There seems to be a recurring theme that Paul is wishing to develop in Ephesians chapter 1 that I believe is paramount to our teaching on chapter 2 this week. Do you see it? Yes! It is found in two little words “In Him.” What does this mean? Did you know that Paul uses the language of “in Christ” or “in Him” or “in the Lord Jesus” roughly 40 times in Ephesians? This is a reference to the reality of the believer’s union with Jesus. Union with Christ is not a single specific blessing we receive in our salvation (although that is certainly part). Rather, it refers to the fact that we have been joined to Him by repentance and faith! Our entire blessedness – our victory, our happiness, our hope – is found in only one place; in being bound to Christ. He gets ALL the credit. We can’t steal any of that for ourselves. So the question I need to answer is not whether God will keep His own? But whether I am one of His own through faith? Are you “In Him?”
Questions for further thought:
1. In what ways have I been tempted to take credit for my salvation and all that involves?
2. What is my reason and defense for my answer to question #1?
Challenge: Take time this week to examine your heart and mind to determine whether you are truly “In Him.” (2 Cor. 13:5)
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