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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Ephesians 1:1-6

Rejoicers, I am trying to learn Ephesians; a little ambitious I fear but someone recently told me that it was their favourite book and that it was full of deep and precious treasures. Anyone want to join me on the journey? Today is Ephesians 1:1-6.

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 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. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
much thrillingly beautiful truth already that the mind boggles. We have everything we need. God has withheld nothing from those who are in His Son. Not one blessing is held back from us. (v.3) More than that - God chose us not out of necessity or obligation but out of pure, wholehearted love. (v.4) It was a pleasure for him to bring us into his family. (v.5) He wanted to. He gives to us freely, open-handedly, longing to pour out grace and grace and grace because that is what He wills. That is the essence of who He is. We are those we are hidden in His Son. Those covered by the blood and washed blameless white. Hallelujah. Happy Tuesday.

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