Tuesday, January 22, 2013

THE PRAISE OF HIS GLORY!


Would you believe that you and I who have trusted in Christ’s redemption are considered to be the “praise of the glory of His grace?” So says the scripture in Ephesians 1:3-6.
“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, 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 - having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the beloved.”

There is no clearer explanation as to what God thinks about you and what He has purposed for your life than what is found in the book of Ephesians.

I found that the word “glory” appears eight times and refers to the exceeding excellence of God’s love, His wisdom, and His power. The word “praise” means “approval” or “commendation.” This “praise” is not only expressed for what God does for us, but also for who He is, which recognizes His glory.
In short, Ephesians discloses some awesome blessings of grace (“accepting us in the beloved”), and awesome dimensions of spiritual authority over evil (“according to the power that works in us.”) Ephesians 3:20

His Workmanship - Ephesians 4:10 says “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

The word for “workmanship” comes from the word “poiema” (poy-ay-mah). The word means “to make,” and also is used for “poem,” or “poetry.” Get this! It’s a word that signifies a product or design produced by an artisan. “Poiema” emphasizes God as the Master Designer, the universe as His creation (Romans 1:20), and the redeemed believer as His new creation (Ephesians 2:10). Before our conversion our lives had no rhyme or reason. But Christ brought balance, symmetry, and order in our lives. We are God’s poem. We are His work of art. “We who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory!” (Ephesians 1:12) You are not a piece of work — you are a work of art! 

- Pastor Amundson