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    Please read the following passage in Ephesians and pray about it. Then we will study the great promises that The Lord gives us in it.

    Ephesians 1 (NIV)


    1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,

    To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:

    2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

    Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ


    3 Praise 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.4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

    11 In 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, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

    Ephesians 1 Living Bible (TLB)


    1 Dear Christian friends at Ephesus, ever loyal to the Lord: This is Paul writing to you, chosen by God to be Jesus Christ’s messenger. 2 May his blessings and peace be yours, sent to you from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

    3 How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every blessing in heaven because we belong to Christ.

    4 Long ago, even before he made the world, God chose us to be his very own through what Christ would do for us; he decided then to make us holy in his eyes, without a single fault—we who stand before him covered with his love. 5 His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by sending Jesus Christ to die for us. And he did this because he wanted to!

    6 Now all praise to God for his wonderful kindness to us and his favor that he has poured out upon us because we belong to his dearly loved Son. 7 So overflowing is his kindness toward us that he took away all our sins through the blood of his Son, by whom we are saved; 8 and he has showered down upon us the richness of his grace—for how well he understands us and knows what is best for us at all times.

    9 God has told us his secret reason for sending Christ, a plan he decided on in mercy long ago; 10 and this was his purpose: that when the time is ripe he will gather us all together from wherever we are—in heaven or on earth—to be with him in Christ forever. 11 Moreover, because of what Christ has done, we have become gifts to God that he delights in, for as part of God’s sovereign plan we were chosen from the beginning to be his, and all things happen just as he decided long ago. 12 God’s purpose in this was that we should praise God and give glory to him for doing these mighty things for us, who were the first to trust in Christ.

    13 And because of what Christ did, all you others too, who heard the Good News about how to be saved, and trusted Christ, were marked as belonging to Christ by the Holy Spirit, who long ago had been promised to all of us Christians. 14 His presence within us is God’s guarantee that he really will give us all that he promised; and the Spirit’s seal upon us means that God has already purchased us and that he guarantees to bring us to himself. This is just one more reason for us to praise our glorious God.

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    4Long ago, even before he made the world, God chose us to be his very own through what Christ would do for us; he decided then to make us holy in his eyes, without a single fault—we who stand before him covered with his love. 5 His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by sending Jesus Christ to die for us. And he did this because he wanted to!
    To listen to a lot of teachers one might think that God created man in perfection, and when Adam sinned, He had to go to plan B and send His Son to pay for our sins. (Now Adam was created innocent of any sin, and had the ability to choose to sin, or not to sin.)

    That is far from the truth. We see instead in the above passage that Long ago, even before He made the world, God chose us to be His very own. So we did not chose Him, but He chose us, even before He created the world.

    He chose us BEFORE He created the world. So that would mean that we existed before the world was created. If one reads Genesis 1 with care, and does not assume the popular interpretations in it, then we see that God does NOT say when He created the spirit of man, but instead says when He breathed the spirit into man.

    If we were chose BEFORE God made the world, then we had to exist for God to chose who would be His.

    Also it means we were chosen before we had done anything good or bad. Of course God can see the future as well as the present and the past.

    Can this be true ? Well let us look at John the baptist:

    Luke 1: 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid,Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink,and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.
    So before John had done anything good, or bad, God filled him with His Holy Spirit. If one reads the chapter with care they will see that both of John parents were also filled with The Holy Spirit.

    Now we also see this in the Ephesians 1:

    13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
    We see that The Holy Spirit is God's seal and guarantee that we are saved and are His.

    So John was saved and was God's own before he was born. - Now this is not the popular belief of the church and certainly not the world.

    The world says that a baby is nothing but a lump of cells, that is not really a person before birth, and so it can be killed.

    But this truth reveals that abortion is a far more serious sin that even most Christians are aware of.

    Think of how serious of a sin it would have been if John's parents would have aborted him.

    This nation has murdered millions of babies and some were chosen by God to be His very own.

    Is it any wonder that we have had the disaster in Texas and another one headed for our nation.
    Last edited by Lou Newton; September 7th, 2017, 08:10 AM.

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