Inspirational Photography and God's Word - Company Message

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Brothers by the grace of God are we saved. We were once lost, worldly, evil beings just as Paul is teaching here in the second chapter of Ephesians.

1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

God quickened our spirits when we were lost in our sins.

2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

The lost of this day are children of disobedience just as we were.

3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

By grace you are now saved. We did not choose God, he choose us. He loved us before we loved him. Our sole is secure in Jesus.

6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Brothers you and I are to work for God, but we are not saved by our works.

10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Please see that God hath ordained us to walk in good works, and to know that we are saved by the cleansing blood of Jesus. Our works are required of us, but we are not saved by those works least we should boost of those works.

11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the 
commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

We were indeed far off from God, but because of Jesus we are now near to God the Father.

14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

There is no wall dividing us from God anymore. 'Praise God!'

15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

He tells us here in verse 15 above that the law of commandments were our enemy. Jesus made us a new man of peace in God.

16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:

22In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Brothers we are fitly joined together now and forever. God's very own Holy Spirit has come to reside inside each of us who know Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Please do not allow men to complicate your salvation, for some men love to think themselves more righteous than you and I, but they are not. If you know Jesus then you are made the righteousness of God by his death, burial, and resurrection. 

Brothers, walk in this truth as you go about doing the work that God has assigned you to do.

God bless you my brothers in Christ Jesus.

John Hipp
HVM - C5619