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Ephesians 1:7-10

From Feb. 14th 2021

We have just a few announcements

The Baby Bottles for the CareNET fundraiser are due back today, if you forgot, then there is no excuse and everyone will be mad at you for weeks.


At the end of the Sermon today, ill be inviting all of you to stand with me and sing the words of the doxology, as a way to slow our hearts down and give us a chance to digest everything we just took in.


If you missed Part 2 of our Bible Study last week, I actually remembered to record it all, and it is up on our YouTube and our Facebook page

Part 3 will be NEXT Tuesday the 23rd at 630pm


With that, the kids are dismissed.


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The past couple of Sundays we have been looking at Ephesians chapter 1.


We've seen that in verse 3, Saint Paul tells us that we have every spiritual blessing; and then we started talking about the ones that he listed.

Predestination

Adoption

Redemption

Forgiveness


Today, were going to look at verses 7-10

And next week we’ll look at verses 11-14


But today --- what kind of effect can we expect from the blessings?

What is the end result of God intervening in our lives, in His world?


Ephesians 1:7–10

[7] In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, [8] which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight [9] making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ [10] as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.


( → → Opening Prayer ← ← )


In Jesus Christ alone, do we have redemption and forgiveness


The darkness of our past, has been made clean


The stains of our bad choices

The marks of other people’s bad choices


The filth that this world can throw at us, falls to the floor because the God of all creation lives within our hearts.


We are clean

New

Different

Forgiven

No longer can we be held down by the chains of our past; because the God-man Jesus Christ willingly took the punishment for our sins upon Himself, and died the death that we deserve.


Not only that, but He did not remain dead.

He rose back to life

He defeated death


And because the death that He died was in the place of whosoever believes, the life of whosoever believes is now lived through Him.


It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives within me.


We can have strength and purpose and direction and newness, because of the Son of God.

Because of Him, and the forgiveness given to us ------ we can be empowered to forgive other people


Yes we struggle, we fight, we argue and we hold tightly to our pride and unwillingness to forgive the people in our life who have hurt us -------- but the more we look at how we were forgiven, the more we will be able to forgive others.


The freedom bought for us by the blood of Christ, allowed us to be forgiven of our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.


Jesus Christ is freedom


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You see, when Paul began listing these blessings that we see in the first few verses, he tells us in what way these blessings were given to us.


God didn't just dish them out all careful like

The blessings weren’t juuuuuuust enough for us to squeak by into heaven


It says these blessings were “lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight”


He layered it on like a fat kid with frosting


He did not hold back any blessing from those who repent and believe in Him.


These blessings were given, because of who He is, and because blessings cant be earned.

Adoption cant be earned

Forgiveness cant be earned

Redemption cannot be earned


He freely gave His children His blessings


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He did this, not only because He loves us and wants us to live new and free lives ------ but because of the effects these blessings have on the life of a believer.


We talked about them all in the past few weeks, so im just going to summarize them real quick here:

We no longer have to live in shame and bondage to our past, be it 10 years ago, or this morning.

We are free from the eternal effects of our sin

We have been forgiven

We have the power to forgive others

We know that there isn't anyone beyond the reach of God, no matter how dark or evil their life may have been, because God does the choosing


We can rest easy in the loving arms of our heavenly Father


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God blesses us, according to His will ------ and it unfolds in our life daily, weekly, yearly.


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You see, these blessings that are available to everyone who believes ----- hints at the mystery spoken of in verse 9.


When Paul uses the word “mystery” here, he isn't saying “this is some unknowable fact that needs to be investigated.”


He uses the term “mystery” to refer to something that was once unknown, but is now known.


The blessings of God, that were lavished upon us ------ made known to us the mystery ------ that the promises of God from the Old Testament…..


About redemption and love and forgiveness and newness and safety and security ------ things that seem normal to us as Christians -------


aren't exclusive to the Israelites.


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Without getting too far off track into Old Testament stuff------ we can look at the way the pharisees acted toward Jesus, and the other people we read about in the New Testament---


And see that the Israelites thought of themselves---- based on the flesh, based on biology ----as God’s chosen people.


Meaning, people from other nations were excluded

People from other races ----- were excluded.


Your parents parents parents had to be able to trace their lineage backwards, and if you were an Isralite, you were God’s chosen people-----


And if you weren't an Isralite ----- then you were a gentile

A heathen

A sinner beyond the grace of God


Everybody look at how holy and righteous we are because of our earthly lineage.


We are the chosen race

My parents are special

My grandparents are special

My family is better than yours

We are the people chosen by God ---- and you aren’t


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But then ----- Jesus.


