Summary: Our lives and the lives of those around us will only be as rich as how much we grab on to God’s treasures!
We read in Matthew 6 of the King James Version of the Bible: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
We are to pray, forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. In Luke 11, Jesus told His disciples to pray, And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.
This is similar to our main verse today in Ephesians 4. But, before reading our passage this morning, let us affirm a number of truths.
1. God is a Holy God!
And what does it mean to be holy?
A Holy God means God is always perfect and always good.
And the second truth we must note is that people, starting with the first man and woman, are unholy. Every person has missed the perfection and goodness of God. If God is always perfect and good and a person disobeys God, that person has sinned.
2. Every person has sinned against God.
Now, if Jesus taught people to pray for forgiveness from God, the question needs to be asked, How can a Holy God forgive unholy people?
3. God Himself became a man on earth, lived a sinless life, and died to pay for man’s sins.
This man of course is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ, who is God Himself, was born on earth that Christmas day to live a life of perfection, only to die for our behalf. And of course to prove that this was God’s plan for people, God brought Jesus back to life after three days! This is why the celebration of Christmas and Easter is important! Note that the actual dates of Christmas and Easter are not as important as the reality and the reason for Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection! We will talk more about his next week.
We will answer the question, “Is December 25 Biblical?”
There is one more truth that we need to grasp before reading our text.
Why am I taking so long to prepare ourselves before reading Ephesians 4? You see, our passage today assumes that we know and affirm these truths; otherwise, we will just be wasting our time.
The fourth truth answers the question, “Why would a Holy God allow Himself to suffer and die to forgive people of their sins? Why doesn’t God just instantly zap people and destroy them as soon as they sin? Why does God provide a way for forgiveness of sins?”
The answer is simply,
4. God loves people!
In spite of who we are and what we’ve done and will do, God loves you and me!
Jesus said it in John 3:16, For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, that whoever believes in Him (in Jesus Christ) shall not perish but have eternal life. Are you a Believer of Jesus Christ?
Please take a moment right now to pray quietly to God and affirm these truths personally.
As a Believer of Christ forgiven of your sins, please open your Bible to Ephesians 4 and stand as we read together verses 21-32……..
We just affirmed the truths about God and Jesus Christ. And last week, we talked about putting off the old self and putting on the new self!