Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Father’s Plan

The Father’s Plan

Carry on…with an inheritance

In our last post “A Call to Carry On,” we began reading Ephesians 1:1-2. It reads like this in the New Living Translation,
Greetings from Paul
This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus.
I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus,[a] who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus.
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

Also, in theses verses, we find the answers to the two questions posed: first, Paul was chosen by God Himself, and second, Paul was writing this letter to people like you and I – Christ Followers.

Well, Paul opens his letter almost like a person reading a will – a will that lists the saints’ inheritance from God. And since you and I are saints, this inheritance is ours in Christ too!

The entire passage in Ephesians 1:3-14 is a reminder of the spiritual inheritance we have already received from each Person of the Trinity.

     * Verses 3-6 declare our inheritance from God the Father.

     * Verses 7-12 proclaim our inheritance from God the Son.

     * Verses 13-14 decree our inheritance from God the Spirit.

We’ll spend time in the next post reading through this “will,” if you will.

We pursue God because He first pursued us.

Be blessed and be a blessing!

From “Word Writers Ephesians” by Denise Hughes

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