Despite a literal and spiritual dividing wall of hostility between Jews and Gentiles—centuries of conflict starting with Abraham—in Christ, they are reconciled. Their identity is no longer circumcised or uncircumcised, it is a new people, “Christian.” Even more amazingly, in Christ, God and sinners are reconciled. Christians are reconciled to one another and together are […]
A gift is something you haven’t worked for, you haven’t paid for, you haven’t earned, you haven’t achieved. It’s free. So whatever else grace means, it’s a free gift that is essential, costly and shocking.
In Ephesians 1:3-14, we’re told if you’re a Christian you have already been blessed (past tense) with every spiritual blessing there is. What in the world could he mean by that? Listen as we answer the questions: How do we get every spiritual blessing? What is every spiritual blessing? Why can we have every spiritual blessing?
Ephesians 1:1-3 states that we are saints, set apart. Sainthood is not a spiritual attainment, or even a recognition of such attainment. It is rather a state or status into which God brings every believer. All Christians are saints.