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Thought for the Day – 004

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Preached during the morning service on 25 March 2020 by .

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Ephesians 1:4 —
‘Even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world,
that we should be holy and blameless before Him in love.’
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians has been a great blessing and
encouragement to me for many years. It was written during the
apostle Paul’s imprisonment in Rome between the beginning of
AD 60 and the end of AD 61.
Although this is not the longest letter Paul wrote, for me it is the
most intense, exciting and challenging.
The letter divides into three sections:
Our Wealth (1:1–3:21); Our Walk (4:1–6:9); Our Warfare (6:10-24).
I want to spend the next few mornings on the Christian’s Wealth
In these verses we have five wonders of our faith that I want to share
with you; wonders that, even in these difficult and challenging days
in which we are living, should cause us to turn to God in ceaseless
praise, as Paul did from verse 14.
The first wonder is that we were chosen (v.4).
We must begin with a very simple, yet important, fact: we did not
choose Him! We were unable to do anything. The Bible tells us
that we were blind, so that we could not see spiritual truths. We
were deaf, so that we could not hear His voice. Above all we were
spiritually dead; lifeless with no power or desire to do anything. We
were lost in a spiritual wilderness with no oasis in sight. We didn’t
even have faith, as even that is a gift from God.
Let us thank Him this morning that He makes the blind to see; the
deaf to hear; the dumb to sing and the dead to live.
No, we didn’t choose Him, but let us thank God He chose us.
When were we chosen?
Verse 4 tells us, ‘before the foundation of the world’. Wow! That
makes my little mind go into overdrive. God knew us before He
said, ‘Let there be light’ (Genesis 1:3).
Take hold of that and ponder upon it throughout this day. You will
be exhausted by tonight!
Why were we chosen?
‘To be holy and blameless before Him’ (v.4).
‘No chance!’ you say. Let me tell you that He would not ask us to do
that which is impossible.
It is possible because of Jesus. At Calvary, the Son of God took our
sin upon Himself and gave to us His spotless robe of righteousness
so that when God looks down upon us this morning He doesn’t
see the real you and me, He sees His Son. Because of Jesus we are
perfect in God’s sight. The Christian is faultless to stand before Him.
Hallelujah. What a Saviour!

My Lord, you called my name
before the world began,
and chose that I should be
included in your plan.

How well you know my heart;
its hidden depths you see;
and yet you love me still
and freely pardon me.

You feel my every care,
each hope and each desire;
my burdens you relieve,
new visions you inspire.

From long before my birth
my every path you knew:
I bless you that you turned
my footsteps back to you!

Martin E Leckebusch
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