Summary: A look at some of the many blessings that are ours in Christ
THE BLESSING GOD BESTOWS
Happy is the man who has faith in the Lord,
and does not give honour to the men of pride
or to those who are turned away to deceit.
Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
a) Repentance is necessary
Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out.
b) Repentance Brings Forgiveness
Psalm 34:18 The LORD is close to the broken-hearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit. [NLT]
c) Forgiveness Through The Blood Of Christ
Ephesians 1:7 & 8 It is through him, at the cost of his own blood, that we are redeemed, freely forgiven through that free and generous grace 8 which has overflowed into our lives and given us wisdom and insight. [JBP]
II Thessalonians 2:13 from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
a) Not because of Our Righteousness
Titus 3:5 He saved us, not because of the good things we did, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit. [NLT]
b) Chosen In Our Poverty
James2:5 Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him? [NLT]
c) Chosen For A Purpose
Ephesians1:4 – 6 consider what he has done—before the foundation of the world He chose us to be, in Christ, his children, holy and blameless in his sight. 5 He planned, in his love, that we should be adopted as his own children through Jesus Christ—this was his will and pleasure 6 that we might praise that glorious generosity of his which he granted to us in his Beloved.
III. MADE FIT
Colossians 1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.
a) Fitness Starts With Sonship
John 1:12 & 13 to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
b) Sonship Makes Us Heirs
Romans 8:17 since we are his children, we will share his treasures—for everything God gives to his Son, Christ, is ours, too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering
c) Rich Through Christ’s Poverty
II Corinthians 8:9 You know how full of love and kindness our Lord Jesus Christ was. Though he was very rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich. [NLT]
Colossians 1 13a He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness [RSV]
a) We Were In Bondage
Hebrews 2:15 by his death he might . . . free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
b) Liberation Is Through Truth
John 8:32 you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
c) Spiritual Liberty
Romans8:2 the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you through Christ Jesus from the power of sin that leads to death. [NLT]