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Summary: This is the first in a series on Ephesians 1 and 2.

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Are you a Sinner or Are you a Saint?

We are the saints of God.

He has changed us inside and out.

We have the grace and peace of God, we are blessed with every spiritual blessing, we are chosen through Jesus, and stand blameless.

We are redeemed, washed, new, fresh, forgiven, and renewed – all of this according to the love of God, which was planned from the beginning of time itself.

God lavishes us with his love.

We are God’s Children and we are loved.

Eph 1:1-12

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints 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 to be adopted as his sons 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.

7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

9 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,

10 to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment— to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.

11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,

12 in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.

Are you a Sinner or Are you a Saint?

When we think of Sinners we usually think of the big stuff.

Like a Hells Angel on a Harley, wearing leathers, and using a bicycle chain to beat up on little old ladies.

When we think of saints people like Mother Teresa and Billy Graham come to mind.

Most of quickly conclude that they are not a really bad sinner and we know we’re not saints.

The truth is that we who follow Jesus are both – sinner and saint.

I am a sinner.

Ephesians 1:4-7

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 to be adopted as his sons 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.

7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace

He chose us In him

Jesus Christ is the agent by which the choosing is performed.

Before the creation of the world

This is no afterthought.

It is premeditated and carefully considered by the Father God.

To be holy and blameless

The word “holy” speaks of purity and sanctification. Set aside for a purpose. Special!

To be “Blameless” speaks of perfection. No cracks. No flaws. No bad spots. No damage. Nothing cheap or disposable involved.


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