Echoes of Encouragement from Ephesians (IV)

Echoes. Reflections of sound, off of the hard surface of my soul.  Never expect originality from an echo.  These reverberations of encouragement originate from outside my life.  I am only the interface.  The source of the original acoustic is the spoken Word of The Word.   

Ephesians 1:  3-14

Ephesians pic 1I am blessed with every spiritual blessing!  I mentioned in the previous Echo, from Ephesians, that this passage is one very long run on sentence.  There is great encouragement to echo to the world from each facet, so I wonder why Paul didn’t break it down into bite sized pieces.  Did he start writing about who he was in Christ and then become so totally awestruck that he couldn’t bring himself to stop?  Did he want me to be overwhelmed with the wonder of it all? Was it meant to be like drinking from a fire hose turned on at full blast in order to carry me through the rest of the letter?

I would like to honor Paul by retaining the sense of grandeur and greatness in the flow, but the jewels beckon me to gather insight from each description as I am carried through this storehouse of riches.  If I move through quickly, maybe both can be done.

I HAVE BLESSINGS FROM THE FATHER…

Verse 4. I am chosen.  He picked me without my hand being raised, without me shouting “pick me, pick me”.  God did not choose me because I was good for the team.  He chose me in Christ.

Verse 5.   I am adopted for the purpose of becoming a daughter in Christ.  Election refers to persons, predestination refers to purposes.  He predestined that a certain purpose would come to pass in Christ.  The word study for predestined tells us it is formed from the words “before” and “determine”.  It means to mark out with a boundary beforehand.    And He is big enough to set boundaries…for me…and…for Himself.

Verse 6.  I am highly favored in the Beloved, I am the object of His grace.  He has freely extended not just a packet of grace, but His very self to me.  Amazing grace.

…TO THE PRAISE OF HIS GLORY. 

I HAVE BLESSINGS FROM THE SON…

Verse 7.  I am redeemed in Christ.  He has effected a release by payment,  my freedom through His payment.  I am forgiven.  There was a sending away, a letting go, a debt taken away.

Verse 8.  I am a recipient of a grace overflow in the same proportions as God’s own storehouse of grace.  He lavished me in wisdom and insight and skill. The Greek word for wisdom, Sophia, is the root of the words, “sophistication” and “philosophy”.  I am sophisticated and philosophical in Him.

Verse 9 and 10.  I am told mysteries that give Him great pleasure. The big reveal! That He is the organizing center of true fellowship.

Verse 11 and 12.  I won the jackpot; the lots were cast in my favor.  It has been preplanned for me to be energized for His purpose.  This is much better than that reoccurring dream where I receive a letter from the lawyer on behalf of my long forgotten, lost, but very rich aunt.

…TO THE PRAISE OF HIS GLORY.

I HAVE BLESSINGS FROM THE SPIRIT… 

Verse 13.  I have been tattooed by God.  He has marked me as His own. And He has announced it.  So cool.

Verse 14.   I have the guarantee of a full, complete, and future glorious redemption.

…TO THE PRAISE OF HIS GLORY.

God the Father.  God the Son.  God the Holy Spirit.  It is all from God.  All praise is His. I am blessed.

So, how are you?

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About ccragamuffin

Christina C. is a woman energized by encouraging others. She never wants to forget that she is a ragamuffin...a broken earthen vessel, heavy laden, bedraggled, and weary until grace changed her life. She now holds a treasure in a cracked earthen vessel. Anything bright or beautiful is the treasure shining through the cracks.
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  4. RJ Dawson says:

    Very good. Very encouraging. Thanks.

  5. Your insight into verse eight was profound. While most of the world looks at the Christian mindset as passe and doughty, it is the height of philosophy and sophistication.

    • ccragamuffin says:

      I love this word you use…”insight”…because it points us to Who gives us the ability to “see” the God of the words! He is Wisdom. And all Wisdom is His! I wonder what the biggest hurdles are in us recognizing that we have been given wisdom and can be confident in His wisdom?

  6. mtsweat says:

    Working on slightly-off-colored-Fridays has its perks as it allows break times to be spent reading and reaping tri-fold blessings!
    That’s a fantastic take and recognition from the text of Paul’s acknowledgement of blessing coming from and through Father, Son, and Holy Spirit good friend.
    We are indeed a blessed people, and the trumping statement here is it matters neither our physical condition nor even our ability to possess this world’s attractions, for these blessings are signed, sealed, and delivered in Christ Jesus alone. How great is that!?
    Thanks-giving-ly Great! Hoping yours and the clan’s was a thankful holiday by the way, and we sported a fantastic “butt” for company thanks to the magnificent “smoker” residing in your home! 
    Enjoy your most-blessed day…

    • ccragamuffin says:

      Oh yes, the magnitude of our blessings, make our level of thanksgivings very inadequate in comparison. Reading these descriptions convicts me on many levels. So much is offered and available, so little is often appropriated, and then even less is thankfulness truly given for. These studies in Ephesians are training material…a curriculum in Christlikeness…I am a needy student. I appreciated your tutoring! Blessings from our smokey home to yours ~ cc

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