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YOU ARE NO MORE STRANGERS


Ephesians Ch 1:1-7

    4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
    5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 
    6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 
    7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

    Brothers you and I have been chosen by God. We were chosen before the foundation of the world. He says that we should be holy and without blame in love before God.

    He goes on to say in verse 5 that we were predestinated to the adoption as children of God by Jesus Christ by the will of God. To the praise of the glory of His grace. We are both accepted as God's children and beloved by Him.

    You and I have been redeemed from our sins by His grace. 
          
Ephesians Ch 1:17-23

  17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

    Our heavenly Father has now given to us the spirit of wisdom in our knowledge of who he is through our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
  18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 
  19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 
  20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 
  21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 
  22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 
  23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

    Brothers God has put all things under the feet of Jesus his Son. God made Jesus to be the head over all things to you and I who are the church. We the church are made to be Christ' body. Jesus is the head and you and I are his body the church.

    We have been enlightened with understanding. We are the saints and have inherited all the riches of God' glory. Jesus now sits at the right hand of God far above all things. His power and might and dominion, is over this world and the world to come.             

Ephesians Ch 2:1-22

   1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and 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: 
   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.

    You and I were once lost in our sin just as the lost world is in this day. We went about fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind. But, now are we new creatures by Jesus our Lord and Savior. You are forgiven by His death, burial, and resurrection.

   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;) 

   Do you see in verse 5 that we were dead in our sins, but that he has quickened our spirits together with Christ Jesus. You and I now have Jesus and Gods very own Holy Spirit living inside us and we are also with Jesus in heaven now. His spirit abides in us and we abide in Him.

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

   You have been saved by Gods grace through your faith in Christ Jesus. Not of your self or your works. 

   God has ordained us to do good works on this earth, however these good works do not save us it only shows others that Christ Jesus lives inside us as we try each day to walk Christ like. 

   We do fall short at times, but when we fall we are to pick our selves up, repent, and continue walking as we go about doing His work and completing the assignment that he has given us to do on this earth. Remember that you have been chosen by God before the foundation of this world. He knew you then and he gave you work to do now before He comes for us.

   I have told you before that the assignment given to you can not be completed by anyone else. If you do not do your assignment then it will not get done. If you do not know what gift he has given to you that you may complete then go to him in prayer until you know what you are to do.
 
  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. 
  14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

   See in verse 14 that he has made us one with Christ Jesus. The wall that divided us from Him is no more. We are now his body and just as we are now one with Him we are also one with our brothers in Christ Jesus. Do not allow well meaning uninformed men and women to keep us from fellow shipping with our brothers in Christ Jesus.
  
  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; 
  16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

   Jesus abolished the law which was our enemy.

   Do you recall that God said that man would never be able to live under the law because if you failed to live up to even one law then you were guilty of breaking them all. 

   This is why it was necessary to send His only begotten Son to this lost and dying world because Jesus was the only one who could live a perfect life and that by you and I accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior we who were lost could now be counted as righteous, sons and daughters of God. Only through Jesus was this possible.
    
  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: 
  22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

   Praise God! We are now fitly joined together with our brothers in Christ Jesus and are counted as the sons of God.       

Ephesians Ch 6:10-17     

 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 
 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 
 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

   Do you see here in verse 12 that you and I do not wrestle with flesh and blood. Our enemy is not our fellow man. But, our enemy is the devil and his demons who occupy and control the lost of this world. You and I are to use the whole armour of God to defeat satin and his workers of iniquity.
 
 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 
  14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 
  15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 
  16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 
  17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

   Your Armour Is:  1. TRUTH (Gods word)
                             2. RIGHTEOUSNESS
                             3. The GOSPEL (The Word of God)
                             4. FAITH (The Shield of Faith)
                             5. SALVATION (The Helmet of Salvation)
                             6. SWORD OF THE SPIRIT (The Word of God)

God bless you my brothers. Love all who lift up Jesus as Lord and Savior.

John Hipp
HVM - C3519