Vol. 17, No. 38 – September 23, 2018
Eph 6:21-24, The Encouragement, (cont.).
Eph 6:24, “Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love.”
As we have been noting, “Grace” is a key word of the epistle. It opened the epistle, Eph 1:2, and is the subject of the epistle, Eph 2:7-8. It now concludes the epistle. It is a fitting word because it is God’s grace which saved us and which sustains us today.
“Grace,” CHARIS, χάρις means, “grace, graciousness, kindness, goodwill; a gift, a favor, etc.” Grace is God’s gratuitous generosity to an undeserving sinful humanity. Grace is all that God is free to do for mankind without compromising His Divine essence. Grace means favor, kindness, and mercy. Grace is undeserved blessing and suffering from God to mankind. Grace is free and unmerited love and favor toward us. Grace is unmerited Divine provision for mankind before, during, and after salvation. Therefore, grace depends on who and what God is.
As we noted in vs. 23, all grace and blessings come to the saints from God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Grace, the favor of God and all good, both spiritual and temporal, is from God to the believer, especially those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity as noted in this verse.
As we have done with the previous three pillar words in vs. 23, (faith, peace, and love), we will now do a survey of the Book of Ephesians on the utilization and application of this fourth pillar of the foundation of the Christian way of life, “grace.” The word “grace” is used 12 times in the book of Ephesians. Twelve is the number of perfect Divine government and organization. To just name a few examples in Scripture, there were 12 sons of Jacob, 12 tribes of Israel, and 12 apostles of our Lord. In the heavenly New Jerusalem there are 12 foundations, 12 gates, 12 pearls, and 12 angels. In addition, Solomon’s Temple is stamped with the number 12, as Moses’ Tabernacle was stamped with the number 5, which is the number of grace. So, here in the book of Ephesians we see “grace” being stamped with the number 12 of perfect Divine government or rule.
As such, if we want to live under God’s perfect rule and organization for our lives, we must live by His grace. When we live by His grace, we have perfect Divine rule and organization within our souls for our physical and spiritual lives. So, let us look at each of the 12 applications in Ephesians to see the context of God’s grace plan for our lives.
1.) Eph 1:2, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
In Paul’s opening salutation, as in his closing, his payer and desire is that the grace of God be in the lives of every believer. He indicates, as also in the closing, that grace is “from God the Father and Lord Jesus Christ.” Therefore, God is the author and provider of all grace in our lives.
Paul is reminding us that we are receiving something that is completely undeserved or unmerited from God. It is Divine favor being bestowed on us. Therefore, this letter, as is every word in the Bible, is the grace gift of God bestowed on us that we do not earn or deserve, so that we can live the unique spiritual life God has designed for us. As such, the Word of God is freely given to us by God’s grace so that we may execute, under perfect Divine rule and organization, the Christian way of life.
2.) Eph 1:6, “To the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.”
As part of a great doxology, vs 3-14, the context of this verse is back in vs. 5, where the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is “predestined to adoption” into the family of God, “according to the kind intention of His will.” God’s grace predestined us from eternity past to be entered into His Royal Family through Jesus Christ. This is the result of our redemption through Christ’s sacrifice upon the Cross, vs. 7. Therefore, from the grace of God, we were predestined to adoption into the Royal Family of God.
Since this was done in eternity past, there can be no human works involved to earn it or deserve it. Our predestination is totally by the Grace of God.
In this passage, we also have the word “bestowed,” which is the Verb CHARITOO, χαριτόω that means, “to give grace or bestow favor.” It is only used here for “bestowed” and in Luke 1:28, for “favored one.” In our passage, “bestowed” could be translated “gave grace.” Therefore, we could translate it as, Eph 1:6, “To the praise of the glory of His grace, which grace He freely gave to us in the Beloved.”
Because of our union with the Lord Jesus Christ in time, God’s grace is given to us in time. Therefore, salvation and all its benefits, including our adoption as adult sons into the Royal Family of God that was predestined from eternity past, are the result of God’s glorious grace, His unmerited favor, coming into our lives. As such, this verse exhorts us to “praise of the glory of His grace which He gave to us.” That is, praise the magnificence, splendor, grandeur, brilliance, and exaltation; His grace that has been given to us.
