EPHESIANS 1:3-14

‘All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.’

EPHESIANS 1:3-14 NLT

One of the most important things Christians learn to comprehend is the vastness of God’s design, reach, and execution. As finite beings, it can be hard to grasp even the subtlest of things within this design, but that is why we have revelation. Revelation pulls back the curtain on God’s will, showing us things we can’t possibly grasp on our own. This revelation has been presented to us by the prophets, their scriptures, and by the work of Christ on the cross and it has a radical message. It reveals to us that God always intended our redemption, that everything that has happened negatively has done nothing to retard his processes and will, and that his love for us is not a new thing. It is a pervasive fact across the annals of time and space. As Christians, knowing this fact can truly orient us in the vastness of the sandbox of a universe in which we exist. Paul elucidates these obvious, post-Christ, truths in such a way that we cannot help but hope, despite our limited perception.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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