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  1. Paige says:

    Thank you. A wonderful reminder, when most other voices seem to be bent on heaping condemnation and the unending To Do Lists on us.

  2. Michael says:

    Thank you, Paige.
    I intend that this series be edifying and uplifting…there is now no condemnation for those in Christ.
    You’re in… so tell people to stuff the condemnation.
    No “to do” lists here…it’s all be done.
    Muck love to you my friend.

  3. Em says:

    so sad that we get bogged down in parsing baptisms and predestines ‘n such and miss the glory of the fact of the matter – praying that this thread revels in the wonder of what you are presenting for us to think on here…

  4. Michael says:

    Em,

    I’m going to avoid that kind of parsing as much as possible so that we can see the wonderful stuff and not just debate the small stuff.

  5. Linnea says:

    These verse of Ephesians are so rich in encouragement. Thanks for sharing this study, Michael.

    What treasure we believers have from God, through Christ:

    He Chose us
    He Adopted us
    He Blessed us
    He Redeemed us through His blood
    He Forgave us
    He Made known to us the mystery of His will
    He Gave us an inheritance
    He Seals us with the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of our inheritance

    Ephesians 1 describes such spiritual blessing that I don’t often reflect on.

  6. dswoager says:

    The words “in him” or “in Christ” or “through Jesus Christ” are very humbling words in these passages. Just think how puffed up we might feel if we were to pass over the one through whom we have received all of these bessings.

    “Blessed be God, our Father, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. ”

    The sentence definitely has a very different feel to it. I might start feeling pretty special is these blessings were conveyed directly to me.

    Jesus Christ is worthy. My only worth and standing before God, is that I am “in him”.

  7. Em says:

    Linnea, thank you – #5 is a blessing that i am going to tuck into my Bible to bookmark my reading this week… the world’s demands press in taking too much of my mind

    Lord, teach me to be an efficient triager

  8. Charles says:

    question, with a believer Being “in Christ”, can they still sin, be tempted, stray from the Lord or are we covered as if it is a hedge of protection?

    Can we always be in Christ, or are there times we are not?

  9. dswoager says:

    Charles, I see the phrase “in Christ” as being a factual, or even a legal standing, rather than some moving target that we have to engage. In many cases the words “in Christ” are used to indicate Christ as the vessel of the good things that we have received from God. The last verse there even clinches it as “in Him” we have received the Spirit which is our guarantee of the inheritance.

    If we fell in and out of Christ there would be no guarantee. All of these good things were contingent on Christ and not us.

  10. Charles says:

    dswoager, thank you for your answer, so basically once one is in they are in for good?

    But as you stated factual or legal, as if in a contract cannot contract be broken due to voiding the contract or agreement by an action?

    For instance, if I commit a sin which we all do daily, we cannot be in Christ when we do that can we? If we are in Him and He is perfect, we cannot be in Him when we sin can we?

    Not trying to be devil’s advocate by any means, just trying to understand.

  11. Jim says:

    “What’s true of Him, is true of you.”

    !

  12. Michael says:

    Charles,

    What this chapter describes is where you are positionally, not practically.
    Your actions practically don’t change where God has put you positionally.
    Please note that God is the one completing all these actions and He did so before the foundation of the world with full knowledge of all we would do in the future.

  13. dswoager says:

    Charles, what Michael said.

    Also, when it says that we have been chosen in Christ, it includes the work on the cross. When God originally chose a people for himself (historicall) those people were chosen in Jacob (or Abraham depending on how you look at it), they were God’s people because they carried the blood of Jacob in their veins. We have been chosen in Christ because the blood that was in his veins has been spilled for us. Our presence in Christ is just as factual as the blood identity of the people of Israel.

  14. Charles says:

    So my position is Christ is solid, unwavering and will never change. Thanks be to God for that.

    So the position I took with Christ will be the same all the days of my life and nothing will separate me.

    That is comforting news as I am always afraid that I will be rejected because of my PTSD anger outbursts I have.

    Going along with the all things made new line, shouldn’t that type of behavior go away being that I am in Christ?

    I try to control it and as Paul says “that what I want to don’t want to do I do”.

    It is a very hard thing to control, much like the plight of someone that is an addict, say like Josh Hamilton who is a believer but cannot help his actions because of the disease.

    Mental health and addictions should be at the forefront of every conference, seminar and meeting in the body of Christ in my opinion, there are many people suffering and looking for help with it but find none in the church

  15. Michael says:

    Charles,

    The opening of this book is a salutation…”grace and peace to you”.
    That’s what Jesus says to you, my friend…in John Chapter 6 Jesus promises that those who are in Him will never be lost.
    He knew when he chose you and me that there would be struggles and sin and illnesses and failures…and He chose us anyway.
    He promises to keep you as well.
    These verses should be a comfort, should be cause for joy and gratitude…instead we make them fodder for theological arguments while the people of God suffer.
    Grab hold of these truths, Charles, and remember them in your outbursts and trust in them afterwards.
    May God bless you and help you find healing in Him.

  16. papiaslogia says:

    [2Co 12:7-10 ESV]
    7 “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.
    8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.
    9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
    10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

    Charles – Your behavior may go way if you want it to AND if God grants you the grace to change. Or God may grant you the grace to keep that behavior and live with it, much like this passage presents of Paul.

    His grace is sufficient!

    Agree with your comments on mental health and the Churches role in addressing those concerned.

  17. Charles says:

    Michael,

    Thank you for your words of encouragement they are comforting, and appreciate your prayers.

    papiaslogia, As much as I would like to, I just can’t wake up one day and say “I think I want to start behaving a different way, God change me.” And just like that I am normal.

    Believe me I have tried and failed over and over again. Emotional healing, it is a process; a lifetime process.

    Mental health is not a quick fix and I believe it is a tool that God uses to bring some of His children to Him. I know I draw near to Him many times a day, sometimes more than others.

    There are times that when something triggers me that I want to make this all go away, and He tells me “patience, I will see you through this, trust me.”

    Those are the times I turn to the Psalms and see that David suffered through PTSD, I mean how could he not have, his whole life was that of a warrior. Some of the words in the Psalms seem like they were tailored for my certain situations.

    Praise God that those words exist.

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