Ephesians 1:3-14

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5 June, 2017

5

JUN

EPHESIANS 1:3-14

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, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 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, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 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, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1:11 (NIV)

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,

Roger’s thoughts;

Jesus works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will. Jesus works it all out. If we are living in a relationship with Jesus he works out the will for our lives.

We do not need to worry about our future, Jesus works it out.

We do not need to worry if we are in the will of God, Jesus works it out.

We do not need to fear the temptations of the enemy, Jesus works it out.

Our only responsibility is to be in a faithful growing relationship with Jesus, desiring to live our lives for Him. If we do that, then our lives will be in the purposes of His will, because Jesus works it all out.

If people choose to live outside of a relationship with Jesus, then the purposes of His will for them will not be lived out and they will never fulfil what God has planned for them.

As you live for Jesus, you never need to ask if you are in the will of God, Why? Because Jesus works it out.

Now you may be thinking that there have been times when you have made a bad decision and done the wrong thing. Maybe, just maybe God allows mistakes as part of his work so that we grow, mature and learn.

Yearly Bible Reading Plan: Proverbs 30 & 31; Psalm 33; Ephesians 1