14. Ephesians 1: 1-2 Introduction or Salutation XIV.

December 5, 2017

Ephesians 1: 1 “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful IN CHRIST JESUS: 2 GRACE to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” Please forgive me my brothers and sisters, peace is not a key word in this book. My apologies, but you know what…I don’t care how foolish it might make me look, when I find that I’m wrong about something in these blogs I will be man enough to admit it and fix it.

The key word GRACE is used 3 times in the first 14 verses of The Book of Ephesians. Very often, when reading through the scripture, making mention of such a thing might seem unimportant…however, not one Word from God is without power, say the reading of Christ Will. Did you know that both the Old and New Testaments are both God’s Will?

If you’ve ever sat at the reading of a will knowing there is a possibility that there may be an inheritance in it for you, your ears would be fine-tuned, hanging on to every word. On the other hand, if you have no part in that inheritance most likely you won’t pay very much attention to it. I have no idea what church you belong to or how the Will/Word of God has been presented to you. However, I must make mention of this fact. The New Testament is the last Will and Testament of The LORD Jesus Christ, and we should know where that Will begins, where it ends and what is contained in said will. Therefore, I am warning you in advance, some toes may be stepped upon. The verses I’m about to used are extremely important to our relationship with The Will of God. I know most common way we think of the will of God of some abstract thing that we can never really know. But if you really study God’s word you will sign his will is quite clear to all of us. The Executors of that Will put their lives in peril to make sure that we had a copy of it. In addition, by doing so, we have become Executors or Ambassadors of that same Will (2nd Cor. 5:20). So we should pay very close attention to the next section, we will be coming back to GRACE:

Hebrews 9: 11 “But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. 16 For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.” (NKJV) You have no idea how much more I would love to say about these verse, but at another time.

 

In our Bibles, we usually see at the end of The Book of Malichi one lone page that says “The New Testament”. Most people never really give it any thought at all. However, the translators added that page at their own discretion. We’ve been led to believe that The New Covenant/Testament began with the Book of Matthew, I believed it too. I don’t think they did it deceitfully, but in ignorance. The Synoptic Gospels, Matthew through Luke, are historical accounts of the life, death, and resurrection of our LORD Jesus Christ from similar points of view, while contrasted that of John. The Book of Acts is also a historical account, written be Dr. Luke of The Church and it’s humble but miraculous beginnings. However, The New Covenant in which we base our faith wasn’t inaugurated until after the death of its Testator, i.e., The LORD Jesus Christ. Heb. 9: 16-17 is clear about this. Jesus’ walked this earth and died under The Old Covenant, so that lone page at the end of Malichi is misleading…I think unintentionally, although still misleading. The New Covenant was not in effect until after the death of Christ. In addition, the beneficiaries of that Covenant/Will would need to know what they have inherited and receive it. Now if no one reads said Will, it will just sit on a bookshelf or coffee table collecting dust. Moreover, it is of no use to it beneficiaries. The contents of that Will may as well be a check for $100,000,000,000 that never gets cashed. The New Covenant/Testament/Will is actually Romans-Jude. Revelation is apocryphal, speaking solely of end-time events. But contained in those epistles are hidden all the treasures or spiritual blessings we as The Children of God will ever need, which is our inheritance. Unfortunately, many will read these words and blow them off as some type of heresy because their Pastor never mentioned it. And to that I say, shame on you church leaders because you really should know better:

 

 

Hosea 4: 6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being My priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”

In Ephesians 1:2 we see that GRACE is the means by which God The Father and The LORD Jesus Christ invites us into His family, and adopts us as His own special possesion. In most of Paul’s letters he extends to his audience The GRACE of God. which is a major key word in this book. The Body of Christ has inherited the GRACE of God by the shear virtue of His goodness…GOD IS LOVE; this is a spiritual blessing.

Our Heavenly Father has promised to meet all of our needs according (or based upon) His riches in Glory, by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19). When you begin to just naturally, supernaturally connect the dots, we come back to Ephesians 1: 3 “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,” To be continued…

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