Friend, I want to tell you today that God has a plan for your life. Provision has been made for your every need and God’s power can be released to bless your life. Today God willing we will be looking into the Book of Ephesians which captivates us with theses three dynamic realities of God’s plan, God’s provision and God’s power.
God The Father Made The Great Plan
Firstly ( on this webpage) we will look at some aspects of God our Father’s Plan for your life. Matthew 28:19 speaks of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. in The Trinity it is GOD THE FATHER WHO MADE THE GREAT PLAN OF SALVATION.
The whole of the bible is about the Triune God—the Father, the Son, and the Spirit—working together to rescue and redeem men and women who have fallen and become slaves of sin and satan. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are perfecting redeemed humanity, and step-by-step these redeemed ones are being made into the glorious likeness of God’s beloved Son, (Rom 8:29). Finally this redeemed company will together become a “bride” full of love for God’s Son, (Rev 21:9).
In the Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are One God. They all co-exist together simultaneously in inapproachable EQUAL glory. However, there is a difference between the Father, the Son and The Holy Spirit. This is a difference in arrangement and function.
All things are “of” The Father. Everything is “by” the Son. The Holy Spirit implements these things and brings them into reality. Since all things are “OF” the Father, it was He who PLANNED the great scheme of salvation, (Eph 1: 3 to 5) !
Later, we will see that since all things God does are “by” the Son, it was He who came to earth and in awesome love went to the cross and accomplished that salvation. MAKING THE PROVISION for men and women to be saved, ( Eph 1:7).
Finally we will see that the Holy Spirit implements and bring into reality the salvation that Jesus accomplished in the Father’s plan, (Eph 1: 13, 14). But it is GOD THE FATHER WHO MADE THE GREAT PLAN OF SALVATION.
The Book of Ephesians Tells God’s Plan
The Book of Ephesians is a wonderful book that tells us that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives. He has made a plan that is awesome and wonderful that causes us more and more to bear the image of our glorious God.
If we could only grasp and find out in our minds the great CHARACTERS that God has called us to have. If we could only grasp in our minds the great THINGS that God has called us to do, we would stand in awe and wonder and God’s plan for each one of us.
As well as telling us about God’s purpose the Book of Ephesians tells us how God has provided for that plan and purpose to be implemented and brought into reality. So the Book of Ephesians tells us about God’s plan that is His purpose. God’s PLAN (His purpose), is the first thing described in the book of Ephesians.
God’s Plan For Your Blessing
Firstly let’s read the first few verses in the first chapter of Ephesians that speak concerning God’s plan.
Eph 1: 1 to 6 – Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
God Loved You Before The Earth Was Formed
From this portion of the first chapter of Ephesians we see God’s plan. God made a wonderful plan from before the foundations of the world – before there was time or space and before you and I were created. God thought about you and God thought about me and God loved you and God Loved Me.
We all had a physical birth when we came into being.
I was looking at a programme on the human body and genetics and in this program I discovered that each one of us starts life as ONE single cell.
Every one of us at the point of conception starts out as one single cell
and then by God’s grace and power, that number of cells multiply into millions and millions and millions and we become the individual that God has planned this to be.
But millions of years before that, if you belong to Jesus, your real beginning was in the mind and in the heart of God. Before the world was ever made and before the stars were ever created; before your mother and father thought about having you God loved you and planned a destiny for you.
God know the colour of your eyes and your personality. He even knew how many hairs would be on your head and exactly how many years days months and seconds you would live. You are not something that happened by chance.
If you’re reading this, let me tell you that you are very important in the heart and the mind in the plan of God and he has for you an awesome awesome destiny to fulfill.
We should all wake up every morning full of hope, life and expectancy. We should be full of excitement and expectation that God is going to use us every day that we live to serve him and to make a difference that will last forever in the kingdom of God! Together we should all be singing an anthem of Joy to the Lord.
Ephesians 1:4 then, tells us that God chose us in him Christ before the foundations of the world that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. God chose us to be holy!
What It Means To Be Holy
What does that mean ? let’s examine the word ‘Holy‘.
To be holy means to be separated from everything common, debased, messy and defiling and to be instead, SEPARATED UNTO GOD. God wants that we be separated from everything common and unclean and ordinary and that we be separated unto Him who his holy.
Holiness Brings Confidence and a Positive Attitude
If we are separated unto God we will be full of a positive attitude. God has a positive attitude because he is the God of all hope, (Rom 15:13) .
Rom 15:13 – Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We as Christians should never allow negative thoughts to play opon our mind because God is Holy. He is a positive God with positive hopes and plans and dreams – so we should be like God. Full of hope!
if we are separated unto God and joined to God we should be full of love
the Bible says God Is Love, (1 John 4:8).
The Very nature of God is to love and if we are separated unto Him we will even love those who despises and mistreat us, because we will be like Jesus who’s on the cross Cried Out “father Forgive them For they don’t know what they are doing”, (Luke 12:34).
Now we read in verse 5 that God has adopted us to be his children to be his sons and Daughters. verse five actually tells us that God has predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ.
The word ‘predestined’ means to be marked out beforehand do a purpose or to be chosen beforehand.
From your point of view you chose Jesus when you made the decision to be a Christian and follow him – but from God’s point of view it was him who chose you even before you were born. He chose you do that you could would be saved and come to his Son for salvation.
The Bible teaches us that he chose you before the stars were in space that you would be a son or daughter of the living God and come to Christ
Eph 1:5 –– Having predestined us to adoption as Sons by Jesus Christ to himself according to the good pleasure of his will.
Let’s look at the words – ‘according to the good pleasure of his will’. Let’s put them into a more Modern language. what this verses is telling us is that it THRILLED God’s heart the thought that you would be his son or daughter! God WAS so wonderfully happy before the stars were put in space to think that you would be his son or daughter. he loves you so much; God we’re so happy when he thought of you.
The second thing that the Book of Ephesians tells us about is God’s Provision. This is what God has done to bring his plan and purpose into existence. He did that by sending His wonderful Son, Jesus to redeem us.
To continue reading more about the wonderful provision that the Lord Jesus Christ has made for us proceed to
GOD’S GREAT PROVISION IN CHRIST.
But finally the third thing that shows is in the Book of Ephesians is his power. This is God’s power In our lives by the Holy Spirit to bring about what he has planned and purpose and provided for.
READ MORE ABOUT HOW – GOD HAS A WONDERFUL PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE
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