Quick Reminder: Over the next several months, I will be blogging about this:
- God is MAJESTIC
- God is MESSIAH
- God wants to be MASTER
- God wants us to live on MISSION
I have spent the last several weeks blogging about how “God is MAJESTIC” and how “God is MESSIAH”. In my most recent blog, we looked at how the MESSIAH God rescues, redeems, and forgives. We looked at several passages of Scripture on this.
Today, we will continue blogging about how “God is MESSIAH”. To do so, we will look at Ephesians 1:3-8. It reads:
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 for adoption to sonship 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.
Jesus is MAJESTIC, and He is our MESSIAH. He rescues us, redeems us, restores us, and forgives us.
When I commit my life to Jesus I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing. This means I lack nothing! One might be poor financially, but in Jesus, they lack nothing. One might be having significant relational issues, but in Jesus, that person lacks nothing!!! One might be battling aloneness or being overwhelmed with anxiety or depression, but in Christ, they lack nothing.
I am not trying to minimize those issues. Those are very significant issues, and Jesus wants to meet us where we are at in physical need, relationships, emotional/mental distress, etc. I am just saying those circumstances do not change the fact that in Jesus, a person lacks nothing! Understanding this, helps me to know that Jesus is enough when I face those very significant issues!
How is it possible to lack nothing? Actually, let’s ask that another way. What does it mean to be spiritually blessed? It means that I can know and experience that God chose me before He ever created anything. God chose me for what? He chose me to be holy and blameless. How can I be holy and blameless? I can be holy and blameless because Christ imparts His Holiness to me the moment I trust in Him. I can learn how to live out this holiness every day of my life. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross made it possible for me to appear before Him holy and blameless, and God chose this for me before He ever created anything. Wow!!!!!
What else does this “spiritual blessing” entail for the one who follows this MAJESTIC and MESSIAH God? We see in Ephesians 1 that it is God’s love that propels Him to predestine believers to be called sons and daughters of God. What is predestination? Well, that is a blog for another time. However, let me hit this one thought briefly. God predetermined before time began that my destiny would be to experience adoption into His family, and this gives me the title of God’s child, God’s son. What a spiritual blessing! Amazing!
God chose me to be holy and blameless, and His destiny for me was to be His child. And He did all this because it was pleasing to Him. Choosing me brought God pleasure! Unbelievable!
What was the purpose in doing all this? You can put that quite simply, “To the Praise of His Glorious Grace!” Choosing me and others to be adopted into His family brings Praise to this “MAJESTIC God”.
Grace (unmerited favor, undeserved gift) is freely given to those who are adopted into God’s family. John 1 tells us that I become adopted into God’s family when I believe in Jesus and receive Him into my life. I like to say it like this. God allows me to receive the gift of Jesus as I surrender control of my life to Him.
Ephesians 1 continues to explain these “spiritual blessings” that we have. Christ has purchased us with His blood on the cross so we can experience complete forgiveness from God. See, He really is the MAJESTIC and MESSIAH God! This MAJESTIC and MESSIAH God lavishes us in His grace. What grace are we referring to? We are referring to the grace we just described in the previous paragraph. Grace is unmerited favor from God, an undeserved gift. What does God do with this grace that allows us to experience Jesus? He lavishes us in this grace!
You may not be lavished in financial riches right now, or fame etc. But I can promise you this: The follower of Jesus is lavished in the grace of God! I can say from firsthand experience that His grace is amazing, and His grace ultimately leads me to worship Him and pursue freedom in Him! One who is lavished in His grace is swimming in “spiritual blessing”.
These are not all the “spiritual blessings” that Paul tells us of in Ephesians 1, but they are enough for this blog. Let’s recap them.
The follower of Jesus is:
- Lavished in Grace
And God did all this because it was pleasing to Him to do so. This brought Him pleasure! God did all this because redeeming and rescuing us brings Him Glory!
If you remember, we are taking this MAJESTIC, MESSIAH, MASTER, MISSION from Isaiah 6. Isaiah sees God as MAJESTIC, and He experiences Him as MESSIAH. At this point, Isaiah declares God to be MASTER and agrees to live on MISSION for Him.
Please hear me. Do not follow God out of guilt or manipulation. Follow Him because you see Him as MAJESTIC, and you have experienced Him as MESSIAH. According to Ephesians 1, because Jesus is our MESSIAH, I lack nothing spiritually. I am completely forgiven and part of God’s family, rolling around in the riches of His grace.
For me personally, this compels me to worship Him! Am I perfect at it? NO! But I am compelled to live my life declaring the God of the Bible, the only real God in the universe, to be MASTER because He is MAJESTIC and MESSIAH.
What about you? Who is your MASTER? Are you blown away by the amazing MESSIAH that God is? Does it compel you to worship Him? If yes, praise the Lord! If no, then ask God to help you see the riches of His grace and experience the depth of His forgiveness! This, and only this, will lead you, will lead all of us to worship Him!