3.) Eph 1:7, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8which He lavished on us.”
Continuing the doxology, vs. 7 praises God the Father’s grace of redemption as being “the riches of His grace.” “Riches” is the Noun PLOUTOS that means, “wealth, riches, abundance, etc.” This is not just material wealth, but also includes wisdom or insight, i.e., His Word. In addition, the image of wealth captures the abundant generosity of God in Christ.
In Ephesians we see that the “riches” of God is used 5 times, the number of “grace.” The first three “riches” speak to God’s grace regarding our eternal blessings associated with our conversion. The last two are the grace of God in our lives while here on earth for our spiritual walk post-conversion. They include:
- In our passage, grace is lavished on us in “the riches of His grace,” because He has redeemed our souls based on our sins being paid for by Jesus Christ on the Cross. Lavished is the Verb PERISSEUO, περισσεύω that means, “to be more than enough, to have an abundance of, to be superior, and to excel in.”
- In Eph 1:18, “The riches of His glory” tells us of His grace in giving us an eternal inheritance.
- In Eph 2:7, “The surpassing riches of His grace,” is received by seating us with Christ.
- In Eph 3:8, “The unfathomable riches of Christ,” is the grace giving / teaching of His Word.
- In Eph 3:16, “The riches of His glory,” is His grace given to us in the power of the Holy Spirit that strengthens our souls.
In our passage, “the riches of His grace,” speaks of the “abundance” of God in paying for our sins through the Cross of Jesus Christ. As such, all of our sins are paid for and all of the sins of the entire world are paid for, with even more grace in reserve. That is the abundance of His grace; the riches of His grace!
In addition, combining vs. 6-7, we see the one and only way of salvation that is given to us by the grace of God. That grace is through the person and work of Jesus Christ, the Beloved, in whom we have redemption and forgiveness because of the giving of Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. God the Father and Jesus Christ have lavished grace upon us. We are the recipients of their extravagant goodness and kindness. Paul is trying very hard to describe God’s grace towards us, but we do not have words to describe God’s amazing grace. Words fail in attempting to describe the inexhaustible resources of God’s giving, cf. 2 Cor 9:8; Rom 5:15, 20. Yet, though words fail, we are to try our best to praise God because He has lavished His grace upon us.
4.) Eph 2:5, “Even when we were dead in our transgressions, He made us alive together with Christ, (by grace you have been saved).”
God’s greatest act of mercy is explained in this verse. This tells us that our salvation is from the grace of God. As an introduction, Eph 2:5 is further described in vs. 7-9; by grace you are saved.
Here, Paul uses the instrumental Dative case to express the means by which our new spiritual life is accomplished. It explains how God operates. It refers to “undeserved favor” that is a constant reminder that God does not manifest acts of mercy toward people because they deserve them.
This grace tells us of God’s mercy and love that caused Him to act on behalf of sinful men and women and to do what was necessary for them, even when they were in such a condition. Our salvation is expressed this way because of the necessity of an initial act of our conversion by the grace of God.
God accomplished this spiritual conversion by the power of the Holy Spirit, using the Word. In God’s grace, He “made us alive,” speaking of the new spiritual life we have and of the resurrection life we have in Christ, given to us by God the Father. However, God does not cease working in believers’ lives after conversion. It is an ongoing action of grace towards us.
This also speaks of God’s grace in placing us in union with Jesus Christ. As members of His body, we are united to Him, Eph 1:22-23, so that we share His resurrection life and power, Eph 1:19-20.
This is Paul’s impassioned underlining of what the statement he is making about the grace of God should mean to us. It draws our attention to the Divine initiative, the definite accomplishment and the continuing reality involved in having been made alive together with Christ. Our new situation has been brought about BY GRACE! No one is beyond the reach of God’s regenerating grace, and no one is beyond the need for God’s regenerating grace. Being raised from the dead is all of grace.
