February 26, 2019 - The non-believer asks of the believer, “Just what is it that this Jesus that you speak of has done for you that makes you love him and speak of him so?
The apostle Paul explains what it is like as a believer to have the love of the Father and the Christ as he explains to the church at Ephesus. As he gives thanks first to the Heavenly Father and then to the Christ for the many blessings all receive as heirs to the throne of God, our true inheritance.
“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 he 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.” (Ephesians 1:3-6)
Praise and glory to the Father for it is by his grace that we are redeemed of our sinful lives and made whole in him through Christ Jesus which he sent to us to sacrifice, for us, his earthly life that we too might become heirs to the throne of God. But to Christ Jesus also for it is through him that we are lifted from the pit of destruction and into the light of life.
“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 heaven and things on earth.
What has Christ done for me? He has given me eternal life through the sacrifice of his blood on the cross of Calvary.
Through him, I have been made whole in the Spirit of God, set aside, for God’s pleasure and for his will which he pours out on me as his grace and goodness through Christ Jesus.
By his grace our Lord God brings all believers together, in Christ, as one, alive together with Christ, forever.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ - by grace you have been saved - and raised us up with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:4-10)
Why do I and all believers love Jesus? Because through God’s amazing grace and the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, we are fellow heirs to the throne of God
So too can you be as well. Salvation is for everyone who will accept the gift of God, given through the blood of Jesus Christ, once and for all… May you know his blessings this day and forever…