4 Min Read
September 13, 2020
This morning pastor Egbert Lubek (Grace Point Church of God) read through a beautiful passage from the letter to the church of Ephesus where Paul reminds the church of God’s incomparable grace. Apostle Paul, writing from his prison cell emboldens the church with these words:
“3 Let us bless God, the father of our Lord Jesus, the king! He has blessed us in the king with every spirit-inspired blessing in the heavenly realm.
4 He chose us in him before the world was made, so as to be holy and irreproachable before him in love. 5 He foreordained us for himself, to be adopted as sons and daughters through Jesus the king. That’s how he wanted it, and that’s what gave him delight, 6 so that the glory of his grace, the grace he poured on us in his beloved one, might receive its due praise.
7 In the king, and through his blood, we have deliverance – that is, our sins have been forgiven – through the wealth of his grace 8 which he lavished on us. Yes, with all wisdom and insight 9 he has made known to us the secret of his purpose, just as he wanted it to be and set it forward in him 10 as a blueprint for when the time was ripe. His plan was to sum up the whole cosmos in the king – yes, everything in heaven and on earth, in him.
11 In him we have received the inheritance! We were foreordained to this, according to the intention of the one who does all things in accordance with the counsel of his purpose. 12 This was so that we, we who first hoped in the king, might live for the praise of his glory. 13 In him you too, who heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed it – in him you were marked out with the spirit of promise, the holy one. 14 The spirit is the guarantee of our inheritance, until the time when the people who are God’s special possession are finally reclaimed and freed. This, too, is for the praise of his glory.” – Ephesians 1:3-14 NTE
From this passage, pastor Egbert gives us these three takeaways to remember:
- He Chose – I am His child (Ephesians 1:4)
- He Paid – I am forgiven (Ephesians 1:7)
- He Planned – I have a future (Ephesians 1:13-14)
From our first pointer we know that we are blessed to be called children of God. Imagine receiving an invitation to meet the Queen of England, how the royals would receive us, how we would finally ride in a Rolls Royce and be granted an audience in front of her majesty. Such a splendid event, but it pales in comparison to the invitation we have received from God on high. Here, our dress and getup do not fade with time, our style is never out of fashion, our ride is celestial and our destination beyond our comprehension. All this, undeservedly, of course, but that makes it all the more wonderful an invitation to receive.
God personally invites us, calls us, “knocks on the door of our heart” to call our attention to Him. The greatest party of all time is soon to start and our name is on the guest list, but strangely enough this guest list reads, “Family members” instead.
Secondly, any great event has a cost, a monetary number attached to it, signifying how great an effort it took to make it come true. The cost of our admission into the family of God was none other than the crucifixion (execution on the cross) of Son of the God, Jesus the Christ. “Through his blood, we have deliverance – that is, our sins have been forgiven – through the wealth of his grace which he lavished on us.” Our entry comes with a price tag too high for us to pay, too costly for us to consider and impossible for us to come back from. But, thankfully, it has been paid for. Our entry is free.
And lastly, there is a future. Our acceptance of this invitation, this calling into the Kingdom of God through Jesus, is like the acceptance of an engagement ring. The promise is made, the ring is passed on to represent the blessings and glories of the future ahead. In the same way, we are engaged to Christ through His Holy Spirit. “In him you too, who heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed it – in him you were marked out with the spirit of promise, the holy one. The spirit is the guarantee of our inheritance […]”
T’is truly a comforting truth to know that God has called us to be His children; a transference from darkness to light; imprisonment to sin to a slave of freedom; from rules and regulations to the Spirit that transforms and imbues change.
Let us delight in the truth of Christ, well knowing that we are His children, we are forgiven and we have a future that surpasses our understanding. This does not call us to detach ourselves from our present reality but to better understand it. Not to neglect the physical in favor of the spiritual but to know that God has redeemed both, through our glorious savior and redeemer, Jesus Christ.
Questions to Consider this Sunday
- Have you been invited to join God’s family? What was your response?
- Are trying to pay your own way into heaven? If so, how?
- What does it mean to be sealed with the Holy Spirit?