In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will – Ephesians 1:11
There’s a way some people think about Jesus and the Gospel that’s inconsistent with the real purpose for which Jesus came into this world. For some, He came to save us from sin. But that’s not the reason He came. Yes, He saved us from sin, but He came for much more than that.
To some others, all they know is that He came to “deliver” us from Satan and the forces of darkness. Again, that’s not the reason He came. How could He have come, lived and died, just to save us from sin and the devil? He came to do much more. Yes, He saved us from sin. Yes, He delivered us from the devil, and the wickedness that’s in the world, but all that were a means to an end. The Bible says, “And He brought us out from there, that He might bring us in to give us the land which He swore to give our fathers” (Deuteronomy 6:23 AMP).
In the foregoing scripture, there’re three important points to note. First, is that “He brought us out”; second, is the reason He brought us out—it’s so that He might “bring us in.” The third is the ultimate purpose, which is “to give us the land.” The whole idea wasn’t about bringing us out. He saved us, not so we could flee from the devil, but for a purpose—to bring us into something—our place in Christ; our inheritance in Him.
In Acts 26:18, Paul the Apostle narrated how the Lord Jesus sent him to the Gentiles, “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance….” When you come to Christ, you not only receive remission or the removal of sin, you receive an inheritance: “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” (Ephesians 1:11).
No Christian ought to be broke or poor. The Bible says we’re joint-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17). A Christian may call himself poor, and may go without, but that doesn’t make him poor; he’s only ignorant of what belongs to him. God’s plan is to make you and Christ one; that’s His purpose, and He’s already done it.
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Confession (Faith’s Proclamation)
Jesus came that I might have life, and have it to the full. Now, I’m a partaker of the God-life! Blessed be God! My life is the expression and demonstration of God’s glory and righteousness, the testimony of His grace and love, and the revelation of His perfection. Hallelujah!
Ephesians 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will
2 Peter 2:2 – And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. 4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment