THE MYSTERY OF GOD’S GREAT LOVE FOR US
Paul reminds the Ephesians of the reality of personal sin. Like them, we must never forget our past, the condition from which Jesus saved us. Those memories are the best fuel for our gratitude to Christ for all He has done in our behalf. 1And you [He made alive] when you were dead (slain) by [your] trespasses and sins. Eph. 2:1 (And He is still yet doing it and He will do the same for them).
You lived just like they were in sin (in this world). You may not have done as much as others…but you also sinned. The prince of the power of the air (disobedience). You stinked up the nostrils of God too. How we look at others and condemn them for their sins…will not allow us to win their souls without the love of Christ Jesus. That is what Jesus did. 2 In which you once walked. You were following the ways of this world [influenced by this present age], in accordance with the prince of the power of the air (Satan), the spirit who is now at work in the disobedient [the unbelieving, who fight against the purposes of God]. Eph. 2:2
Paul said: We all had our time in sin – fulfilling the lust of the flesh – by nature, the children of wrath. 3 Among these [unbelievers] we all once lived in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by the sinful self], indulging the desires of human nature [without the Holy Spirit] and [the impulses] of the [sinful] mind. We were, by nature, children [under the sentence] of [God’s] wrath, just like the rest [of mankind]. Eph 2:3
But God—Who is rich in Mercy for His Great Love—where with His Love brought you out of His wrath. You have to allow God’s Love to minister to others. The only way that we can save them. By the word of your testimony. Mercy is God’s compassion for the helpless that relieves their situation. While Grace involves God giving Believers the Blessing they do not deserve. Mercy means not giving the punishment that is deserved.
And He raised us up together with Him [when we believed], and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, [because we are] in Christ Jesus.
REMINDER: THE MYSTERY OF GOD’S GREAT LOVE FOR US!!!!
Love you and the Blessings of God be upon you
Prophetess Dr. Eleanor Nichols
“A WILLING VESSEL for THE LORD”