Therefore, “By grace you have been saved” draws our attention to God’s sovereign freedom from obligation in saving us. We have been made alive together with Christ. We are no longer spiritually dead; we have been spiritually resurrected, transferred from death to life, John 5:24; Col 2:13-14. God also raised us up with Christ and seated us in the heavenly places. And, in anticipation of our future resurrection and glorification, we can already begin to live new lives of righteousness through the work of the Holy Spirit, Gal 5:16; Phil 3:20. Only God the Father, by His sovereign grace and through the convicting ministry of the Holy Spirit, can save a person through His Son.
5.) Eph 2:7, “So that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
Vs. 7, shows why God has done all of this for us by His grace. Why from eternity past He has chosen us to be holy before Him in love? Why has He made us accepted in the Beloved? Why, when dead in trespasses and sins, has He made us alive, raised us up, and made us to sit together in heavenly realms with Christ? The answer is found in this verse.
The revelation of the grace of God, (i.e., His unmerited love), is the specific object of redemption. Saving us by grace demonstrates to us, the world, and the angelic realm of the exceeding riches of His grace done in His kindness, (the noun CHRESTOTES χρηστότης, “goodness, uprightness, kindness, mercy, generosity), towards us. For all of eternity the Church will be a demonstration to all creation of God’s grace. Believers will truly be “trophies” of God’s grace forever. For all of eternity, you and I will be glorifying God.
“Surpassing riches” also means that the value of His gift of grace is actually immeasurable. Therefore, the purpose of God in Christ is the display of His immeasurable grace. The great manifestation of grace is God’s kindness to us in Christ, and the manifestation of God through men “in Christ” is for all ages.
In addition, this verse tells us that God will dispense His grace to us in Christ forever. Ponder the idea of grace for “ages” to come. Instead of wrath, we have everlasting grace! The question to us is then, “Do we show in character and conduct the grace which we have received by reverently submitting ourselves to its transforming energy?”
6.) Eph 2:8, “For by THE grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
In this verse, Paul describes the means by which one receives the incomparable grace gift of new life. This answers the questions, “How can I receive the grace gift of salvation?”
Here, we see the amplification of the statement in vs. 5, “by grace you have been saved.” Faith is the instrument by which we lay hold of Christ. But faith is not a work. It is a gift. “It is the gift of God,” refers to the whole process of salvation, not just to the granting of faith to believe. Because salvation is a Divine gift from the grace of God, it cannot be earned. Therefore, anyone’s moral efforts or religious activity cannot earn salvation. We were not saved because we were smarter than others, prettier than others, better than others, more religious than others, more giving than others, or more gifted than others. Our salvation was the work of God. God showed us astonishing grace. He put forth His Son as our substitute, and He granted us the faith to believe in the Savior.
As we have noted, Divine grace in salvation is the unrestrained compassion of God acting toward the sinner on the basis of that freedom already secured through the righteous judgment against sin; secured by Christ in His sacrificial death.
Grace is the basis for everything God has done for us:
- Grace motivated the Father to choose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, Eph 1:4-6.
- Grace provided the one-time payment for eternal redemption, the blood of Christ, who came to earth and died for the forgiveness of our sins, Eph 1:7.
- And by grace alone we receive this forgiveness and salvation; grace apart from any merit of our own, Eph 2:8-9.
Though grace is the “objective basis” for our salvation, Paul also mentions an equally important “subjective means” of receiving this grace: faith. We are saved by grace, but we appropriate this grace through faith.
Believers need to accept what God has provided them in Christ Jesus. Faith is a human activity but a specific kind of activity, a response which allows salvation to become operative, which receives what has already been accomplished by God in Christ. Faith, therefore, is the mere act of accepting what God has done for us in grace; a non-meritorious act on our part, and not the ground on which salvation is bestowed. The ground on which it is bestowed is God’s grace. As noted in vs. 7, the manifestation of the grace of God is the great end of redemption, because salvation is entirely of grace.
