The Answer To Everything!

Ephesians 1 is considered to be what many scholars call “Positional truth.” In other words, who we are by virtue of what God has done for us. This differs from who we are by virtue of what we know, believe, and apply of God’s word.

Why is this important?

The answer to that question is the answer to everything.

In order to understand redemption, blessing, healing, life, joy, peace, or prosperity, you must first understand that none of these things belong to you, apart from Christ. Nada. Nothing. Zippo! You are not qualified for any of those things. Yes, snap, I went there!

“But wait,” you say! “I thought Colossians 1:12 said that the Father has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance!”

How right you are! That verse does tell us we’re qualified. He delivered us from the power of darkness, but what did he do with us? He conveyed us *into* the kingdom of the Son of his Love. Get that? He didn’t take you like you are; well, he did take you like you are (thank God), but he didn’t leave you like that. He killed you, and raised you new, inside the kingdom of his Son.

And honestly, why did he do that? Again, not because you’re special, but because you chose to accept what Jesus did. I know, this sounds like what we hear all the time. And it is; only it’s not.
Ephesians 1, “Blessed *be* the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has *blessed us* with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly *places* *in Christ*, 4 just as He *chose us* *in Him* before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having *predestined us* to *adoption* as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He *made us accepted* in the Beloved. 7 *In Him* we have redemption *through His blood*, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He *made to abound toward us* in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed *in Himself*, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—*in Him*.”

Please note, that all these things happened *in Him* *before* the foundation of the world. I have heard minister after minister say that when God was doing these things he was looking at you, and operating out of his love for you. These verses don’t say that. What they say is, he was looking at Jesus, at what Jesus would do and become. That Jesus would be “holy and without blame before Him in love.” And that Jesus would be “accepted” and that he would provide the means to redeem us. This pleased God. And in this, he chose EVERY person to be qualified and accepted in the beloved. He PREDESTINED all of us to adoption. ALL. That all includes everyone who might have been born, as well has everyone who has ever been born.

That is the Grace of God. His grace is not just for all of us special people who let Jesus save us, it is for ALL mankind for ALL time. Now STOP! Before you start thinking I’m talking universalism, stick with me. God’s grace is what makes all those things we mentioned at the first available to us. Life, joy, peace, health, blessing, and so on. We have them because Jesus has them. Yes, look at 1 John 4:17, “because as he is, so are we in this world.” We don’t deserve it, we get it because He got it. Get it?

But how do we get it? By faith.

“Oh, another one of those that tells me my problem is a lack of faith.”

Nope. All I said was, we get the grace by faith. (Ephesians 2:8-10) But what is faith. Faith is the little girl standing at the edge of the pool, wanting to get in but afraid of the unknown. Faith is that little girl hearing her daddy say, “Jump, sweetie, I will catch you,” and listening to that voice she knows so well. She begins to consider what he said. She looks at him, as the sun warms her face. She looks at the water and squints, as that sun reflects on the surface, into her eyes. She glances around then looks back at her daddy as he calls to her again. Her little heart is racing as she considers this giant leap into that water she knows is over her head. Now faith is… She leaps into his arms, splashing into the water; getting wet, but not going under as her daddy’s strong hands catch her, just as he said.

Faith is that little girl making the decision to trust the love, character, and word of her father over all the things that are gathering together to make her afraid. Faith is knowing that daddy loves you more than anything in the universe, and he proved it by sacrificing one son so he could adopt billions more. Including you. And his love, character, and word all assure you that everything he saw in Jesus, and through Jesus belongs to you BECAUSE you opened up your heart in the face of all the things that gathered together to frighten you and leaped into his arms

Being IN HIM is the answer to everything, and Ephesians 1 and 2, and Colossians 1, and many, many other verses tell you all that is yours BECAUSE you are in Him. And it’s okay to be IN HIM. It’s okay to be nothing apart from him. But you’re not apart from him, you are IN HIM! And according to 1st Corinthians 3:21, “All things are yours.” All things that God intended for Jesus, are yours.

What is it then? At every juncture, at every fork in the road, at every decision point, or at any moment when you’re faced with gathering forces trying to convince you that you will fail, or that you will not see goodness or blessing; remember the love, character, AND word of your father and make that leap into his arms again!

God loves you, and so do I. We both want to see you enjoy the life God planned for you.
To learn more about our God’s love and compassion for us check out these related posts (click the title for the link):

Keeping Hope Alive! <heartofgodforyou.blogspot.com/2015/02/keeping-hope-alive.html>
Shattered Dreams? Broken Promises? <heartofgodforyou.blogspot.com/2014/08/shattered-dreams-broken-promises.html>

You can also get a copy of my book, a book on the liberty we have in Christ (not nutrition as the title may suggest) on Amazon (click on the title): Eat Healthy…Most of the Time!
Remember, God loves you just as you are; but he loves you far too much to leave you that way!