Praise the God of Grace (Ephesians 1:3-14)Blake White, August 11, 2017
Part of the Laurelville Conference series, preached at a Laurelville Conference service
Praise the God of Grace (Ephesians 1:3-14)
Blake White, August 11, 2017
Part of the Laurelville series, preached at a Laurelville service
Ten reasons to praise God in Christ:
Bless God for His past work (Eph. 1:3-6):
--1. Because He's blessed us with everything we need (v. 3).
--2. Because He chose us before the creation of the world (v. 4).
--3. Because He predestined us for adoption (v. 5).
--4. Because He has given us grace (v. 6).
Bless God for His present work (v. 7-12):
--5. Because of His redemption (v. 7).
--6. Because of He forgives sins (v. 7).
--7. Because He has lavished His love on us (v. 8).
--8. Because He has told us His will (v. 9-10).
--9. Because He has made us heirs (v. 10-12).
Bless God for His future work (v. 13-14):
--10. Because He has sealed us with His Holy Spirit of promise (v. 13-14).
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Ephesians 1:3–14 (Listen)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.