16. Ephesians 1:1-3 Introduction~The Blessing of Peace XVI. (NASB)

December 3, 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. 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,” (NASB)

Let’s focus on another aspect of The Apostle Paul’s letters. There is a lot of confusion among churches and Theologians who adhere to so many different winds of doctrine:

Ephesians 4: 14 “Then we will no longer be little children, tossed and carried about by all kinds of teachings that change like the wind. We will no longer be influenced by people who use cunning and clever strategies to lead us astray. 15 Instead, AS WE LOVINGLY SPEAK THE TRUTH, we will grow up completely in our relationship to Christ, who is the head. 16 He makes the whole body fit together and unites it through the support of every joint. As each and every part does its job, he makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”

You may have noticed this or maybe haven’t. Or maybe you’re the one being tossed to and fro, and if that is the case you might think that’s normal. Lately I’ve discovered that out of the thirteen letters in The New Testament, Paul’s name is in the salutation. Many Theologians and churches who adhere to their commentaries disagree about whether Paul actually wrote some of them. I won’t go into detail about which of these epistles all the fuss is about, but I will say this…I don’t really care. What I do care about is what’s contained within the writings of these epistles. As stated in a earlier post, these letters are the majority of The New Covenant written in Christ Blood. What that means is that Christ spilled His precious Blood to purchase our Redemption. In addition, the Children of God have inherited so much more. The reading of God’s Will is from The Book of Romans to Jude. What was written in the Old Testament is The Law of Moses (The Pentateuch or Torah), while The Gospels contain the life and times of the ministry of The LORD Jesus Christ and the training of the twelve disciples. All of these things took place under the Old Covenant; Christ birth, His ministry, sufferings, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. Acts is the historical account of pouring out of The Holy Spirit and the influence He had on The Church and her humble beginnings. Now before your say “I don’t believe that”, take the time to search these things out on your own. Do not allow that lone page between Malachi and Matthew that says “The New Testament” be a part of your church doctrine? Take note of the words written on the page below:

 

Luke 2: 24 “And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord, “A pair of turtle doves or two young pigeons”

Christ was born under The Law of Moses, His parents kept The Law of Moses, He grew up under that Law, lived, died and fulfilled that Law. Christ was the final sacrifice acceptable to God The Father while still under The Law of Moses. Just because The Holy Spirit inspire men to write The Gospels, doesn’t mean the events that took place in The Gospels happen under The New Covenant because The Testator of that Covenant still lived. Hebrew 9: 15 “For this reason He (Christ) is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called (The Church) may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. 16 For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it. 17 For a covenant is valid only when men are dead, for it is never in force while the one who made it lives.” Therefore, Christ Jesus did not live under The New Covenant, but we do.

Galatians 2: 20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. 21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.” To be continued…

 

 

 

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