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Equipping Saints

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Our position “in Christ” is secure forever. Don’t get it backwards. We do our best to obey because we are “in Christ,” not in order to get the favor of God by our good deeds.

Today’s Reading: Ephesians 4
Key Verses: Ephesians 4:13

“Until we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”

In the first three chapters of Ephesians, we are taught that God “has made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6). We’ve been enjoying “the gift of God” (Eph. 2:8-9), which is salvation. In the last three chapters, we descend back down to earth. Like the astronauts, there is danger in re-entry and danger in the landing. Here on earth, we must: (1) learn to get along in unity with each other, (2) pay attention to Godly leaders, (3) grow up and be “no longer children tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine,” (4) “put off  the old man, which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.” (5) put away “all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking,” and (6) learn to “be kind to one another, tenderhearted…(and) forgiving.” Remember, our failure to be perfect does not change the message of the first three chapters. Our position “in Christ” is secure forever. Don’t get it backwards. We do our best to obey because we are “in Christ,” not in order to get the favor of God by our good deeds.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, here on earth it’s sometimes hard to always do what is right. Forgive me for the wrong I have done and will probably do again. According to Your Word, I pray for constant cleansing from sin. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8-9). Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I remember my father preaching from 1 John 1:7, “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” As a Greek language teacher, my father pointed out that the Greek verb translated “cleanses” denotes something that has happened, is happening, and will continue to happen all the time. Isn’t that comforting to know that God always sees us as clean because He sees us under the blood of Jesus? Hallelujah!

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