Summary: Christians are called to the image of Jesus Christ and so, with the help of God the Holy Spirit, Christians are to live a life on earth worthy of this calling.
God used the Apostle Paul to write a letter to reveal His plan. We had noted previously that the letter was not only for those Christians in Ephesus 2000 years ago but it is also for us today!
From the first three chapters of Ephesians, we learned much important truths about God and His relationship with people.
And because of God’s love for Christians, God provides specific instructions for living. For any Christian wondering how to live or what God’s will is, Ephesians 4-6 provides specific answers!
What is God’s will for all Christians?
All Christians are to live a life worthy of God’s calling! Christians are to live a life worthy of the calling received from God!
What is the calling of Christians received from God?
The answer is simply stated in Ephesians 1:4 - For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.
Because of belief in Jesus Christ, Christians are bound to the perfect image of Christ! The change to perfection will be complete when a Christian goes to heaven, but God calls Christians to the change even while living on earth.
Salvation is a process. When you believed and received Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and God, you were justified (God forgave you of all your sins; past, present , and future). Remember what God said in Ephesians 2? A Christian may be living hardships here on earth, but in the spiritual world and in God’s eyes, Christians are reigning with Jesus Christ!
Believers of Christ are in a heavenly position with Jesus not because they worked for it but because God simply put them there! Positionally, a Believer of Christ already belongs in heaven even though that Christian occasionally sins or have hardships here on earth.
In the future, when God completely changes the Christian for heaven, the Believer will be glorified to perfection! And in heaven, everything will be right with God, there will no longer be sins or hardships! Amen?
Between Justification (Christians are saved) and Glorification (Christians will be completely saved), there is Sanctification (Christians are being saved)!
As a Christian, you are saved because of your faith in Jesus Christ. As a Christian, you will be completely saved because of your faith in God the Father. As a Christian, you are being saved right now (being sanctified) as you have faith in God the Holy Spirit!
Christians are to live a life worthy of God’s calling. In other words, Christians are to live by faith, complete trust in the fullness of God.
Have you trusted God the Father, the Creator of everything? Good! Have you trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord? Awesome!
Let us then continue to trust God the Holy Spirit, as He lives in us while we are still on earth.
Christians are to live on earth by faith by saying yes to God the Holy Spirit and saying no to sin. God gives specific instructions for Christians, but they are actually results of our faith in God.
Look again at verses 2-3 of Ephesians 4……….
As we trust God the Holy Spirit we will be humble, gentle, patient and loving other Christians, and making every effort to keep the unity with God and the church. If we do the opposite of these things, we are not really trusting God!