The glorious unfolding (Ephesians 1:8-9)

Who would have thought you could get so much theological truth and application just out of the introduction?

God is the sum total of everything that is grace-filled in our lives.

Indeed, God is very much sovereign and in control. He is working in our lives in the darkness behind the curtain. He is doing extraordinary things in our lives.

You are either in Christ and saved, or outside of Christ and not saved. There is no in-between.

Jesus became a man so he could warn us. We only have redemption through His blood. Only through Christ do we have forgiveness.

Everything we have from God is extravagant.

1. God grants His children an astounding amount of wisdom and moral insight. Man apart from God is capable of any atrocity that is conceivable. We do not naturally acquire moral wisdom but for the grace of God.

When offered riches or wisdom, Solomon chose wisdom. God was so impressed that he granted Solomon both.

We don’t naturally have the ability to choose righteousness. By the grace of God are we able to choose right from wrong. We need moral insight in every aspect of our lives.

There are many aspects of our faith that are considered mysteries.

2. God has faithfully revealed the mystery of the gospel to the most unworthy recipients. Even the apostle Paul called himself chief among the sinners. God did not create us because He had nothing better to do, but so He could give something to unworthy recipients.

The prophets in the Old Testament were able to see events in the future. But some things were a mystery even to them. Yet things have been revealed to us that were never revealed to the prophets.

We deserve none of these things. We deserve judgment and the wrath of God. It took Jesus to do for us what we could never do for ourselves.

Even most churchgoers in America cannot explain what the gospel is. People are ignorant of the gospel. The gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We understand this only because God allows us to. It is God’s will for everyone to know this. Yet even the angels do not understand the gospel; they have no need of it. The angels themselves “peer in” to try to understand redemption.

We know what it is to be saved. Angels are perplexed by this. We are unworthy, but we serve an amazing God.

3. True life transformation begins when we align our purpose with God’s purpose. We know what we want for ourselves in life. But the gospel is not about Jesus doing what we want. Our plans don’t matter when they conflict with God’s plans. This is a hard pill for us to swallow.

We should be consumed with life transformation. This happens when we align our lives with God and doing what God wants.

You don’t get life transformation just by showing up. We have to do what God wants us to do and not what other people want us to do. This only happens when we fully surrender to God. Sometimes He does allow us to fulfill our dreams; sometimes He puts them there.

Following Jesus will cost us something.

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