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Ephesians 1

February 21, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.[b] 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. 8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.” v. 3-8 (NLT)

Can you believe that from the very beginning God had a plan for us to be in relationship with Him.  Before He created anything, he knew about you and about me and His plan was for us to be holy and without fault in his eyes.  Can you imagine what that would look like today?  To be holy and with out fault has always been the goal.  However, since sin has entered our world, the enemy does everything possible to keep us from experiencing this and become this type of person. It would be really depressing if it ended there, but the good news is that God has done everything possible to get our attention and remind us of His unfailing love by through the life, death, and Resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ.  In Christ, we can be restored to the relationship that sin separated.  That’s the Good News of the Gospel, and leads to God’s ultimate plan found in Ephesians 1:10,

“And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.” v. 10 (NLT)

One day Jesus is coming back!  He is coming back with power and authority to restore what sin has made a mess of. It will be a glorious and sad day for all.  For those that have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior it will be a time of rejoicing in His return.  For those that denied Christ, or chose not believe, or even waited for “the right time” it will be to late, and they will be judged according to the things they have done.  Just think about that for a moment before you move on.

When it comes to your relationship with God, where are you at?  As we read today, God desires to have a relationship with us, He has proven that by sending His Son to live, Die, and Come back to Life in the Resurrection.  Today, may we think about this and ask God what is keeping us from being holy and without fault in His eyes.  Then lets pray and ask God to forgive and restore us in Christ to be the person He created us to be before the creation of the world as we know it!

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