Posts Tagged ‘Freely’

Ephesians 1:3-6
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. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

I am imagining myself sitting in a prison and the last thing on my mind would be to write out letters of encouragement to others because I would be trying to find a way out. Paul did just the opposite and this book is a letter written to the church in Ephesus from the dark annals of a prison. He certainly was a different man whose only motivation was to serve the Lord with his all and we praise God for filling in Paul that desire and drive which we desperately need. He starts this letter with a HOT topic, the predestination of the children of God. The reason I call this topic hot is because it is a revolting thought to some that God would chose whom He wants to have in His family and whom He does not want and in so doing is not giving us the freedom to chose. That’s a hard one to crack!

Paul starts off by praising God the Father for choosing us in His Son Jesus Christ before the world began for the purpose of being holy and blameless in His sight. God did this for His own pleasure and not because of our goodness or to justify us. We are given the honor of being called His own sons through faith in His Son Jesus Christ and we owe our lives as gratitude for God’s unmerited favor (grace). We can never know whom God has chosen and why, for it is His own will but we do know that He has called us to direct the world to Him by glorifying His Son Jesus Christ with our lives. Rather than argue about the justice in God’s decisions, we should be expending our every ounce of energy praising Him and His Son Jesus Christ like Paul did. Shaking our fists in God’s face is as futile as throwing a stone at the adulteress because we are sinful in our own selves that we cannot see right in the first place. Submission and praise is what will keep us focussed on God.

In His Loving Service,

Matthew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world


Romans 3:22-25 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement,i through faith in his blood.

Paul presents us with several related questions that are foundational to our faith in today’s chapter and presents a challenging but clear argument to help us focus on Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Before you read further, I encourage you to read this chapter and dwell on each question, the argument and the response. This is not Paul writing in his own wisdom, rather it is Paul writing in Godly wisdom through the working of the Holy Spirit in him. The moment we consider the words ‘All have sinned’, our first thoughts are to question that statement. How is this BIG statement qualified? Sin in human eyes is doing something exceedingly wrong like adultery, murder, robbery, cheating, etc. and most people I know would never accept that they or their children have sinned. So what justification is there to this statement?

As little as an ill thought, a lie (white included), a bad word or any of the legally defined sins like murder, rape, etc. all are SIN to God. Any sin makes us unclean because God is good, pure and perfect. Only such a God deserves our all, not a fallen one. Therefore, no one can come before God or have a relationship with Him because we cannot be justified by God’s standards, try as we might. However, Jesus made a way possible and that was through his death on the cross because he was pure, lived a holy life, was God’s own son and was sacrificed for no fault of His. His death was for our sins and through his shed blood, our sins are atoned for. The best part is that through his resurrection, we have new life with GOD! Regardless of what happens to us in this world or the end of it because of human sin, we have an assurance of eternity with Christ! Hope this is compelling enough for you to put your faith in Jesus Christ and share the good news to all?

In His Loving Service,