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God’s Plan Is Eternal    Eph. 1:1-14    Sept. 05, 2010


Introduction

       The Book of Ephesians uses the term, “In Christ”, 17 times. If you draw a circle and place each quality, “In Christ”, inside that circle you recognize anew how blessed a saved person becomes In Christ. Add to that concept that we not only have these qualities right now but forever because God’s Plan Is Eternal. What a privilege.

 

1.   God’s Plan Is Eternal In His . . Sovereign Call. 1:1-4

       A.   The Call To Be . . Saints. 1:1

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God's will: To the saints and believers in Christ Jesus at Ephesus.

 

       B.   The Call To Receive . . Spiritual Blessings. 1:2-3 

              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 heavens, in Christ;

 

       C.   The Call To Be . . Sanctified In God’s Sight. 1:4

              4 for He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In

       love!


       The term, “saints”, in the Bible speaks about all saved people. It does not represent a person whose life, after death, gets evaluated for years and then some group decides that person can be elevated to, “sainthood.” If you know you have acknowledge the Lordship of Christ in your life and received His salvation; you are a saint. It is not achieved by man but granted by the Lord. We are called to be saints and receive spiritual blessings. Why does God do this? He wants us to be sanctified for the purpose of being holy and blameless in His sight. Why would anybody think they could work their way to such perfection? It is provide within the call of God.

 

2.   God’s Plan Is Eternal In His . . Saving Grace. 1:5-8

       A.   Saving Grace Causes Us To Be . . Adopted. 1:5-6

              5 He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will,

       6 to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.

 

       B.   Saving Grace Causes Our Us To Receive . . Atonement. 1:7-8

7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the

       riches of His grace 8 that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.


       Dr. Jack Stanton used to tell this great story about his daughter finally receiving legal adoption papers. The struggle with the courts etc., greatly delayed the finalization of her adoption. She was fearful of almost everything. Then when the adoption was final, Jack and his wife went camping, and this daughter got sleepy and after dark left the fireside to walk back to the cabins. Jack asked if she was afraid and she said, “no I have been adopted.” Saving Grace causes us to be adopted into the family of God. His grace simultaneously provides for the atonement of our sin. Oh what a saving Grace! Amen?

 


3.   God’s Plan Is Eternal In His . . Son’s Sacrifice. 1:9-12

       A.   The Son’s Sacrifice . . According To God Will. 1:9

9 He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure that He planned in

       Him

 

       B.   The Son’s Sacrifice . . Administered Through The Work Of The Messiah. 1:10-12

10 for the administration of the days of fulfillment—to bring everything together in the Messiah,

       both things in heaven and things on earth in Him. 11 In Him we were also made His inheritance,

       predestined according to the purpose of the One who works out everything in agreement with the decision

       of His will, 12 so that we who had already put our hope in the Messiah might bring praise to His glory.


       If you were God would you allow your Son to die for this sinful world? I say an emphatic and absolute No!

That illustrates the level of love in my will. However the text tells of God’s love and His will. The death of Christ took place because it accomplished the will of God. This Messiah administered the plan as He came, lived, and died in agreement with the perfect will of the Father.



 

4.   God’s Plan Is Eternal In His . . Sealing By The Holy Spirit. 1:13-14

       A.   The Sealing Of The Holy Spirit . . Given When We Believed. 1:13

13 In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation—in Him when you

       believed—were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.

 

       B.   The Sealing Of The Holy Spirit . . Guaranteeing Redemption. 1:14

              14 He is the down payment of our inheritance, for the redemption of the possession, to the praise of His

       glory. HCSB

 

The Christian is given the Holy Spirit at salvation. In our text it says this sealing happened when we

believed. The Holy Spirit is given! You do not work it up; you received Him. His sealing and indwelling the believer happened as a simultaneous act. This sealing and indwelling of the Spirit are guarantees that we have been saved. At salvation we receive eternal life. It is a spiritual life and lives after this earthly life has died;

this is true because God’s Plan Is Eternal. Amen? Amen!