GOD IS MERCIFUL

This week we focus on the study of Ephesians chapter two. This letter refers to the Church as a body to illustrate unity of purpose and show how each individual member is a part that must work together with all the other parts.  I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much.“–Ephesians 2: 4(NLT) 

  
We were dead in our sins, but God…We were rebels against Him, but God…We were enslaved by the devil and our sinful nature, but God…These may be the two most welcome words in all of Scripture: “but God.” God could have left us spiritually dead, in rebellion against Him and in bondage to our sins.

But He didn’t. He did not save us because of, but rather in spite of, what He saw in us. In addition to thanking Him for what He has done for us, we should also show humble patience and tolerance for others who seem unworthy or undeserving of our love and compassion. They may be spiritually dull, rebellious, and even antagonistic toward God. So were we; but God loved us anyway. Can we do less for fellow sinners? 

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GOD’S PURPOSE IS TO SAVE YOU

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfil his own good plan. 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. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.”–Ephesians 1: 9-11(NLT) 

God was not intentionally keeping His mysterious plan a secret, but His plan for the world could not be fully understood until Christ rose from the dead. His purpose for sending Christ was to unite Jews and Gentiles in one body with Christ as the Head. Many people still do not understand God’s plan; but at the right time, He will bring us together to be with Him forever. Then everyone will understand. On that day, all people will bow to Jesus to Jesus as Lord, either because they love Him or because they fear His power.

God’s purpose is to offer salvation to the world, just as He planned to do long ago. God is Sovereign; He is in charge. When your life seems chaotic, rest in this truth: Jesus is Lord, and God is in control. God’s purpose to save you cannot be thwarted, no matter what evil Satan may bring.

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REDEMPTION AND FORGIVENESS


SCRIPTURE TEXT: “He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins.”–Ephesians 1: 7(NLT) 

To speak of Jesus’ blood was an important first-century way of speaking of Christ’s death. His death points to two wonderful truths—redemption and forgiveness. Redemption was the price paid to gain freedom for a slave. 

Through His death, Jesus paid the price to release us from slavery to sin. Forgiveness was granted in Old Testament times on the basis of the shedding of animals’ blood. Now we are forgiven on the basis of the shedding of Jesus’ blood—He died as the perfect and final sacrifice.

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SALVATION DEPENDS TOTALLY ON GOD

This week we focus on the study of Ephesians chapter one. This letter refers to the Church as a body to illustrate the unity of purpose and show how each individual member is a part that must work together with all the other parts.  I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.”–Ephesians 1: 4(NLT) 

Paul says that “God chose us” to emphasize that salvation depends totally on God. We are not saved because we deserve it but because God is gracious and freely gives salvation. We did not influence God’s decision to save us; He saved us according to His plan.
 
Thus, there is no way to take credit for our salvation or to allow room for pride. The mystery of salvation originated in the timeless mind of Good long before we existed. It is hard to understand how God could accept us. But because of Christ, we are holy and blameless in His sight. God chose us and when we belong to Him through Jesus Christ, God looks at us as if we had never sinned. All we can do is express our thanks for His wonderful love.

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