Mysterious Riches of Christ —Ephesians 3 #1

Ephesians 3 New Living Translation (NLT)

God’s Mysterious Plan Revealed

When I think of all this, I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus for the benefit of you Gentiles[a] . . . assuming, by the way, that you know God gave me the special responsibility of extending his grace to you Gentiles. As I briefly wrote earlier, God himself revealed his mysterious plan to me. As you read what I have written, you will understand my insight into this plan regarding Christ. God did not reveal it to previous generations, but now by his Spirit he has revealed it to his holy apostles and prophets.

And this is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because they belong to Christ Jesus.[b] By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News.

Though I am the least deserving of all God’s people, he graciously gave me the privilege of telling the Gentiles about the endless treasures available to them in Christ. I was chosen to explain to everyone[c] this mysterious plan that God, the Creator of all things, had kept secret from the beginning.

10 God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.

12 Because of Christ and our faith in him,[d] we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. 13 So please don’t lose heart because of my trials here. I am suffering for you, so you should feel honored.

REFERENCES & REFLECTIONS

  1. 3:1 Paul resumes this thought in verse 14: “When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father.”
  2. 3:6 Or because they are united with Christ Jesus.
  3. 3:9 Some manuscripts do not include to everyone.
  4. 3:12 Or Because of Christ’s faithfulness.

Stop Working, Start Receiving — Grace by Francis Chan Crazy Love ministry

Works Versus Faith

Galatians 2:16-21 New International Version (NIV)

16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in[a] Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.

17 “But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! 18 If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker.

19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God.

20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”[b]

references & reflections

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galatians_2

Children of Christ’s Spiritual Gifts Ephesians 4 #2

7 Now to each one of us grace has been given according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

8This is why it says: “When He ascended on high, He led captives away, and gave gifts to men.”

11 And it was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,

12 to equip the saints for works of ministry, to build up the body of Christ

Ephesians 4:7-8, 9-12

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Children of Christ Jesus! God’s Saints and Christ’s chosen body. Let us grow together as one body and build Christ’s ministry in maturity and unity

Unity in the Body

7 Now to each one of us grace has been given according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

8This is why it says: “When He ascended on high, He led captives away, and gave gifts to men.”

11 And it was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,

12 to equip the saints for works of ministry, to build up the body of Christ

Ephesians 4:7-8, 9-12

So that we will grow up into Christ, the head of the church’s body. Let’s…

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Salvation. Neglect Not God’s Gifts! Hebrews 2 #3

3 how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? This salvation was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

4 and was affirmed by God through signs,wonders,various miracles,and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.

Hebrews 2:3-4

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Why would you reject the free gifts of God’s grace? He has given us:

  1. Salvation
  2. Signs
  3. Wonders
  4. Miracles
  5. Gifts of the Holy Spirit
  6. Will of the Holy Spirit
  7. Jesus Christ, His one and only begotten Son

3how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? This salvation was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

4 and was affirmed by Godthrough signs,wonders,various miracles,and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to His will.

Hebrews 2:3-4

Rejoice! Receive God’s gifts freely, cheerfully and with welcome arms! Hallelujah

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