- God wanted
us to be holy and blameless in Christ. Jesus was the means for our
- The one
who believes in Jesus and who repents of his sins.
predetermined that all believers will have a resting place and eternal
life after they die.
- a. The
Holy Spirit in us is our spiritual promise of the life to come. b. The
Spirit is our guide and teacher in the word and will of God.
- God saved
us from the eternal death of sin to eternal life after death.
- a. Those
that were in darkness to God (the Gentiles) due to their exclusion from
the covenant with Israel
were doomed to God's wrath because they had no propitiation for their
sins. b. The grace of God saved them through Christ when God included them
for the inheritance. c. They were saved from death and the wrath of God.
- a. The
gift was Godís grace to the Gentiles. b. The grace was their salvation
from their fate by being included in the kingdom along with the Jews (vs.
11-13). They are saved from destruction by believing in Christ. c. We did
nothing to impress or earn Godís grace of including us into God's kingdom
with the Jews. It was merely God's love for us who He had created to be in
- God wanted
us to do good works in Christ from the beginning.
- a. They
were not included in the covenant with Israel. They did not know God
or have opportunity for salvation. b. The law was a barrier between the
Jews and the Gentiles causing hostility and enmity between them. Not only
did the Gentiles once have no part in salvation but they could not serve
God with the Jews.
- The Jews
and the Gentiles now are one body by one Spirit serving and worshiping
God. There is no longer a need for the rituals of the law to have access
to the Father, His mercy, or grace and no wall between them.
- The riches
of Christ are unending. They are more than we can understand but the basics is love, joy, peace, and eternal life in Him.
mystery was that the Gentiles should be heirs with the Jews, be of the
same body, and partake of the promises of God in Christ.
fellowship of the Jews and Gentiles is made known or worked out by the
church so that even the heavenly host understand Godís plan.
- a. The
Holy Spirit inside us strengthens us. b. We are strengthened in our faith,
love, and understanding in Christ.
- a. The
fullness of God should be in all believers. b. The divine nature of God
should be in us.
- He is able
to do even more than we can imagine or hope working by His Spirit in us.
If we grow in His Spirit than He can do more.
- He wanted
them to walk together in unity and peace as one body in one Spirit.
defeated all spiritual enemies and
fears that brought us into the captivity of sin and death. Jesus conquered
those things that conquered us before; sin, the devil, and death.
ministries work together to build our faith, increase our knowledge of
Jesus, and mature us to be Christ like.
- We should
measure our faith and walk by the example of Jesus in His service to God.
- a. We
should put off our former conduct of sin, lewdness, uncleanness, and
greediness. b. We should renew the spirit of our mind, the way we think,
to be like that of Christ. c. We should think and choose to be righteous
- a. Lying, anger, stealing, bad mouthing, wrath, and
bitterness are some of the things we should stop doing. b. Being kind,
tender hearted, and forgiving one another are how
we should treat one another.
- Donít let
the sun go down on your anger. We shall not let it grow in us to cause us
to sin. We shall not cherish it or harbor it until it causes ill will.
- By not
heeding the Spirit or allowing it to flow from us we grieve the Spirit.
righteousness, and truth.
- a. We
should find out what is acceptable to Him. b. By studying His word we can
know what God wants. By His Spirit also our minds and hearts will be
prodded when necessary.
- Instead of
the spirit of intoxication and the things that come with it flowing from
you we should be filled and controlled by the Spirit so that goodness,
righteousness, and truth flow from us. We fill ourselves with the word of
God and with spiritual songs and hymns.
- By the
washing of water by the word of God we become sanctified and therefore
- We forsake
our life of independence to be joined with Him and to live our life in
harmony with Him.
- A long
life is promised to those who honor and obey their parents.
- Train your
children in the ways of the Lord.
- The Lord will
return good to you in return for the good that you do.
- We need
our armor to fight and persevere against spiritual conflicts that come to
weaken us, our faith, and our hope in our salvation.
- a. To walk
in righteousness, purity, and integrity in God. b. To exemplify love and
peace wherever we go. c. Trusting, enduring, and being secure against all
spiritual attacks of Satan. c. Our hope of salvation which will preserve
us against spiritual conflicts. The sword is the word of God which will be
used to fight against spiritual conflicts.