Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

The Knowledge of Truth

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 choose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blame less before him.  (v.3,4)

     Apostle Paul begins his letter to the Ephesians with a doxology to God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit. Paul is always quick in praising the Lord as he realizes that every precious, spiritual blessing comes from above, through Christ.  Similarly, we need to be quick in recognizing the spiritual blessings and give praise and all glory to the Lord, from whom all blessings come. We need to be able to discern the true meaning of spiritual blessings and how they apply specifically to each of us, today. First, Paul wants to teach us the following aspects about our spiritual blessings.   
     We are chosen. We don’t deserve God’s willingness to choose us.  It is not based on our personal merits but it’s the Lord’s decision to do so even before we had any input.  If we trust and obey Him and His Word, the Bible, allowing the Holy Spirit to empower us for life and service, walk in His sanctifying fullness, then we are assured of total victory.  We do have ample reason to rejoice in this totally free gift of salvation, as there is no other way that we can either earn or deserve such favor!
      Secondly, Paul reminds us of the fact that: We are in the plan of God.  We are told in God’s Word that He has a plan for each one of us.  Our birth and death is in this plan. And  also, we have only one life in this world.   There are no second chances. Our eternal destiny depends on what decisions we’ve made while we are alive on this earth.  Either we can live worldly life without accepting Jesus Christ or we can live for the glory of the kingdom of God with accepting Jesus Christ as personal Savior and Lord. If we are accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and savior, we are destined to share and enjoy this reward for an eternity. God is a holy and loving God who loves us so much that He gave His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, as a willing sacrifice on Calvary’s Cross.  He gave Himself as a willing sacrifice for our sins.  We are precious in God’s sight.  We are chosen!  As a loving heavenly Father, He bestows His very best for each of us.  We can receive, inherit, and enjoy His blessings by accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and allowing Him to be all in us in the power of the Holy Spirit
     Thirdly Paul is teaching us that we are responsible too. We are responsible for our choices and actions in life. With greater freedom come greater responsibilities. As we run life’s race, make sure that we yield to the Holy Spirit, listen to God, His Words, and pray ceaselessly.  We only have one race in this life. There are no re-runs.  So, we need to get it right the very first time and finish it well.

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ come reign and rule in our heart and life and fill us with your mercy and sanctify us in fullness!  Amen.  

Thought for the Day:  We are in the plan of God

Santhosh Abraham , Christos  MTC, Philadelphia