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Summary: God has given us everything we need. God has redeemed mankind and he has sealed the believer with the power of the Holy Spirit.

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THE BLESSING OF BEING IN CHRIST

EPHESIANS 1:1-23

INTRO-

GOD HAD BEEN DOING A NEW THING.HE HAS ALLOWED US TO GET INTO HIS PRESENCE. HE HAS ALLOWED US TO SEE THAT HE DESIRES TO BE WITH US AND HE WANTS TO USE US FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD. APOSTLE PAUL IS WRITING TO THE EPHESIANS, TO BELIEVERS, TO THE CHURCH, HE CALLS THEM THE FAITHFUL.

ILLUSTRATION-

A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO, OFF THE COAST OF MASSACHUSETTS, A SHIP RAMMED A SUBMARINE. THE SUBMARINE SANK BEFORE ANYONE COULD ESCAPE. THE ENTIRE CREW WAS TRAPPED. SHIPS RUSHED TO THE SCENE OF THE DISASTER, BUT THERE WAS NOTHING ANY OF THEM COULD DO. DIVERS WERE SENT DOWN TO EVALUATE THE SITUATION. ONE MAN PUT HIS HELMETED EAR AGAINST THE VESSEL AND LISTENED FOR ANY SOUNDS. WHAT HE HEARD WAS SOMEONE TAPPING IN MORSE CODE. BECAUSE HE KNEW MORSE CODE HE COULD DECIPHER THE MESSAGE. IT WAS THIS: IS-THERE-ANY- HOPE?

THE WORLD IS ASKING THE SAME THING TODAY. IS THERE ANY HOPE ? HAVE WE GONE TO FAR? DOES GOD STILL CARE? THE WORLD IS HUNGRY FOR HOPE, BUT THE WORLD ISN’T READY TO HEAR WHERE THE HOPE LAYS. HOPE IS A CONFIDENT EXPECTATION. THE POWER IS NOT TO MERELY HAVE A HOPE IN HOPE ITSELF. THE POINT IS WE HAVE SOMETHING AND SOMEONE IN WHICH WE CAN PLACE OUR HOPE. WE HAVE HOPE IN JESUS CHRIST HE IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. HE IS THE ONE THAT OFFERS ETERNAL LIFE.

PAUL DIRECTS THE READER TO SEE THAT ANY HOPE THAT WILL MATTER WILL BE THE HOPE IN JESUS CHRIST. AS A BELIEVER, THAT HEAVEN HAS OPENED UP BLESSINGS TO THOSE THAT HAVE TAKEN JESUS AS LORD.

HERE’S THE POINTS THIS MORNING:

I. HE CHOSE TO REDEEM MANKIND BEFORE THE CREATION OF THE WORLD. GOD HAD A PLAN.

II. GOD HAS ADOPTED US AS HIS CHILDREN IN JESUS CHRIST

III. WE HAVE THE SEAL AND POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

LETS TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT HE IS SAYING TO US THIS MORNING.

I. HE CHOSE TO REDEEM MANKIND

WHEN SATAN SAW THAT CRIST WAS ON THE CROSS, HE JUMPED FOR JOY. HE THOUGHT THAT HE HAD DEFEATED WHAT GOD INTENDED TO DO.

ILLUSTRATION-

IN BANGLADESH, THEY SHOWED THE JESUS FILM, PEOPLE YOU COULD HAVE HEARD A PIN DROP AS JESUS WAS PUT ON THE CROSS. THE UNBELIEF AND SADNESS THAT THE SON OF GOD WOULD SOON DIE. IN A EMOTIONAL MOMENT, A YOUNG BOY STANDS UP AND CRIES, “DON’T BE AFRAID, HE GET’S UP, I SAW THIS BEFORE. THE BOYS CRY GAVE NEW LIFE TO THE VIEWERS OF THE FILM. THE DEVIL THREW HIS BEST SHOT, HE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE A COMEBACK. YOU CANNOT KEEP GOD IN THE GRAVE YOU CANNOT KEEP GOD DOWN

GOD CHOSE TO REDEEM MANKIND.

DEATH IS MAN’S GREATEST ENEMY, BUT GOD HAS DEFEATED DEATH. GOD DISARMED IT FOR US NOW, WHEN WE DIE AND WAKE IN GLORY, IT WILL HAVE BEEN DEFEATED HALLELUJAH

V7- IN HIM WE HAVE REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE RICHES OF GOD’S GRACE THAT HE LAVISHED ON US WITH ALL HIS WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING, AND HE MADE KNOWN TO US THE MYSTERY OF HIS WILL ACCORDING TO HIS GOOD PLEASURE WHICH HE PURPOSED IN CHRIST.

IN HIM:

THERE IS SALVATION-

THERE IS FORGIVENESS-

THERE IS REDEMPTION/ DELIVERANCE

THERE IS GOD’S GRACE/ WISDOM

WE CAN KNOW (ABSOLUTELY KNOW) THE WILL OF GOD IN OUR LIVES.


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