express my gratitude for what Jesus did for me. When I accepted Jesus I became your son and you became my father. I want to feast on your word in scripture and by relationships with Christian people and to be a man of Hope as well as truth. I know that nothing is impossible for God and I believe it in my heart and so hope is my constant companion through life.  Thank you lord and may hope teach me that miracles happen and to focus on all the good things too.  Through the name of Jesus I pray.

Amen

 

S.O.A.P    SCRIPUTRE, OBSERVATION, APPLICATION, PRAYER

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