Pastor David Moore
Old Testament reading: Numbers 6:22-27
The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
“‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’
“So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
Ephesians is one of the letters that Paul wrote from prison in Rome. Paul is not writing about issues in the church, he is writing about a grander understanding of the following of Christ and salvation with Christ.
New Testament reading: Ephesians 1:3-8
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons and daughters through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.
Know ye not, that so many of us who were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:3-4
The Holy Spirit is down payment on your eternal body. “God himself has prepared us for this [our new body becoming immortal], and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 5:5
Romans 8:1: Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
I am blessed, chosen, adopted, accepted, redeemed, and forgiven.
Redeemed through the Blood of Christ. We recognize the connection between the blood of Christ and the forgiveness of our sins.
Matthew 26:28: For this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. God’s grace isn’t some fluffy church phrase that has no substance. It’s powerful. It’s life changing, and it’s so much like Jesus.
As this new year begins, think about the concept that we have been adopted and ransomed, by our own Creator, into a New Family. The gift of our adoption is that we have been given every spiritual blessing. Because we are in a New Family (Christ’s Family) I pray that you can sense this Family of Christ each day in your life.
God bless you!