In the first two chapters of Ephesians, the scripture is so rich with information about who we are IN Christ. If you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, then all of this knowledge and power is yours. It has been given to us. It’s “included in the package of salvation,” if you will. I could not read these verses and not be excited about my relationship with Christ.
You can go read Ephesians 1 and 2 on your own. Here is a list of the riches Believers have, or have been given, IN Christ:
- Every spiritual blessing
- Been chosen before the foundation of the world
- Redemption through Jesus’ blood
- Forgiveness of sins
- Knowledge of the mystery of God’s will
- An inheritance
- Alive in Christ
- Created for good works
- Nearness to God
- Greatness of His power
- Hope of His calling
- Gentiles and Jews have been made into one body
- Sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise
The Holy Spirit seals us in Christ. He is the pledge of our inheritance and gives us access to the Father.
But what I think is so neat about these verses is this. They tell us that we are being built into the dwelling place of God. We are a project God is working on. He has to lay the foundation of salvation and then we work out our salvation as the Father builds the walls, lays the flooring, and painting the ceilings.
When we are saved Jesus indwells our hearts and then builds us into the temple He wants us to be.
Yet so many times we walk around utterly defeated. Life is work, but we have ALL of these riches in Christ. We have EVERY spiritual blessing before us.
The Father already has the architectural plans. But there has to be hammering, chiseling, sawing, gluing, fixing, and surveying in love to build the dwelling of God.
For God is holy.
We are not.
So be encouraged! God is not finished with you yet. If you are breathing, then God has something for you to do and He will provide you with whatever you need to do His will.
You are going to be a beautiful dwelling place!