The glorious unfolding (Ephesians 1:13)

We should praise God no matter our circumstances. Everything we do is to the praise of His glory. We learn to live with the talents & gifts He has given us.

We have had the glorious purpose of trusting Jesus Christ. In order to be saved, we believe on Jesus Christ. It is not enough to believe in Him, because even the demons believe in Him.

1. Our faith is a direct result of hearing the truth of God’s word. The holy scriptures are able to make us wise to salvation. Nothing else can effectively serve this purpose. The holy scriptures can take us from death to life.

In Romans 10, Paul writes that both Jew and Gentile share the same responsibility to Christ. You have to be able to hear the truth before you can believe it. And how shall anyone hear without a preacher?

There is not one problem in the world we cannot preach through. We are all evangelists and have the responsibility of spreading the gospel. But preachers have been set apart by God to propagate the truth. Make sure you are actually listening to someone who has been called by God.

A lot of people have heard the gospel but they have not all believed. Non-believers often find the gospel doesn’t fit their own lives.

The initiation of our faith only comes through the effective preaching of the gospel. Churches that do not preach the truth of the gospel will not win converts. Any gospel that does not produce conversions is not a Biblical gospel.

2. There is absolutely no hope of salvation without the gospel. If we don’t preach the gospel then we are not a genuine New Testament church. Everything we do is wrapped up in what Jesus has done for us.

If you trust something other than Christ for your salvation, then you will not go to heaven. With God all things are possible. The gospel is able to radically change us from the inside-out.

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God.

To say that the Spirit of God can live in you but not change you is heretical. The Spirit of God will lead you to good works. If He hasn’t changed you, then He doesn’t live in you.

3. The greatest gift for our faith is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. God lives in us. And the Holy Spirit is merely a down payment on what we receive later on.

But the Holy Spirit exists to point us to Jesus. The Holy Spirit is not an end to Himself. It’s all about Jesus.

We expect people who are filled with the Holy Spirit to live godly lives. This is why we have to cut through religion and other nonsense. Once you are saved and moving forward, you must have the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit shows us how to live out the gospel.

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