Become Who You Are in Christ: Chosen by God to be His Child (July 15, 2018)

Sermon Text: Ephesians 1:3-14 

Pastor Daniel Schmidt

3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment–to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. 11In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.

Background 

The Apostle Paul wrote this letter while a prisoner in Rome.

The Letter to the Ephesians can be divided into two parts:

  1. We are Saved Only by the Grace of Our Savior-God
  2. We Live to Give All Praise and Thanks to Our Savior-Go

Verses 3-6

God the Father blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”

God the Father chose, predestined, adopted [insert your name]to be his child through Jesus Christ.

God the Father did this freely because of his grace. 

Verses 7-12

In Jesus, you have redemption and the forgivenessof all sins.

God’s plan of salvation is a mystery.  This means it needed to be revealed to us in the written word of the Gospel.

The result of my predestination is my forgiveness;my gift of eternal life in heaven;praise and thanks to my Savior-God.

Verses 13-14

I was included in Christ when the Gospel touched my heart.

I have been marked with a seal: God the Holy Spirit.

I have a deposit which guarantees my inheritance of eternal life in heaven. 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