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Enjoying The Heavenly Places in Christ

September 1st, 2017

In Ephesians 1:3 Paul wrote these words, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” The Christian is a heavenly person. He is not “of this world.” Philippians 3:20 tells us that we are “citizens of heaven.”

What does this mean to the Christian? It means that we do not let the things of this world, which is anti-God, dictate how we live. We have been called out of a kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of the Lord Jesus (Col. 1:2-14.). The Word of God is our constitution,especially the New Testament. We find in its pages how to live and act as “citizens of heaven,” and enjoy all the blessings in Christ!

Jesus said that He came to give us the abundant life. We should desire all that the Godhead has for us. Paul told the Colossians that we should “seek the things that are above.” We must, therefore, strive to conduct our lives with a heavenly emphasis. We need to renew our minds spiritually.

We have received these spiritual blessings so that we can praise God! The Lord has promised to equip us for service so that we can reach the lost and strengthen the saved. These blessings that we have as “citizens of heaven” are to help us grow daily in “the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

We cannot live the Christian life by ourselves. We need the help of the Lord at all times. Satan is out there ” as a roaring lion,seeking whom he may devour.” Because of that, we need the assurance that “greater is He who in you than he who is in the world.”

Christians should seek everything God has for us so that we can be equipped to live Him, always learning from the Word of God, and being active in His service while we look forward to the time when the Lord returns for His Church to take us home to the full reality of the Heavenly kingdom.

While we have been promised all the blessings today, one day we will enjoy them on a higher scale when we see Him face to face. If we avail ourselves of all that He has for us and use the blessings to bring glory to Him, we will “let our light shine for Him.”

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Thoughts From Ephesians – Number 11

May 2nd, 2015

In Christ, We Are God’s Workmanship (Eph.2:8-10)

We were not  saved   on our  won  merit. We  did to deserve  mercy, rather we deserved  judgment.  Salvation  is  entirely  by  grace, although we  must  appropriate  that grace  by  obedience to the  commands of God.  But we must  realize that  we  can  never  earn our  salvation.  We can  never be saved  by  law keeping.  this  does  not  mean that we  do  not obey  His  commands.  We can  never  put our trust  in anything that  man can accomplish on his own.

Verse  9  back ups that  fact  we cannot earn our salvation.  To say  we  can  earn it smacks of arrogance.  Grace  eliminates all such  arrogance. There is only One who should be exalted in salvation, and that is God.  Our  only  boasting must  be in the Lord.

Paul says it well when he writes, “What do you have that  you  didn’t receive? If, in fact you did receive it?” (1 Cor. 4:7) And since we have received this  salvation, “The one who boasts must boast in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 1:31).

We can never  work our way  to heaven but once  we are Christians we  ned to be the  best  workers He  has.  Works  are not the root of our salvation, rather, they are  the fruit of salvation. We must have a  living faith, a  functioning  faith. Because we are God’s workmanship in Christ Jesus, people should  see our  good works.  Jesus said, “In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see you  good works and  give  glory to your Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

So let us live out  our faith daily and  walk in the Lord. Once we were in darkness, being controlled  by the world, the  flesh, and the Devil. But God made us alive through an obedient faith  in Christ, and now we are walking in Christ  doing  good works.

Larry Miles, May 1, 2015 in Mangum, OK

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Thoughts From Ephesians – Number 9

May 1st, 2015

Apart From Christ, We Were Spiritually Dead (Eph. 2:1-3)

In Ephesians 2:1-10  we have  a kind of “before” and “after” picture painted for us.  The   first three verse who us  why  we needed the  change.

In verse one the  word  “and”  connects the  preceding  paragraph.  appeal refers to both  Gentile and  Jew in  verse1.  He also has the   word “were.” It  denotes our spiritual condition when God  made us  alive. “Dead” means  spiritual  separation  from God  The  word  “sins”  means “missing the mark,” as in shooting an  arrow.

Verse 2  tells us how we  lived  prior to  our conversion to  Christ.  Guy Orbison, Jr writes the  following, “the phrase  “you walked,” images life as a  journey, implying, going  in a certain direction.”

Prior  to our coming to  Christ all of us in the  control, whether we  knew it or  not  of “prince of the power of the  air,” a name for Satan. We  blindly  followed the direction of the “world.”  Our life was a  life of  disobedience.

Verse  3 tells us that because of our  condition of  disobedience   that we are by nature  children of wrath, thus being  doomed  to Hell.  Praise  God that the  story did not  end with this  verse.  The good news  for  Christians is that God’s wrath has been fired out not on us but  on the  Savior.  In our next study,we have two of the sweetest  words in Scipture: “But God.”  As Paul harvey said, “Now you know the rest of the  story.”

-Larry Miles, May 1, 2015 in Mangum, OK

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