Ephesians -The Riches in Knowing Christ
Up Close and Personal with the Apostle Paul Series
Ephesians 1:4-7 (KJB) According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; The riches of knowing God.
Paul opens the gift, or the mystery of the gospel, and places it on the bottom shelf for the church at Ephesus, to the Jewish people who could now be spiritually knit together with Gentile believers, and for our appreciation and spiritual comprehension to this day. Yes, the gospel message is for all people throughout the ages. Though the Jewish people are God’s own people, this message was divinely given through the Apostle Paul, for every individual, without regard to their origin, culture, position, or past; for every spiritually regenerated soul is united with God forever through the fuel of faith.
Romans 8:15-17 (KJB) For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Yes, every spiritually regenerated person has no room for fear or division ruminating in this world, but for reverence and admiration for God in being, adopted, accepted, and approved by Him and bearing great joy and spiritual fruit through His gift of grace. Grace was liberally given of God for blessing and eternal benefit. It is true, personally, knowing God is like having a little slice of heaven, or an earnest of our adoption awaiting us in eternity. It is a bountiful down payment for every humbled soul until the day we meet Jesus Christ face to face in the heavenly realm. His finishing touches will be applied in spiritually perfecting us eternally whole and complete as hear “Well done, good and faithful servant …” Matthew 25:23 as we enter sweet fellowship with Him forevermore.
God’s generous gift of rich supernatural mercy, joy, and grace is the only gift of its kind, once unwrapped and applied, that keeps on giving without any merit or limitation. Having it at work in your life is more valuable than physical sustenance or any other thing available on this earth. Not only that, but you each of your friends, family, and strangers alike can choose to receive a generous helping of God’s rich and perpetual spiritual pastry, always freshly baked and eternally delicious. However, for everyone, saved or lost, after physical death a time of spiritual reckoning will follow. God’s earthly bakery will be shuttered forever, leaving no further opportunity for any soul to indulge in a slice of His eternally rich grace pie. Today is the day to partake of God’s gift of salvation for tomorrow may be too late.
There does come responsibility and accountability for every soul who chooses to open and apply the gift of God in his life. He or she no longer desires to serve self and follow the god of this world but instead walks worthy of his or her calling by seeking unity, love, and the perpetual peace of God for overcoming divisions, differences, discord, and dissension at work in this world by shining with unity melded together for bringing glory and honor to God. A sincere child will seek to unite others with an unbreakable spiritual connection, a relationship cemented by the presence and power of Christ which lasts forever.
Finally, in closing, chapter 6 of Ephesians gives us vital instruction concerning the serious nature of spiritual warfare at work in this world. For a child of God, undoubtedly, united with God he will stand forever, but divided apart from God, he will fall flat on his face spiritually spent by winds of persecution, never losing his salvation, but perhaps lose some rewards upon entering eternity.
Even worse, lost souls by their nature, have no eternal blessings waiting and instead are sentenced to face continual eternal torment apart from fellowship with God forever.
There is no such thing as any person being spiritually substandard or inferior as he chooses to personally identify with Christ and is adopted into God’s family. Each regenerated soul is spiritually rich with the eternal liberty, grace, and eternal life is given through Christ. Each soul has the same opportunity for the rights and privileges of God. Every person is made an heir of God immediately upon opening God’s precious gift of grace, which is so much more valuable than being named a beneficiary for any amount of riches bequeathed in this world.
**In the next devotional installment in Up Close and Personal with the Apostle Paul titled Philippians – The Joy of Knowing Christ
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