Shine Bright: Ephesians (Part 1)

Okay. I’m going to be serious now.

Starting today, I’m starting a weekly series, “Shine Bright”, where you and I dive together into God’s Word. I’m not pretending that I have all the answers or life-changing revelations. I’ve spent time in prayer, making sure everything I’m sharing is directly from Scripture, references included. 🙂

Let’s get to it. 😉

Re-reading Ephesians 1-2, some verses stuck out to me that I thought I’d share.

Like I said, I’m not going to throw out a revelation to you—that’s not the purpose of this post. And I don’t want to mislead or misinform by misinterpretation. I’ll leave the deep spiritual stuff to Billy Graham. 😉 I just want to encourage you, my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

So. Reading Ephesians 1-2, I got three points.

(Read both chapters before continuing to see if you can spot them yourself! 😉 )

God has a plan for you.

Ephesians 1:4-5 says, “[H]e chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.”

Read more: Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 1:9-10

Isn’t that encouraging? God’s got a plan for you, for me, and it’s a good one, custom-fit for us! (Jeremiah 29:11) We might get lost in the chaos and current of the world, wondering what God’s plan is for us—which I sure do…a lot—but take it from Him—He’s got you! There’s a wonderful plan He’s got in store for you, for me, and He’s just waiting for us to trust Him!

Christ has Redeemed us!

Ephesians‬ ‭2:1-10‬ ‭states: “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Read more: John 3:16, Ephesians 1:7

Isn’t that amazing? God loves us so much, He sacrificed His Son for us, so that we might be called His children! What love is this? 🙂

It’s amazing, but we still have to accept it. We don’t get it by osmosis. You (and I) have got to admit our sin, repent from it, believe that Jesus is our only hope and that His blood (and ressurection) pays the penalty for our sin, and confess that He is Savior and Lord of our lives, committing ourselves to Him. It’s simple and oh-so-worth-it. I promise, it is the best desicion someone can ever make.

We are sealed with the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians‬ ‭1:13-14 says, “In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.”

Read more: 1 Kings 18:12, Mathew 4:1, Mark 1:12, Luke 12:12‬‬, John‬ ‭14:26‬, John 16:13, Acts 8:29, Romans 8:14, 26-27, 2 Galatians 5:25, Timothy‬ ‭1:14‬

Bringing it back to point one, God’s got a plan, an awesome plan, for you and me, and (when saved only by the blood of Jesus Christ, and trusting in Him as Savior and Lord) we are sealed with the Holy Spirit, which leads us along God’s plan. (See “read more” references). With guidance from Scripture, persistent prayer, and trust in God and an attitude of surrender to the Holy Spirit, we can be led along God’s path for us. 🙂

Congragulations for making it through this extra-long post! I hope you got something out of it!