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:
- God’s motive: Love
- God’s goal: Adoption
- God’s mediation: Through Christ
- God’s adoption: To himself
- God’s standard: Pleasure of his will
- God’s result: For the praise of the glory of his grace
- Our result: Forgiveness of sins
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- 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.
- 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.
- We are: Gifted
1 Co 12:4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit
- 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.
- 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…
- 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.
- 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.
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- For the Father’s eternal, gracious purpose (1:3–6a)
- For the Son’s climactic, redemptive accomplishment (1:6b–10)
- For the Spirit’s down payment of the new creation (1:11–14)
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.
Published on Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 4:31 AM CDT
The apostle Paul did not pray for the mundane things of this world. In every prayer, Paul would use the same words used in Proverbs to describe wisdom—understanding, knowledge, and discernment. Here in Philippians 1.9, Paul uses knowledge and discernment. The world is unable to approve what is excellent because the world lacks wisdom.
Php 1:9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, Php 1:10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, Php 1:11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 4:53 AM CDT
The steps are found in Isaiah 1.18 and James 4.7-10:
Step 1. Come and reason with God. God understands doubt.
Is 1:18a “Come now, let us reason together
Step 2. Submit yourself to God.
Jas 4:7a Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Step 3. Start to resist sin.
Jas 4:7b Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Step 4. Draw Near to God and God will draw near to you.
Jas 4:8a Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Step 5. Repent of your sins.
Jas 4:8b Cleanse your hands, you sinners, purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Step 6. Know and understand that your past sins were not good for you.
Jas 4:9 Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.
Step 7. Humble yourself in worship and in life.
Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
The Result: Your sins will be forgiven, and you will enter God’s rest and find peace.
Isa 1:18b says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
God desires that you be saved and have the truth. It is good and pleasing to be at rest with God.
1 Ti 2:3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 1 Ti 2:4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Published on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 @ 4:05 AM CDT