The grace of salvation is received when God opens our blind eyes to the gospel of Jesus Christ, enabling us to understand it and to accept its promise of forgiveness, for all who believe. When the veil of death is lifted from our hearts, our minds are illuminated to have faith in Christ’s death for our sins and His resurrection from the dead. This faith, apart from any works, is then the sole means of entering into an eternal relationship with the Father though Jesus Christ the Son by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, grace tells us that God initiated our salvation, He implemented it, and He receives all the glory for it. In contrast, we could do nothing to start it, cannot contribute anything to it, and therefore can take no credit for it.
Grace for salvation also tells us that sin worked against us and God worked for us, but the great work of conversion is just the beginning.
The eternal purpose of God is not the manifestation of His love alone, though His love and His mercy are, like His grace, mentioned in this context and expressed in Christ’s death; but it is rather the manifestation of His grace. Out of God’s infinite treasure chest, He lavishes His grace upon sinners without restraint or hindrance.
7.) Eph 3:2, “If indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you.”
As also noted in Eph 1:10; 3:9, as well as 1 Cor 4:1; 9:17; Col 1:25; 1 Tim 1:4, in this passage, Paul is speaking of the responsibility God gave him to share the mystery doctrines for the Church Age, the Age of Grace, to the world, see vs. 3. Paul had been given “the dispensation of the grace of God” or an “administration of God’s grace,” to communicate what it meant to the Church.
“Dispensation” is the Greek Noun OIKONOMIA, οἰκονομία that literally means, “house manager” and could be translated “stewardship, economy, administration, management, arrangement, plan, task, etc.” The word dispensation comes from two Greek words: OIKOS, meaning “house” and NOMOS, meaning “law.” Our English word “economy” is derived directly from the Greek OIKONOMIA, “the law of the house,” or “a stewardship, a management.”
God had given Paul the responsibility of making known to the world the meaning of the mystery God had revealed to him: the amazing unity of the NT Church found in Christ, with no distinction between Gentiles and Jews. Paul’s responsibility involved explaining God’s grace plan in creating a special people, or a “household” of both Jews and Gentiles, through Christ, Eph 2:19; 3:5-6. Paul’s role was to explain this “mystery,” and the church’s role is to “understand” and then communicate it, vs. 4.
Therefore, we see that the “dispensation” or “age” in which we live is one highly characterized as being of God’s Grace. God could have concluded human history with the closing of the Jewish dispensation, but due to their rejection of the Messiah, and more importantly God’s grace, God chose to establish another “age” for the building of His Church, the body of Jesus Christ signified by the term “grace.”
There are five, (the number of Grace), main Dispensation in the Plan of God for human history. They include:
1) The Dispensation or Age of Innocent; the time of Adam and the woman in the Garden of Eden.
2) The Dispensation or Age of the Gentiles; the time from the fall of man to the giving of the Law to Moses and Israel. Many scholars break this dispensation into several time periods including, Pre-Flood, Post-Flood to the Tower of Babel, Babel to Abraham, Abraham to Moses, and other variations.
3) The Dispensation or Age of the Law; the time from the giving of the Law to Israel to the Day of Pentecost after Christ’s resurrection. This Dispensation was interrupted by the Age of Grace, and is to be conclude when the Age of Grace ends.
4) The Dispensation or Age of Grace, also called the Dispensation of the Church; the time from the Day of Pentecost after Christ’s resurrection to the Rapture of the Church.
5) The Dispensation or Age of the Millennium; the time from the conclusion of the Tribulation and Second Coming of Jesus Christ until the end of the Millennium, 1,000 years.
As you know, this mystery was “hidden” or “not made known to people in other generations,” vs. 5; but now it can be understood. It was Paul’s responsibility to communicate this message of grace so that the people of the world, especially Gentiles, Acts 9:15; 26:13-18; Rom 11:13; 15:15-16; Eph 3:8; 1 Tim 2:7, would understand the mystery. Vs. 6, gives a brief summary of some of the mystery doctrines for the Dispensaiton of Grace that includes:
- Gentiles are fellow heirs (with the Jewish believers).
- And fellow members of the body (of Jesus Christ).
