Why You Were Saved

The emphasis in Ephesians is that we are a body. In the first three chapters, Paul is discussing the theology of the body. In the second three chapters – Paul is discussing the practice of the body. Ephesians 1.4-6a contains the blueprints for the body. You are I are part of that marvelous body. Today we will talk about why God created the body.

I. Ephesians 1.4 – HOLY AND BLAMELESS

  1. 1.4 – even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him.
    1. Paul is not talking about how one is saved, but for what purpose he/she is saved. It is the ultimate end of our salvation.
    2. Compare Colossians 1.22; Ephesians 5.27
  2. When you see what the focus is, then everything else falls into place.
    1. He chose us in Him. The only ones who are holy and blameless are those who have chosen Him.
    2. The “us” in 1.4 are those who believe, those who choose to respond.
  3. God predestined the result of salvation – not the beginning of it.
    1. Those who respond to the call will end up looking like Jesus.
    2. Romans 8.28-30; Philippians 1.6; 2 Corinthians 3.18

II. Ephesians 1.5a – PREDESTINED FOR ADOPTION AS SONS

  1. 1.5a – In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ… This goes beyond our comprehension.
  2. 1.5a – In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ… See a close, personal relationship.
  3. 1.5a – In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ… God is bringing together a people in whom He can delight and enjoy.

III. 1.5B-6a – God did all this for His glory

  1. 1.5b – God took great delight in thinking about His future people, thinking kindly about them.
  2. 1.6a -it’s all for a purpose – the praise of His glorious grace.

Conclusion

  1. Psalm 136.23-24 – When you think about it, all you can do is praise Him. Thank Him. Live for Him. Be an active part of His body….
  2. The source of our life is Jesus. By His sacrifice, we’ve been born again. Have you?

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