God’s Greatest Gift

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Mother Teresa once said:

“The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted. The biggest disease today is not leprosy or TB but rather the feeling of being unwanted. There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation than for bread.”

Ephesians 2:10 gives us a beautiful description of how we are made.

For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live]. (AMPC)

In this verse, we learn that we are the workmanship of God. In the original language, workmanship means poema, where we get the word “poem.”  A poem is created or the creation of a writer. In this context, you are an art form—God’s masterpiece!

Ephesians is a great book of encouragement and confirmation of who we are in Christ and what God has done in and for us through Jesus. God made us His poem or workmanship.

Ephesians 1:3-14 is written as one long sentence in the original Greek.

It paints the picture of God, standing at the top of a hill, piled high with blessings, then running toward you at the bottom of the hill.

And He cannot stop!!

It’s as if He is going to run right over you and dump the whole package on you, and you can’t stop it.  It’s yours now!

With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at what He’s done from my observations:

  • We are blessed with every spiritual blessing; nothing was left out or left to chance (v. 3).

May blessing (praise, laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm!

  • We were chosen before the foundation of the world—hand-picked, a prime selection (v.4).

Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ… that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love.

  • He planned IN LOVE for us to be adopted into His family through the work of Jesus Christ. We can never be rejected. It can never be taken away! (vs. 5)

For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [because it pleased Him and was His kind intent].

  • We have redemption (deliverance and salvation) by Jesus’ blood.  That’s total forgiveness, and we are declared guilt-free by grace (vs. 7).

In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses) ….

  • God has made known to us the mystery of his plan to bring all things together in Christ.  What is true about Jesus is true about you. You are His body—intimately, inseparable from him! (vv. 9-10)

Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] … [He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth.

  • In Christ we are God’s heritage and obtained an inheritance—everything we need for life and godliness (vv.11-12).

In Him we also were made [God’s] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance…So that we who first hoped in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him have been destined and appointed to] live for the praise of His glory!

  • We have received salvation by faith—not by works—so we cannot boast in ourselves but in God—sealed by the Holy Spirit, the guarantee of our acceptance in Christ (vv.13-14).

In Him you also who have heard the Word of Truth, the glad tidings (Gospel) of your salvation, and have believed in and adhered to and relied on Him, were stamped with the seal of the long-promised Holy Spirit. That [Spirit] is the guarantee of our inheritance ….

Now, we can understand why Paul prayed our eyes would be opened to see what’s ours through the work of Jesus (Eph. 1:17-21).

You don’t need to feel unloved, unappreciated or lonely ever again. God has provided it all for you. All that God is and has is ours, and our response is just to believe it. Simple as that!

You don’t need to feel unloved, unappreciated or lonely ever again. God has provided it all for you!

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