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:
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.
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
what is the exceeding greatness of
his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
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
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;
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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;
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:
now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of
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.
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;
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.
came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the
saints, and of the household of God;
are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ
himself being the chief corner stone;
whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the
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
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.
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.
therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the
breastplate of righteousness;
your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the
fiery darts of the wicked.
take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of
Your Armour Is: 1. TRUTH (Gods word)
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.
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