- And fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
While the plan of God was present in the OT, parts were unclear or “hidden” in a sense, vs. 9. But when Christ appeared, the lights came on, clarifying the nature of the Messiah’s death, the fact that Gentiles do not have to become Jews, Gentiles and Jews have equal access to God, and the degree of closeness one has with God in the Age of Grace. Now that these things have been made known, people should know them and celebrate them, and continue to communicate them to a lost and dying world.
God’s principles do not change, but His methods of dealing with mankind do change over the course of history. Augustine wrote, “Distinguish the ages and the Scriptures harmonize.” Therefore, we are to fully understand the Age of Grace in which we live and apply the principles of the mystery doctrine for this age to our lives.
From this, we also see that Grace has as its specific focus the special favor granted Paul in qualifying him to be apostle to the Gentiles. As such, God had a grace plan for Paul’s life, and therefore, God has a grace plan for your life as well. When we understand this and walk in it, we have a Personal Sense of Destiny inside the grace plan of God for our lives.
The grace given to Paul was for the ultimate benefit of the Gentile Christians, as well as Jewish Christians. The grace God gives to you as a Royal Priest and Ambassador of Christ, is for the benefit of the unbelieving and believing of this world, both Gentile and Jew.
8.) Eph 3:7, “Of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God’s grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.”
Here we see that Paul’s stewardship in the administration of the Dispensation of Grace was, “according to the gift of the grace of God.” He realized, as we should too, that to be a servant of God is “the gift of the grace of God.” Paul did not take this honor to himself, but became a servant of the gospel by God’s grace and power, vs. 7; cf. Eph 1:19; 3:16. Thus, Eph 3:1-8 contains seven instances of the words gift, give, or grace, cf. vs. 2, 7-8.
With the use of DOREA, δωρεά, “free gift,” cf. Eph 4:7, God’s graciousness is underlined. It is a term also employed by Paul to speak of the generosity of God’s activity in Christ on behalf of humanity, Rom 3:24; 5:15, 17; 2 Cor 9:15. The grace experienced by Paul in his ministry flowed out of the mighty power of God. It was the gift of God’s grace that transformed Saul, the proud Pharisee who persecuted the church, to Paul, the apostle who was now a prisoner for Jesus Christ. God’s transforming grace is also available to you, Rom 12:1.
“The mystery” that Paul was to proclaim, not only gives believing Gentiles a new relationship with God, it also reveals that there is a new power available to us by the grace of God. God’s grace puts us all, (all believers), into ministry in His church, and His power makes it possible for us to fulfill these ministries. There are two Greek words used here to describe this, “working,” ENERGEIA, “working, power, efficiency,” where we get our word “energy” from, and “power,” DUNAMIS, “inherent power, might, ability, or force,” where we get our words “dynamic and dynamite” from.
The power of God which raised Christ from the dead and is at work in believers was also the power operative in transmitting grace to the apostle; as it is toward you and I. Therefore, by God’s grace gift to Paul and to us, we have tremendous responsibility to reveal God’s plan to the world, and God has promised to give us by His Grace the ability or power necessary to carry out that responsibility, Eph 3:16.
Combined with vs. 8, we see two aspects of God’s grace in our lives in reverse order, so that we can be great ambassadors for Christ. In vs. 7, we see God’s empowering grace, and in vs. 8, we see God’s humbling grace. We will note the latter in the next point. Here, in vs. 7, we are noting God’s empowering Grace. The Lord powerfully called Paul on the Road to Damascus, and the Lord’s power continued to sustain him for ministry, Rom 1:5; 12:3; 15:5; 1 Cor 3:10; 2 Cor 12:9; Col 1:29. God’s grace did and does the same for you and me.
By His grace, the mighty power of God, Eph 1:19-20, provides sufficient strength for weak, fragile, ordinary people like us, as we make the glories of Christ known to a lost and dying world.
We also see here that Paul did not make himself a minister, vs. 2; cf. Col 1:23, 25. He did not choose to be an apostle, a missionary, and a martyr as his lifelong career goal. Rather, God’s grace marked Paul as a minister. Likewise, you and I have not chosen to become ambassadors for Christ, but the sovereign grace of God has called us to that position. And, because it was a grace calling, not of your own choice, God provides all the necessary power and energy to be highly successful in performing it.
