12/7/2008 ~ In Christ We Serve

... has blessed us with every spiritual blessing
in the heavenly places in Christ, ... ~ Ephesians 1:3

The Ephesians wanted to trust in their five senses.
Diana was the deity they worshipped. <─┘  
Great blessings and promises come from God.
                                    └─> Not of this world.
Our inheritance goes far beyond the material.

... He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, ...
~ Ephesians 1:4-5

 ◎ CHOSEN in Him
~ Opportunity to be PREDESTINED

... Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; ... ~ Romans 8:28-30

... not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace
which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 1:9

He chose us through Jesus.
~ It is not chosen by or through any other than Christ.


... That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that
which is born of the Spirit is spirit. ... ~ John 3:3-7

 Born of flesh Salvation
Born of Spirit = Salvation

  ┌─> Sons and daughters of God by faith.
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. ...
~ Galatians 3:26-27

He accepts us through Him, His commands.

... to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us
accepted in the Beloved. ... ~ Ephesians 1:6

                                    We need to seek to please God. <─┐
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves,
it is the gift of God, ... ~ Ephesians 2:8-9

Our attitudes and conduct, if evil, will disqualify one from God’s grace.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of His grace ... ~ Ephesians 1:7

One can not command forgiveness, it something begged for.

... he will not spare in the day of vengeance. He will accept no recompense,
Nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts. ~ Proverbs 6:27-35

Is all your money enough to buy yourself in to heaven?
Are all your deeds enough to buy yourself in to heaven?

CHRIST = Riches of God Come to Earth

Many claim Christians are losers using Christ as a psychological crutch.
~ It is not about insecurity, it is about daily TRUST.


He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having
made known to us the mystery of His will, ... ~ Ephesians 1:8-10

Only through Christ will be the fullness of understanding.
God gave us Christ, ~ according to His eternal plan.
Prophesies were made and fulfilled ~ to make God’s will known to all.
... and some yet to come ...

... both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
~ 2nd Peter 3:10

It will come to pass as surly as the sun rises to set.

"... take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me."
~ Acts 27:25

In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according
to the purpose of Him who works all things ... ~ Ephesians 1:11-12

PREDESTINED Once Saved Always Saved

Instead of seeing the simple whole given truth …
Some choose to believe God will have mercy saving all …
… yes, forgiving all being tolerant of any and all circumstances …
… allowing any custom/belief or traditional social whim justifying sin …
… and this is where there will be gnashing of teeth when His truth is
fulfilled on that day when all the folly of man will be plain to see.
It is about belief in Him and not radical words of man.
~ Focus is to look to Christ and His word.

"... inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren,
you did it to Me." ~ Matthew 25:40

... having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
who is the guarantee of our inheritance ... ~ Ephesians 1:13-14

... do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh,
but through love serve one another. ~ Galatians 5:13

... casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself
against the knowledge of God, ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 10:5

... with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, ...
~ Ephesians 6:6-7

We serve a Christ that exceeds what ever the world
may offer and supersedes all that could be known.





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