How to stay saved
Ephesian Chapter 1
Written 62 A.D.
Conflict between Jews and gentiles concerning the promise.
The Christian Jews of Ephesus do not think the promise is for the gentiles.
This teaching is toward those who are holding on to their faith but some times are in doubt about their salvation.
One reason one can be in doubt or on the verge of fainting could be because they do not fully understand the cross of Jesus. That is, the sacrifice that Jesus made. Some do not know how much God really love them and always has. For those who want a complete insight into our God, Jesus, and me relationship, then this session is for you. It will give you strength to carry on and will be a new message for you to share with others to win them into the fold.
Chapter 1 reads, Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus.
First of all Paul let those whom he is writing know that he is a servant of God. We as saints must not be afraid to speak up for Jesus. This is our duty as saints. An ashamed saint is no good to God. Jesus said, " If you are ashamed of him he will be ashamed of you before the Father(God). Next, he acknowledge that it is by the will of God that he is able to do the things he does. He give God the thanks and the praise. This is an everyday must for all of us. Never forgetting that it is God that is in control of our lives. I mean every aspects of it. We cannot do anything without his help. It is by the will of God that Paul is able to write to the saints at Ephesus.
Verse 2: "Grace be to you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ".
Like Paul, we would each other to be in the best of health, and things going well in each others life. Grace here is many blessing. Also as children of God and a family, we pray for each other, that it will be well with God, that all your days will be pleasing before his eyes.
Verse 3: "Blessed be the God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:"
We give God the Honor and Glory who has all power in himself. God is the Father of Jesus, just like we who have fathers. Because God gave the life of his Son for us, we are now blessed through Christ throughout our daily lives. God gave the Holy Spirit to us because of Christ. Christ is our savior, redeemer and protector where ever we go. He is in our heart and mind and keep us from sin by bringing to mind our responsibility toward God. We are blessed in our physical life, even into our spiritual life with Christ as we dwell in heaven. All this is made possible because of God love for us. Glory be to God of the Highest. Amen!
Verse 4: "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Here is a verse I find very touching. I want you to think about it to. God even before he decided to create the world in any form had me and you on his mind. He had already through his great understanding knew how he was going to create you, me, the trees, and animals. The word create stands out because it indicate the creator. God is the creator of all things. He created man and woman not just to exist, but to glorify the creator. We were created to give praise and honor to God. To be forever thankful and obedience toward him. It was from the beginning settled that Jews and gentiles would be reconciled back to God through Jesus Christ. And that we would receive the Holy Spirit which do allow us to live holy and blameless before God in love.
Verse 5: "Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will",
Predestinated means chosen before hand. There are some who think that this mean that they are chosen either before or at birth to automatically be saved.. They actually run around telling folks they were always saved. No matter what they do whether good or bad it will not effect their salvation. Well, I hate to burst your bubble if you are one of those who believe certain ones are predestine to go to heaven and others are not. This statement by Paul do not mean this. God would never allow such a thing. If he did it would make his own words not to be true. John 3:16 states,
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved"(KJV).
As you see, God gave Jesus life for all of us. Jesus came so that any one who will accept him will be saved. This does not indicate certain picked out ones, but it says this offer is giving to the whole world. More importantly he said he did not come to condemn the people, but to give everyone the chance to accept him and be saved. So from this we know that anyone who claim they have been predestinated over others is simply liars. But what this does mean is this. It was Gods will from the beginning that anyone who accepts Jesus as their personal savior would therefore be accepted by God. They will become adopted into Gods family and made children of God through Jesus.
Let's turn back to Ephesians 5 and pick up on this adoption we're speaking of.
What is this adoption? Because Jesus is the Son of God the Father, when we accept Jesus and become saved, we also become a child of God and as a child we become an heir of God. Thereby becoming a joint-heir with Christ. We are adopted into God's family through in by Christ Jesus. As gentiles we were also brought into the family of God when once only the promise was to the Jews. But now, all have the chance to receive eternal life.
Verse 6: "To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved".
It is because of God grace, his "SO GREAT" love for us that he allowed Jesus to go to the cross and become the perfect sacrifice for us. If we remember, in John 3:16 it read, "God so loved the world." Meaning that God really love us very, very much. When we say, "I love you so much". "SO MUCH" is a very deep love. Its almost unexplainable. Yet, it is this deep love that God has for us. This is his grace. But this grace is given because of his love for Jesus which made us acceptable to him. And for this we give him the praise and the glory.
Verse 7: "In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins. According to the riches of his grace;"
Redemption means we are redeemed. Redeem is brought back. Brought back from what? Brought back from HELL. You see, we all were on our way to hell because of disobedience to and before God. We just refuse to acknowledge him as God, master and creator. We didn't want to have nothing to do with him. We preferred the company of Satan and all the good times he offered. Even when we discovered that Satan was out to kill us, we still preferred the company of a killer rather than a savior. After all what God did and is doing in our lives didn't make any different. He supplied us food, water, clothing, housing, medical herbs for sickness. Gold, silver, diamonds and beautiful stones for jewelry. Soaps and creams for our skin. He provided cures by doctors. Sporting and relaxing beach areas. Mobile transportation. Intelligent and earthly wisdom. He gave us the rivers, trees, valley, hills and mountains and animals for us to enjoy. He gave us families so not to be bored but have to love, hug, train and be comforted. He provided much much more and yet we hated him. We preferred Satan who provided us with nothing. Who at all times wished and hope we would all die off the planet and cease to exist.
But you know what? After all the cursing and back biting we did to him, he stilled loved us. And guess what again. He gave his own son's life for our lives. Jesus became sin, so to speak, in our place when he did no sin. The price for sin is death. He paid that price for all of us to have a chance to live again after death. But that's not all. Because Jesus died in our place and satisfied the perfect sacrifice required by God, it also brought forgiveness for sin. Meaning when we accept Jesus thereby accepting God, we received forgiveness for all the sins we've committed in our lives no matter how bad. We are given a new Spirit. That of God. The sin in us dies just like the sin death that Jesus paid.
Jesus died and rose from the grave. This indicated the sin death in us by way of God's forgiveness and given us this new Spirit after death to rise again. We are given a new life all over again as new creatures in Christ in our fleshly body. It's like starting our life all over again because God forget the sin we once lived in. His rising from the grave also indicate that though we die physically in the Lord, we also will rise spiritually from the grave in our new and Holy body. This is a promise from Jesus.
Let me mention this. Some may say that if Jesus took on our sins then how can he enter Heaven with all this sin upon him? This is simple. Remember the fire upon the altar? Well, the fire purified and make perfect. Jesus is the fire upon the altar that burns and purifies. So full of power is the fire that sin may come but the fire is too hot for sin to enter in.
Jesus is the perfect sacrifice. He is the lamb with out spot or wrinkle thrown into the fire (on the cross) to be consumed by and become the fire. When we accept Jesus our sins are burned up (forgiveness) upon our body (alter, temple of God). We, in a since, gave up our old life to become a sacrifice from the world, to share the purification of the fire, to follow Christ.
PS --- Mind you, that last paragraph was a bit deep. Now thank about that!