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Summary: God-sized changes from Christ: 1. We are blessed with all spiritual blessings (vs. 1-3). 2. We are chosen as God’s children (vs. 3-5). 3. We have been given God’s grace (vs. 5-7).

God-sized Changes from Christ

Ephesians 1:1-7

Sermon by Rick Crandall

Grayson Baptist Church - February 17, 2019

(Revised October 2, 2020)

MESSAGE:

*You know, people generally don't like change. Mark Twain once said, "The only person who likes change… is a wet baby." (1)

*There's a lot of truth to that statement. Many times, we think of change as being a bad thing, and we've seen a lot of bad changes in our lifetimes. But change can also be good, and that's especially true when it's a change made by God.

*The truth is that all of us need some changes in our lives, and Jesus Christ can give us the changes we need. The Lord wants to change us for the better! And today's Scripture shows us some of the God-sized changes Jesus makes when we put our trust in Him.

1. FIRST: WE ARE BLESSED WITH ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS.

*Believers, we are blessed! Paul stressed this truth very strongly in vs. 1-3, when he said:

1. Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus:

2. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

*Christians: We are blessed! These verses show us that the Heavenly Father has already blessed us, and He has blessed us to the fullest. We know this because vs. 3 tells us that He "HAS BLESSED US WITH EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING."

*Right now, we can't begin to comprehend all the spiritual blessings we already have in Jesus Christ. I say that because in Ephesians 2:4-7 Paul will tell us that "God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, THAT IN THE AGES TO COME HE MIGHT SHOW the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus."

*In this current age, we cannot fully measure the blessings we already have in the Lord. But we can get a glimpse of our spiritual blessings:

-Think about our salvation: We are saved! We are rescued forever from sin, shame, and the everlasting torment we deserved.

-Also think about our justification: When I am in Jesus Christ, God sees me "just-as-if-I'd never sinned!"

-Think about our regeneration: We are born again as new creatures in the family of God.

-And think about our liberation: We are set fully free from the punishment for sin, the power of sin in our lives. And one day we will even be free from the presence of sin.

*That's just a taste of the boundless spiritual blessings we have in Jesus Christ. And one thing is sure: nothing is left out, because "the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. . . has blessed us with EVERY spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ!"

*Nothing is left out, and no one is left out. The Father's blessings are for every believer. And His blessings will never end! Verse 3 reminds us that God's blessings are for all eternity, because God "has blessed us in the heavenly places in Christ." Paul is talking about things that will last forever! And all these blessings come from our Heavenly Father.

*He's not like we are dads. Our Heavenly Father never fails His children. And we are blessed with all spiritual blessings. That is a God-sized change from Christ.

2. BUT CHRISTIANS: WE ARE ALSO CHOSEN AS GOD'S CHILDREN.

*We see this great truth in vs. 3-5, where Paul said:

3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

4. just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

5. having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

*The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ "chose us in Him before the foundation of the world."

[1] THIS TRUTH HIGHLIGHTS THE LORDSHIP OF GOD.

*God is in control of His universe! The Bible strongly stresses this truth in both the Old Testament and the New. Openbible.info lists 100 Bible verses about the sovereignty of God. (2)

-For example, Psalm 103:19 says, "The LORD has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all."

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