Paul is saying to both these people groups who are so very alienated from each other – because of what Jesus did, not only are you brought close to him, but you are brought close to each other.
Dying to life as our world defines it is being raised to life as Jesus defines it!
What are you living for?
Everything else besides Jesus’ purpose will fail; it will fade with death. God has determined that all of this is going to serve Jesus’ purposes.
This message this morning brings us to the end of Ephesians 1, Paul says this story is all about Jesus. Jesus’ reign is one that goes on for eternity. You get one shot, one life to be a part of this great story.
Get involved in it.
In today’s world, if people could really understand what we mean by eternal security, I don’t believe you could keep them away from Jesus with a machine gun. People just don’t understand what it means to know the Blessings of our God in Jesus Christ.
Can the modern Church, with its thousands of separate denominations, really display the type of unity Paul writes about in Ephesians?
Prayer is one of the most important gifts that God gives to us in our pursuit to answer the commands Jesus gave to us – loving God and loving each other. It it may sound somewhat cliché or even anticlimactic to say that prayer is the primary vehicle we can use but it’s true…it’s absolutely true and critically important that we understand this together….
Love is not a theory…. God intends for it to be much more than that.
The question I think for so many, as they ponder this transition to the new year is: “Where shall we find a constant that could sustain the ebb and flow of events that seem to be cascading over us, day after day, removing any sense of control that we seem to think we have…?”
FBK, that’s a question we have to wrestle with together… what is God calling us to do in this new year – what is our purpose in the Kingdom in this new and uncertain time? We have some ideas to share, as you might expect.