Jesus came onto the scene and blew the doors off of that kind of thinking.

The promises of God are open to ANYONE who believes, regardless of any earthly circumstances.


This is what was spoken of in Romans 9:6 and 9 that says:


“...For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel...This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring.”


If you repent of your sins, and believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, then you are one of God’s chosen people.


Not because of your skin color

Not because of your nationality or lineage

Not because of your age or gender


The promise to redeem and save and forgive, is not limited by anything on Earth.


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So what is the mystery spoken of in verse 9?


That the promises of God would extend to people from every tribe, tongue and nation.


The only division that exists, is believers and unbelievers.

Redeemed & Enslaved // Forgiven and & Unforgiven


The Bible calls out to every human ever:

Do you want to be redeemed and freed from the slavery of sin? Then repent and believe

Do you want to be forgiven of the sins in your life? Then repent and believe


Do you want the promises of the living God to flow through your life?


Do you want to be innocent before a holy God?

Have your life take on new meaning?

Do you want to find the very reason why you exist in the first place?


Has your earthly family failed you?

Hurt you?

Abandoned you?

Disowned you?


Have there been things in your family that have been passed down from generation to generation that has left you feeling left out?

Unimportant?

Unloved?

Broken?

Useless?


Then repent and believe------


The Bible teaches us that the blessings of God are not limited by family, parents, children, biology, race, gender, or anything from Earth.


Have I repeated this enough? Because im going to a little bit more ---- because of how important this is.

Especially in a small town like Clyde


Some families get lifted up and looked up to like they are the ones who are important.

They are the standard.

They are special

They are important


Their stuff doesn't stink, and their kids walk around with chests full of family pride because of how much better they and their family are ------ than all the low life, bottom rung people they have to live around.


We all know those kinds of families----

Who look down on the addicts

Look down on the victims and the abusers


Look down on the poor and destitute

Saying if you didn't want your life to be in this shape then you should have just worked harder


We all know those shiny, smiling, superficial arrogant people

Who act nice to your face but behind closed doors they seethe with selfishness and pride



They are the good family over there-----and me and my family are just along for the ride


But the Bible tells us that that way of thinking is wrong


In fact, it teaches us that those kind of people are resistant to the Gospel ------ because they don't see themselves as needing help.


But us, us bottom feeder, poor, unkempt, left behind losers ------- we are the ones who respond

We the broken fatherless generation crying out for meaning and justice

We are the leftovers unwanted by society


We are the nobodies from nowhere who recognize that the only things in this life that have value, were given to us by God and not because of ourselves or our families


Mark 2:15-17 says this:

5 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”



The promises of God apply to anyone who believes, with people from every time, every land, every family, every language, every culture, every nation, every tribe, and every race.


But if you want to exclude yourself from that, then assume you and your family are better than others.


Ephesians 1:7–10

[7] In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, [8] which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight [9] making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ [10] as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.


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You see these blessings that He gave to His children, according to His purpose ------- revealed this mystery to us.


If someone says to you, that you are beyond the reach of God ----- politely tell them to shut it.


If you yourself begin to think that you are beyond the reach of God ----- politely tell yourself, to shut it.


If you hear someone who claims to be a Christian, say or hint or allude----- that someone else is beyond the reach of God ------ hit them with your Bible.


There are none beyond the reach of our Holy God


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I hope this sinks in------- and here comes more of that repetition ------


We should never exclude anyone when it comes to trying to reach them for Jesus.


And im sure you can think of a list of types of people who have been historically excluded from hearing the good news that God is available to anyone who repents and believes.


We are called to love and respect and preach the truth to everyone

Regardless of age // Race

Gender // Religion

Language // past life choices

Current life choices

There should be no Earthly circumstances that prevent you from telling them about Jesus Christ


We throw the seeds of His word on every type of soil, we water them ----- but it is God that gives the increase.


We never say:

“Oh that person won’t respond”

“That person won’t believe”

“They are too far gone look at the life they have lived and the things they have done, God could never reach that person.”


No!


The promises of God are open to all who repent and believe.


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So when we move forward from verse 9, we see that that mystery we just talked about------ came about “according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ [10] as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.


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God blesses His children, and these blessings are the avenues that He uses to:


Help us // Change us // Grow us // Move and empower us

And they are the means by which He Free us and gives our life meaning


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And all of it happens at just the right time in our individual lives, and in the grand scheme of things.

This what that phrase “the fullness of time” means


God is never late

He won’t leave any of His children lost and wandering


God has not forgotten about you.

