Monday, June 26, 2017 4:16 AM

Three Simple Glories of Grace

Monday, June 26, 2017 4:16 AM
Monday, June 26, 2017 4:16 AM

Three Simple Glories of Grace

God chose us:

2 Th 2:13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.

Christ redeems us:

Eph 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace

Holy Spirit guarantees us:

 Eph 1:13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, Eph 1:14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

 

 

Sunday, June 25, 2017 4:18 AM

Adoption in Christ

Sunday, June 25, 2017 4:18 AM
Sunday, June 25, 2017 4:18 AM

What is every spiritual blessing? When Paul wrote this letter, adoption had a larger significance than it does today. Adoption meant that the son would inherit not only the father’s estate, but he would also inherit any position the father held. If the father was the patron of a political or military position of leadership, the son inherited those duties and leadership.

For example:

Pompey the Great recruited an army from among his father’s clients in the region of Picenum (a northwest Italian coastal area; Velleius Paterculus 2.29), and likewise, through his adoption by Julius Caesar, Octavian (Augustus) inherited the allegiance of his “father’s” (his great-uncle by birth) soldiers, which gave him immediate resources to prosecute his bid to “save” the Roman Republic by transforming it into an empire[i]

These verses indicate a greater adoption then we would imagine by today’s standards of adoption…God is gracious.

Eph 1:5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,

 Ga 4:7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

Graeco-Roman adoptees were often members of the father’s extended relations. In the case of believers, God has taken the most distant foreigners to be his kin for inheritance of his whole estate. Not the deserving or good (Rom 5:7), not many well-born, powerful, or wise (1 Cor 1:26–30), but those who were “by nature” not of his kin at all but “children of wrath” (Eph 2:3) and darkened “sons of disobedience” (Eph 5:6, 8; also 4:17–24)—his helpless, wicked, sinful enemies (Rom 5:6–10) under thrall to the realm of darkness (Eph 2:1–3; Col 1:13; John 8:44; etc.). God does not place these new sons into a subordinate, inferior family; he appoints them all to become coheirs with his natural, firstborn Son, in whom the whole creation is “summarized” (v. 10) for corule over all things with him as those who have been coseated with him in the high-heavenlies (2:6; Rom 8:14–17, 29–32; cf. Gal 3:26–4:7; Col 1:12–14; 2 Tim 2:12; Rev 3:21). These stupendous acts of divine grace have no parallel in Graeco-Roman society. It surpasses even the unthinkable idea of the Roman emperor adopting a slave from the most barbaric hinterlands to be the next emperor. It is no wonder that Paul exults in “praise of the glory of his grace, which he bestowed on us in his Beloved” (1:6).[1]

 

[1] Baugh, S. M. (2015). Ephesians: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary. (W. H. House, H. W. Harris III, & A. W. Pitts, Eds.) (p. 87). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[i] Baugh, S. M. (2015). Ephesians: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary. (W. H. House, H. W. Harris III, & A. W. Pitts, Eds.). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Saturday, June 24, 2017 4:58 AM

Seven Spiritual Blessings of Predestination

Saturday, June 24, 2017 4:58 AM
Saturday, June 24, 2017 4:58 AM

Seven Spiritual Blessings of Predestination

Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, Eph 1:4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love Eph 1:5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, Eph 1:6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

The seven spiritual blessings of predestination in Jesus Christ:

  1. God’s motive: Love
  2. God’s goal: Adoption
  3. God’s mediation: Through Christ
  4. God’s adoption: To himself
  5. God’s standard: Pleasure of his will
  6. God’s result: For the praise of the glory of his grace
  7. Our result: Forgiveness of sins
Friday, June 23, 2017 4:23 AM

Seven Works of the Spirit

Friday, June 23, 2017 4:23 AM
Friday, June 23, 2017 4:23 AM
  1. We are: Filled

Ac 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

  1. We are: Divinely Enabled

Ex 31:3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, Ex 31:4 to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, Ex 31:5 in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.

  1. We are: Gifted

1 Co 12:4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit

  1. We are: Kept

2 Co 1:22 and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

  1. We are: Regenerated and Renewed

Tt 3:5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit…

  1. We are: Taught

Jn 14:26But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

  1. We are” Given Truth

Jn 16:12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. Jn 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:31 AM

Opening Benediction Ephesians (1:3–14)

Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:31 AM
Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:31 AM

           

  1. For the Father’s eternal, gracious purpose (1:3–6a)
  2. For the Son’s climactic, redemptive accomplishment (1:6b–10)
  3. For the Spirit’s down payment of the new creation (1:11–14)[1]

Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, Eph 1:4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love Eph 1:5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, Eph 1:6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. Eph 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, Eph 1:8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight Eph 1:9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ Eph 1:10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. Eph 1:11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, Eph 1:12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. Eph 1:13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, Eph 1:14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

 

 

 

[1] Baugh, S. M. (2015). Ephesians: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary. (W. H. House, H. W. Harris III, & A. W. Pitts, Eds.) (p. 71). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

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