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Chosen in Him

Ephesians 1:4

January 13, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Why is anyone a Christian? In the eternal purposes of God, from the foundation of the world, God chose a people for Himself in Christ out of all of those who have been justly condemned as objects of His wrath. He did this not because of any merit in those He chose, but according to the good pleasure of His will, according to the exceeding greatness of his grace, according to the riches of His mercy.

The Holy Angels of God

Hebrews 1:14 • March 17, 2019 • Pastor Bill Tipton

The Holy Angels of God - they are mysterious, majestic, and mighty. They are also ministering spirits sent forth from Almighty God for this purpose: to minister for those who will inherit salvation.

"To Praise of His Glory"

Ephesians 1:14 • March 10, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

Paul's three-fold use of 'to the praise of His glory" in Ephesians 1 is rooted in his Old Testament understanding of God's initiative in claiming a people for himself in texts like Deuteronomy 7:6-11. Our response to God's choosing us is lives lived for his praise.

"You Heard, You Believed, You Trusted"

Ephesians 1:12-14 • March 10, 2019 • Pastor Paul Edwards

We come now to the third and final stanza of Paul’s Great Hymn of Praise to the Trinity. How do we reconcile v. 4 (“chosen in Him before the foundation of the world”) with v. 13 (“you heard, you believed, you trusted”)? If our salvation is all of grace and due entirely to God’s choosing us before the foundation of the world, why is it necessary for us to believe the gospel and to trust in Jesus Christ? God does not save any man or woman against their will. God’s choosing is not God coercing. And yet it is also true that because man is “dead in trespasses and in sins” (2:1), no unbeliever would be willing to believe the gospel and trust in Jesus Christ without God first bringing that person to spiritual life. God persuades the will. He makes the gospel attractive to us. “The goodness of God leads you to repentance.” How then does God bring us to spiritual life?