Just a quick note this morning but something I know I needed to think on and Praise God for this new day.
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also wel all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of our mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. BUT GOD…
First thing to notice is when Paul was speaking he didn’t say “and us” or “we” he said “and you” in verse 1. Even though this is a letter to the Ephesians he made it personal. The whole letter is like this, Paul even had the tendency to make his letters personal. I believe this wasn’t a drive for others to know he wrote the letter, but rather to imitate Christ. Everything about Jesus ministry and sacrifice was personal, so keep this in mind as you read on with me.
Verses 1-3 Paul makes note of how we once walked in the flesh, taking part in its trespasses and acting as the world acts, fulfilling the desires of the flesh- being entirely filled with ourselves, our agenda, our motives, our ideas and opinions–BUT GOD.
Verse 4 starts But God… That’s all I needed this morning. The Hope and reminder that in the midst of the world’s stuff God said “I know they left me, BUT…”
For that pause of thought from the creator we gained the opportunity to spend eternity with an everlasting and loving God. A rest from chaos and noise; to know for eternity that He is our perfect peace, and that we had nothing to do with saving ourselves.
Take the first two words of verse 4, and follow them with what He has been merciful for in your day.
BUT GOD, forgave me even when I didn’t honor my husband, wasn’t patient with my kids, was rude at work…
He never changes, never walks away or gives up on those who have been made alive in Christ.