Summary: The blessing of being a son of God
Lord Jesus, thank You that once we become Your children through trusting Christ, there is a way for us to learn and grow. Help us as we seek to come under Your discipline by establishing good habits in solitude and meditating on Your Word. May we grow stronger so that we may honor You in all we do? We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
What IS the blessings with adoption Involving the Son? EPH.1:7-12?
We see the Wonderful blessings around the Father that are ours in verses 4-6 these blessings center, how that we who are in Christ are: "Chosen by God", to be holy and without blame before Him in love. We are “Predestined by God", to receive the adoption as sons of God. We are "Accepted by God", to be highly favored by Him. How is it that we who are sinners are so blessed by God? "Chosen IN HIM," "adoption as sons BY JESUS CHRIST," "made us accepted IN THE BELOVED." It is only in Jesus Christ that we can receive these wonderful blessings!
This becomes even clearer as we now as we read EPH. 7-12, It is here that Paul develops on the Blessings Involving the Son.
What is the Blessings Involving the Son?
I. GOD HAS redeemed US. How do we define Redemption? It means a freedom that comes as a result made by a payment. It means a release, from the remorse, guilt, penalty, punishment and the power of sin over our lives. We can see the power of sin in JN 8:34 Jesus "I assure you that everyone who sins is a slave of sin.” RM 7:14 The law is good, then. The trouble is not with the law but with me, because I am sold into slavery, with sin as my master. GAL 3:13 “But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing.”
Jesus came into the world to set us free. JN 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” OUR freedom is THROUGH CHRIST'S BLOOD.
1. The price paid in order to redeem us was the blood of Jesus 1PT 1:18-19 “For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.”
2. By His death on the cross, Jesus has paid the price to deliver us from the bondage of sin, for which He deserves our highest praise! Rev. 5:9, 12 “And they sang a new song with these words: “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were killed, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. And they sang in a mighty chorus: "The Lamb is worthy, the Lamb who was killed. He is worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing."
Do you see now how God could carry out His choice to have a people who are holy and without blame, adopted as sons unto Him, when all He had to work with were sinners? Through the death of Jesus and the shedding of His blood, God was just to "redeem" or "deliver" us from the bondage of sin!
THE APPLE BASKET Author Unknown
One day an elderly man entered into a hospital. He was grumpy from being on medication and the nurses thought him to be insane, as he yelled for his wife to get the apple basket. By the time, they had checked him into his room the nurses were exhausted from the fight he was putting up. "Sir you have to calm down we are doing everything we can for you" they would try to explain. "I don't need your help" the grumpy man would yell, "I want my apple basket". He finally slept. The nurses sighed with relief and talked among themselves whether they should call the hospital psychologist about the old man and his obsession with the apple basket. As they talked and laughed about the situation, the wife came in carrying the basket of apples. They looked somewhat stunned as she asked if she could see her husband and deliver his basket. Sure, they agreed as they watched her slip past into his room. Curiosity consumed them over the next few weeks as they tended to the elderly man. He was eaten with cancer and the doctors had given him no hope of survival. He turned out to be a very calm, happy man once he had his basket. His wife, they noticed, would come in with apples and go out with apples and the curiosity grew even more until one nurse couldn't stand the suspense. One night as he was nearing the end, the nurse sat down in a chair by the wife." May I ask why do you have that apple basket? I just don't understand the significance. “I am an apple farmer by trade he sighed. From the time I was 20 till the day I do die I will forever have my apples." The nurse nodded thinking she understood. He just likes his work, she thought, assured now he was a little bit crazy. As she started to leave, the old man asked her to sit down. "At age 20 I was saved, I accepted the Lord as my Savior." Oh no, the nurse thought. Here comes the lecture on religion. The old man continued. "The day I accepted the Lord as my Savior I got this basket, and each time I had a problem or concern that I could not handle, I put an apple in the basket un-shined." "Why?" the nurse said shaking her head. "Because it reminded me to give those problems to the Lord so He would shine them. See my basket now," he stated. "As my problems disappear so do the apples.” As I get new problems, ones I cannot handle alone, I put an apple in." The humble nurse looked into the basket, only one apple was there. With that, he took a big breath, grabbed his wife by the hand and faded into eternal sleep. The wife paused for a moment and got up from her place to take from the basket the last remaining apple. She whispered in his ear that his reward awaits him in heaven. The nurse stayed still and asked with tears in her eyes, "What do you think his riches will be?" The wife knew what they were eternal life with Jesus Christ. But she could see the concern and sadness upon the young nurses' face, handed her the apple, and said, "The biggest apple pie you can imagine!" That was the day the young nurse was saved, and from that day on she always had a basket by her bed. As seen in Food For Thought.