His timing is perfect, flawless, He didn't lose track of anyone


In the fullness of time God will unite all things to Him, things in heaven, and things on earth.


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Like I said last week, and it’s been kind of the whole vibe of this first chapter of Ephesians, and that is ----- that God has absolute control of His world.


There are many chapters throughout Scripture that speak about this reality, and Ephesians 1 is most assuredly one of them.


God will unite all things to Him, things in heaven and things on Earth.


I guess the apostle Paul forgot to put a spoiler alert before that verse.


There is a time, in the future, in the fullness of time, when Jesus Christ will return to Earth, and bring everything to its completion.


Everything will be restored, ordered properly


Everything will be united to Him, either in His love and peace and joy, or in His judgement and wrath.


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There will be no loose ends-----

No one will be left behind-----


There won't be anyone who “missed

the bus”


There won’t be any extenuating circumstances that over power God’s will for humanity that He didn't already allow to exist and plan for their unfolding in our life----


All fake and fictitious gods will bow their knees to Him

All Nations and Governments will crumble before Him


Every knee shall bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is lord------but that doesn't mean that they will do it willingly


Spoiler alert - God wins

He won't inch by in victory // It won't be a close fight //

------ in fact, it’s not even a fair fight


This world is not a prize in a game of tug of war with God and the devil on opposing sides trying really hard to make each of their plans succeed.


There is no contest----

There is no fight between them----

The only things the devil can do in this world, are things that God allows Him.


The devil even needs God’s permission to rebel against Him.


All things will be united in Christ because of what


Isaiah 46:8–10 says:


[8] “Remember this and stand firm,

recall it to mind, you transgressors,


[9] remember the former things of old;

for I am God, and there is no other;

I am God, and there is none like me,


[10] declaring the end from the beginning

and from ancient times things not yet done,

saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,

and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ (ESV)


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Everything will be made to exist in the way it was intended to exist.

God will accomplish all of His purposes


All wrongs will be made right----

All wicked acts done in secret will be laid bare before the throne of judgment

All hurts will be healed

All governments that oppress and enslave their people will fall in the screams of terror born cries of being face to face with a Holy God

Never again, will there be sickness

No viruses

No cancer

No broken bodies


The world beyond this one, that awaits all who have been adopted ----- is our home.


This world and the garbage that populates it, is not our home fellow Christian.

We live here--

Experiences the issues alongside everyone else--

But this world does not get the final say, God does


There is hope-----

Not because of what country we live in

Not because of who runs that country

Not because of our economic system

Not because of our families and how much clout or sway they have

Not because of our jobs or paychecks

Not because of our parents or friends


There is only one hope in this world, and His name is Jesus Christ ------

And He will unite all things to Him, things in heaven and things on Earth.”


When He returns and reunites this world to Himself

Righting all wrongs---

Punishing all evil---


There will never be death again

Never again, will we bury a loved one

There will be no sickness

No disease

No hurt

No pain

No sorrow

No suffering


When all things are united to our King-----


There will be eternal, unending, all encompassing:

Passion

Joy

Peace

Comfort

Intimacy

Worship

Delight

Adoration


Forever we will dance upon the golden shores of eternity

Forever enveloped in the overwhelming flawless and perfect love radiating from the God of all the cosmos toward His glorified Children.


Jesus Christ is freedom.


Repent of your sins and believe in Him.




In closing -------

I hope I hammered home the reality that there are no Earthly divisions that have any sway on who does and doesn't receive blessings from God.


If you believe, you have been adopted, and the blessings are yours.


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But sometimes ------

Its hard to see this, right?


When we have a bad day---

A bad week--- A bad year

There are times in our life when it seems like God has abandoned us and when we hear the preacher say these words----

Or we read them in Scripture----


And it just buries the knife of our hurt even deeper.


We begin questioning ourselves ------ Questioning our faith


“Have I really repented?”

“Did I really mean it when I asked God to forgive me….or was I just desperate?”

“Has God adopted me?”

“I don't see any blessings in my life….so I must not be one of His children.”


My family has been looked down on---

I have been set aside and forgotten, even by my own family


How can these things that I read be true if i'm not feeling them or living them?


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I have 2 answers:

Come back next week as we look at verses 11-14




John 10:27–30

[27] My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. [28] I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. [29] My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. [30] I and the Father are one.” (ESV)


If you have repented of your sins and believed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it is because you heard the voice of your shepherd, and went to Him.


And there is nothing in all of reality, able to snatch you from His hand.


( → → Doxology ← ← )


Praise God from whom all blessings flow;


Praise Him all creatures here below:


Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts;


Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.


( → → Closing Prayer ← ← )


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