Today I’m doing my post on Ephesians 1:3-14 which says,
“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[b] predestined us for adoption to sonship[c] 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 he[d] 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 reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
11 In him we were also chosen,[e] 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 put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you 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.”
Paul is starting off the next part of his letter by praising God, and he continues the letter by reminding the Ephesians of the Gospel. Paul has such a wonderful greeting: Praising God, and then reminding the people he is writing to about the main message of the Bible which is the Gospel. Before addressing any of their wrongs, he tells them that Jesus paid for them. Then Paul continues to elaborate on the Cross, reveling in what God has done. Because this is still the introductory part of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he has not moved on to gentle correction of their issues.
Let us do as Paul has done in his letter, and just revel in the Gospel. God has forgiven our sins by offering His very own son as a sacrifice for us. He loved us that much. Will you love others that much? Will you die to yourself to help others? My challenge for you this week is to die to yourself more. Sacrifice yourself for others, just as Christ has done for us!
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
Next week I will be posting on Ephesians 1:15-23. Until then, think of Christ, and how much He loves you. Let your love overflow into others.