9.) Eph 3:8, “To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ.”
The third reference to grace in this chapter introduces a further revelation of the mystery with which Paul’s apostleship was uniquely connected. This “humbling grace” was given to him to preach the good news, cf. Gal 1:15-16a.
Gal 1:15-16a, “But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased 16to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles…”
In this passage we see that God’s grace had a humbling effect on Paul, and it also had an empowering effect. Instead of boasting about his own abilities and the fact that God had given him such an important position and task, the apostle considered himself an unworthy servant, mainly because prior to his conversion he had persecuted Christ by persecuting His church, Acts 9:5; 1 Cor 15:9; Phil 3:6; 1 Tim 1:13-15.
In spite of his previous position of violently opposing the Church, the grace of God gave Paul the privilege and responsibility of proclaiming to the world the mystery of the Church. He is saying that his own worthlessness did not prevent him from being appointed, the grace of God grabbed him and put him into action; just as it does for us today.
Therefore, if God in His grace could take Paul, “the least and worst of all the saints,” and give him such a great role and responsibility, God can take every one of us and by His grace give us an important and impactful role and responsibility inside the body of Jesus Christ; which He does.
By saying, “the very least of all saints,” Paul is not putting himself down, that would have been false humility, which really is just another form of pride. Rather, he is boasting of God’s great grace in his life, 1 Cor 15:9-10; cf. Gal 1:15-16.
1 Cor 15:9-10, “For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.”
Therefore, we should not present ourselves in self-abasing, false humility type of ways so that others feel sorry for us or think more highly of us. Instead, we are to boast in what Christ has done and is doing for us. He has and is taking a weak and sinful creature and turning him into a powerful spiritual ambassador and warrior.
In the context of this verse, God took a self-righteous arrogant religious “do-gooder” and made him a spiritual warrior and ambassador. God took the “very least” one and did three great things by His grace through him:
- Eph 3:8b, “Preached to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ.”
- Eph 3:9, “Brought to light the Dispensation of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things.”
- Eph 3:10, “So that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places (the angelic forces).”
Notice in vs. 10, this is accomplished, “through the Church.” That means Paul started it and you and I continue that work in our generation by the power given to us by the Grace of God. And as we noted above, God’s grace had a humbling effect on Paul, and it also had an empowering effect too. What God in His grace did for Paul, He does to and through you and I today, also by His grace. Remember, we do not have to serve Jesus; we get to serve Jesus.
When you view yourself as the “least of all the saints,” you will gladly serve “the least of these,” Mat 25:40. Grace humbles you and causes you to identify with everyone, including the poor and the weak. No one is beneath you. The “least of all the saints” give love, time, and energy to everyone created in God’s image. And as Paul noted in vs. 7, we should realize that we need God’s grace to empower us to do these things.
“This grace was given to me,” not only speaks of God’s empowerment, but many times is speaking of the office itself. In Paul’s case the office of “Apostle to the Gentiles,” which he also called “a grace,” Rom 12:3; 15:15; 1 Cor 3:10; Gal 2:9. This is also seen in the Greek for the “spiritual gifts” we receive at conversion. “Gifts” comes from a cognate of CHARIS, CHARISMA, 1 Cor 12. It is speaking of the spiritual gifts that God has given to us with a ministry and effect by His Grace. We utilize our grace gift through the grace power God provides uniquely to the Church Age believer; His Holy Spirit and His Word. We will see more of this in our next utilization of “grace” in the book of Ephesians.
In conclusion, the goal of God’s grace in Paul’s life was to make him an apostle and empower his gift “to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ.” It was to Paul that grace was given to make these glorious immeasurable riches of Christ known and available to the Gentiles. As we have noted, “the unfathomable riches,” speaks to the plenitude of all Divine glories and perfections which dwell in Christ, the fullness of grace to pardon, to sanctify, and to save; everything which makes Him satisfy the soul of man. Paul, as we, has been graced out to communicate these things to a lost and dying world.
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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore, our sins will never be held against us.
Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life. To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life. So right now, you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:
“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ,
died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”
If you have done that, I Welcome You to the Eternal Family of God !!!