God's Promise and Our Inheritance

God's Promise and Our Inheritance

Ephesians 1:1-23

1 This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus, who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus. 2 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

3 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. 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 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. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. 8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

9 God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. 10 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. 11 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.

12 God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. 13 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. 14 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.

15 Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, 16 I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, 17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.

19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. 21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. 22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. 23 And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.

Central Truth

We have the promise to the spiritual union of Christ with believers if we accept our Lord Jesus as our Savior.

Devotional

God's promise:

To me God's word is my promise! The promise that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (v3) The promise that if we believe in Christ Jesus, he will bless us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (v3) The promise that in Christ love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus, which is a gift freely given to us if we accept Him as our Lord. (v5) I, Wayne, did not deserve, because of my sin, the gift of salvation but through God's love, death, and resurrection, I will spend eternity in heaven. The promise in Christ we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of my sins. (v7) Jesus Christ gave His life for me on Calvary. Jesus suffered and died for me on the cross so my sins would be washed by the blood of the Lamb. When I am called home to heaven Jesus will present me perfect to God because Jesus Christ paid for my sins. The promise that everything will be revealed to me when times reach their fulfillment. (v9-10) Before Christ everything in my life was in confusion and misunderstanding. When Jesus Christ came into my life His word was revealed to me. When I pray, study His word, walk in faith, and be obedient to Christ calling I have the assurance that Christ is in control.  The promise that when I believed in Christ Jesus I was marked with a seal, the Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession to the praise of his glory. (v13-14)

Our Inheritance:

Because of the Ephesians faith Paul's prayer was that Christ our Lord give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation to know Him better. (v17) In my life when I pray, study His word, and glorify God I have a closer walk with Christ and Jesus reveals even more to me. Paul's prayer was also that the eyes of my heart may be enlightened, to know the riches of His glorious inheritance and His great power and His power that is granted us is the same as when Christ was raised from the dead and seated at the right hand in the heavenly realms forever. (v18,19,20) My inheritance is that Christ is not only head of the church but through His victory over death Jesus is head over everything. (v20-23) I have the promise that as stated in Proverbs 21: 31 that victory over everything rest with the Lord.

Questions To Ponder

• What does Paul say, in general, concerning our calling and becoming part of God’s family?

• What is “our inheritance”?

Scripture Memory | March | Proverbs 21:30-31

“No human wisdom or understanding or plan

can stand against the Lord.

The horse is prepared for the day of battle,

but the victory belongs to the Lord.”

Thanksgiving and Prayer

Thanksgiving and Prayer

Sealed by The Holy Spirit

Sealed by The Holy Spirit