BLESSED BY THE FATHER
INTRODUCTION: Do you ever feel like you don't have any good things happening
in your life? Do you feel like everyone else gets all the breaks? But we
need to remember how Christians are abundantly blessed.
Today we begin a series on the book of Ephesians. Paul addresses the
church of Ephesus and declares the they have been blessed richly.
I. WE ARE BLESSED WITH EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING IN CHRIST.
A. Christians have access to Every Spiritual Blessing.
II. WE HAVE BEEN CHOSEN "BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD"
1. Our blessings are not physical in nature. Christians are
promised the physical necessities, not great riches.
B. Those blessings are "in Christ."
a. Matthew 6:33-34 ""But seek first the kingdom of God and
His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore
do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.
Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
2. Our blessings are spiritual in nature. Since our eternal nature is spiritual,
we would expect God to be most interested in it and that those things which
help us spiritually will tend to give us true satisfaction.
3. What are some of the great blessings that God has given to His children.
a. Ephesians 1:7 - the forgiveness of sins
b. Romans 8:28 - God's providential care for us.
c. 1 John 3:22 - "And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we
keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight."
- The assurance that God hears and answers our prayers.
d. Romans 8:15 - "For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again
to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba,
Father."" -The joy of having the heavenly Father to call our father.
1. Such phrases as in Christ, and their equivalent, occur 164
times in the writings of Paul.
C. How do we get "into Christ?"
2. "In Christ" simply means in the body of Christ.
3. 2 Corinthians 5:17 - "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a
new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become
1. Galatians 3:27 - "For as many of you as were baptized into
put on Christ."
2. Romans 6:3-4 "Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized
into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried
with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised
from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in
newness of life."
A. God chose us before the world began.
III. ALL CHRISTIANS "SHOULD BE HOLY AND WITHOUT BLAME BEFORE HIM IN LOVE."
1. Before creation God had a plan for the salvation of mankind.
This implied that God knew before the creation of man that mankind would
choose to sin and depart from God's way.
B. How are we chosen by God?
2. Revelation 13:8 - "All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose
names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from
the foundation of the world."
3. 1 Corinthians 2:7 - "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery,
the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory,"
1. Calvinists claim that God chooses each Christian individually.
a. "By the decree of God, for the manifestation of his glory,
some men and angels are predestinated unto everlasting life, and others
fore-ordained to everlasting death. These angels and men, thus predestinated
and fore-ordained, are particularly and unchangeably designed; and their
number is so certain and definite that it cannot be either increased or
b. There can be no doubt that "Predestination" is taught in the New
2. But this doctrine directly contradicts the biblical principle that men
and women have a free-will to obey or disobey God.
i. Romans 8:30 - "Moreover whom He predestined, these He also
called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified,
these He also glorified."
a. 1 Timothy 2:3-4 "For this is good and acceptable in the
sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to
the knowledge of the truth."
3. God does predestine us.
b. Revelation 22:17 - "And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And
let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires,
let him take the water of life freely."
a. God predestined all who obey the gospel to be saved.
b. The text here tells us. God chooses "us in him." God predestines
that all who accept the gospel and are "faithful unto death" will be saved.
All those outside of Christ are lost, based on their sin.
c. Ephesians 1:11 - "In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being
predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according
to the counsel of His will,"
A. Because we are part of God's elect, we have an obligation
to live holy lives.
IV. IT IS NOT BECAUSE OF OUR OWN SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT WE ARE SAVED,
BUT IT IS "ACCORDING TO HIS GOOD PLEASURE."
1. This involves the putting off of the old man and the putting
on of the new man.
B. We are to live lives "without blame."
a. Ephesians 4:22-24 "that you put off, concerning your former
conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,
and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new
man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness."
2. 2 Corinthians 7:1 - "Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let
us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting
holiness in the fear of God."
3. While we cannot be holy in the absolute sense, as God is, we can
live differently from the world.
a. Hebrews 12:14 - "Pursue peace with all people, and holiness,
without which no one will see the Lord:"
1. How can we live "without blame?" Can we live sinless as
2. We are made perfect (sinless) by the blood of Christ.
a. 1 John 1:8 - "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive
ourselves, and the truth is not in us."
b. Matthew 5:48- ""Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father
in heaven is perfect."
a. Acts 22:16
3. We are continually sinless through the blood of Jesus.
a. 1 John 1:7 - "But if we walk in the light as He is in the
light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ
His Son cleanses us from all sin."
b. As we walk in the light we will continue to receive forgiveness.
But this also requires continued faithfulness and repentance of sins.
A. We cannot be saved by our own efforts.
CONCLUSION: During the Depression, Charles Darrow could find no work. Although
he was broke and his wife was expecting a baby, he wasn't discouraged.
Every evening they played a game which he had devised. Remembering happy
vacations in nearby Atlantic City, he laid out his own little boardwalk
on a square piece of cardboard and pretended to be rich. On his "properties"
he put miniature houses and hotels he had carved out of small pieces of
wood. The game, called "Monopoly," was later marketed by Parker Brothers
and ultimately made Darrow a millionaire. Christians may not have earthly
wealth, but they have a wealth that should cause us to never get discouraged.
We have the wealth of our heavenly Father.
1. There is nothing we can do which can cause us to deserve
B. It is according to God's "good pleasure."
2. Titus 3:5 - "not by works of righteousness which we have done, but
according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration
and renewing of the Holy Spirit,"
3. Ephesians 2:7-9
1. God did not depend on us. He did not need us. We rebelled
2. God conceived the plan, set it into place, sent His Son, allowed
Him to die.
3. Romans 5:8, 10 - "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in
that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us....For if when we
were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much
more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."
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