10/05/19 In Christ

READING: Isaiah 1-2, Ephesians 1

In Jesus, our life is never again the same. In fact, don’t miss words like “in Christ” and “in Him” in Ephesians 1—a chapter that includes a series of images that remind us who we are in Christ:

  • He has “blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Eph 1:3)
  • God “chose us in him” (Eph 1:4)
  •  He “predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ. . . . “ (Eph 1:5)
  • “to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves” (Eph 1:6)
  • In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Eph 1:10)
  • In him we were also chosen” (Eph 1:11)
  • “you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation”  (Eph. 1:13)
  • “When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit” (Eph 1:13)

Other images like these echo in much of the book of Ephesians. At the bottom line, however, is this truth: our salvation is not dependent on us, but on God.  It is entirely in Him and through Him that we have life. He is worthy of our praise and our obedience.

PRAYER: “Thank You, God, for all You’ve done for me.”     

TOMORROW’S READING: Review and catch-up day

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