In Him, We Are Redeemed
Passage: Ephesians 1:7–10
Prayer for All Members Based on Pastor Jared’s Message, February 27, 2022 Ephesians 1:7-10
In Him: Redeemed
Introduction: It’s true, what the classic gospel tract “The Four Spiritual Laws” says: God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. But His actual plan may be very different from what you might envision; it may involve a lot of challenges and difficulties. Nevertheless, if you believe in Christ, His plan for you is wonderful:
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth. (1:7-10)
In Him we are redeemed.
The life of His Beloved Son is the price the Father paid to bring us out of slavery to sin, out of condemnation, out of lostness, into His family by adoption. Because Christ shed His blood, we have redemption. It is ours.
“Father, thank You for paying such a costly price to make us Your own forever! May we never doubt the extravagance of Your love!”
In Him we are forgiven.
Christ died to save us from our sins, past, present, and future. We have received the gift of total forgiveness. “Father, You have forgiven us so much! Please help us to love You so much!”
In Him we have grace.
Grace is unmerited favor. In Christ we have more wealth than we could ever imagine, not only on earth, but on into eternity. Implications of our grace:
We cannot be bought by the enticements of this world, because we are already wealthy!
Having been given such undeserved favor, we should respond with humility and grace to others.
“Father, thank You for making us great recipients of grace! Please help us be great givers of grace!”
In Him we have wisdom.
God gives wisdom freely so that we can live in obedience to Him. Do we need wisdom? We can ask Him, and He will lavish it on us.
“Father, please help us all to know what You want for us, and then to trust and obey You.”
In Him we will have restoration.
God has now revealed to us the previously unknown “mystery” of His plan for restoration, a plan that He is carrying out according to His perfect timetable. Paradise was lost in Adam but is restored in Christ. This earth will be restored, and we will live here with Him. Until then may we live for Him.
“Lord, help us always to live in the wonder of Your redemption! Help us give grace and pursue wisdom. And please enable others also to give their lives to You, that they too may receive redemption, forgiveness, grace, and wisdom, and one day share with us in the restoration You are bringing.”
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