This sermon was based on Ephesians 1:1-14.
1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Spiritual Blessings in Christ
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9making knownto us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
11In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13In 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, 14who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Changes Your Identity
• Our identity is changed – when we follow Jesus.
• Adoption and being a co-heir with Jesus.
• Jesus changing our identity, holy and blameless.
Deals With Your Past
• Jesus blessing us.
• Forgiveness is a present reality.
• Spiritual blessings and new identity.
Resets Your Future
• Gods blessing with purpose.
• Obedience to Jesus.
• Laying down your self for God.
Helps Us Grab the Blessing
• Paul describing us as “Sealed with the promised Holy Spirit”.
• The Holy Spirit working in us.
• Being a faithful saint.