6.20.2010

Scripture Sunday

          [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, [4] even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love [5] he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, [6] to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. [7] In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, [8] which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight [9] making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ [10] as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
          [11] In 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, [12] so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. [13] In 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, [14] who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
(Ephesians 1:3-14 ESV)

I never really noticed it before, but the first chapter of Ehpesians has really three distinct parts in Paul's prayer that center on the Father (Eph.1:1-6), the Son (Eph.1:7-12), and the Holy Spirit (Eph.1:13-14). As you read through this passage, take a moment to note all the blessings we receive from the differing members of the Trinity.  

Question for discussion in the comments:
What does God do for us - how does he bless us - through his three different persons (Father, Son, Spirit)?

3 comments:

  1. My Dad, despite never having heard of Finney, shares Finney's view of justification, and made clear to me his belief that I cannot be assured that I am saved. So I went looking for the Scriptures that prove assurance and found all three persons of the Trinity clearly at work in this ministry:

    The Father in Romans 14:4
    Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master1 that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

    The Son in John 10:28
    I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

    The Spirit in 2 Corinthians 5:5
    He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

    So as the Father has determined to uphold me, the Son possesses me, and the Spirit is in me as a guarantee, what doubt can ever upset my assurance for more than a moment?

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  2. Finney is a bizarre and ultimately tragically unfortunate character who has done the church far more harm than good. Tom Chantry (google it) wrote a good blog post on his legacy.

    And yes, the promises for the oft noted eternal security doctrine are plentiful in the Bible. How wonderful they are for sinners such as we...

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  3. I will look up Chantry. David Linden's article (available on theresurgence.com among other places) is an excellent resource as well.

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