Putting God's Word into Practice…

Ephesians 1:1-14 So Much to be Thankful For!

on November 22, 2012

Paul was chosen by God’s will to minister to the believers in Ephesus.  He called the recipients of his letter “faithful.”  In Revelations 2:1-7 Jesus said that the Ephesians had a lot going for them.  They toiled for Christ.  They patiently endured, hated evil and tested false prophets, endured patiently and tirelessly for Jesus’ sake.  In a word, they were faithful.  Paul also knew something of this hard work and patient endurance, as he probably was writing to them from house arrest in Rome.

Today, I want my Thanksgiving 2012 focus to be on the truths found in verses 3-14.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us IN CHRIST with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us IN HIM before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.  In love, he predestined us for adoption as sons THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us IN THE BELOVED.  IN HIM we have redemption through HIS BLOOD, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of HIS GRACE, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth IN CHRIST, as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things IN HIM, things in heaven and things on earth.

IN HIM we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope IN CHRIST might be to the praise of his glory.  IN HIM you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed IN HIM, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

In addition to all the great promises found in those verses that can be claimed by all who believe in Jesus Christ, we also have the guarantee that all things in all times are working according to God’s perfect purposes and wise will.  Everything mentioned should fill our hearts with praise and glory for our great God.

I encourage you to take some time to thank your Savior today!  And if you don’t know Jesus, today could be your day!  Admit your sins, ask for His forgiveness and rest in His promises.

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