Monday, November 5, 2012

Partakers of the Promise in Christ Jesus (and all that that means)


In the first two chapters of Ephesians Paul outlines what the “unsearchable riches of Christ” are for the Christian. That is, he outlines what being a “partaker of the Promise in Christ Jesus” means. In every aspect of the Christian spiritual life, the center of everything is through and in Christ! 

He divulges that the Christian’s (awesome) union with Christ began in eternity before the foundations of the world (Ephesians 1:4). 

God predestined Christians for adoption “through Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:5) and blessed them with his glorious grace “in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6). 

In Christ, Christians have redemption and the forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7).  

The secret of God’s will, formed in all wisdom and insight (Ephesians 1:8), was set forth in Christ (Ephesians 1:9). 

In Christ, believers “have obtained an inheritance” (Ephesians 1:11). 

In Christ, believers were sealed with the Holy Spirit who guarantees their inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14). 

The power that God worked in Christ to raise him from the dead is now being worked in those who believe (Ephesians 1:19-20). 

Christians have been raised up and seated with God “in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). This was done so God “might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 2:7). 

In Christ, the gentiles who once had no hope and were without God have been brought near by Jesus’ blood (Ephesians 2:13).

In Christ, Christians have peace (Ephesians 2:14). 

Through him, Christians “have access in one Spirit to the Father” (Ephesians 2:18). 

In Him, the household of God “grows into a holy temple in the Lord” (Ephesians 2:21). 

Abundant (more and more) riches flow from the believer's union with Christ, even the seemingly oxymoronic comprehension of the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, which comes through the power of Christ’s Spirit (Ephesians 3:16-19). 

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