Ephesians 1

by Juliette on January 16, 2013

In this chapter Paul explains to the Ephesians what God has done for us. God has adopted us as his children. We are now part of his family. He did this through a plan he had all along.
God doesn’t just give us the scraps from his table or give us a small role in his home as a servant or some other lowly position. No he makes us his children and treats us as his own. Even though we have done nothing to deserve it. In fact we have done just the very opposite. But God does not choose to give us what we deserve which is death. That is what love expressing Himself through mercy looks like. Because of this love he chooses to give us, we can walk in freedom. Complete freedom in the grace that his love gives to us. Amazing. It always blows my mind. I have heard of this love and grace my entire life and still it always blows my mind. It never becomes ho hum for me.
I am always amazed at the transformation that can take place in a person because of love. Just look at Paul. The author of this letter and the transformation in his own life. He was the leader for the persecution of the followers of Jesus. Christians hid and were scared of him. He held the cloaks of the men who were stoning Stephen. He looked on as Stephen died. And yet God takes this man Paul and through grace transforms him into one of the greatest missionaries of all time. I am amazed. It is from this perspective that Paul speaks of this love from God in Ephesians.
I know this is a poor comparison but it makes me think of the show Les Miserables. When Jean Valjean is caught stealing the silver from the church. The authorities bring him back and the priest has the power to send Jean Valjean back to prison where he just been paroled from. But instead the priest lets Jean Valjean go with the silver he stole and also gives hime more. Love extended through this man to another man in the form of mercy transforms his life. And as the story goes on you see Jean Valjean has become a graceful and generous man himself. Because of a love shown to him, he is a changed man and is generous to all he encounters. Jean Valjean even shows mercy to the man who is relentlessy pursuing him to take him back to jail.
Ephesians 1 explains to us that we can be another Paul. We can be another Jean Valjean. We can obey and follow God and accept this gift we don’t deserve. Through this freedom that God gives us in his death on the cross we can become more. We can extend the love of God to others. We can be transformed. We can live a life of one raised from the death of our sins. We are paroled from our prison and Satan no longer has any power over us. I know it is true because I read it all in Ephesians 1.

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Ben January 16, 2013 at 10:26 am

Wow!

Nuff said.

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