The Benefit Package (BBB#2) (Ephesians 1:3-14)Bo Grace, October 2, 2016
Part of the Blessed Beyond Belief series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
That “power that works within us” is the power of God given to every child of God… which means if you are a Christian you have that “power” which in itself is a great blessing – AND – that God wants to bless us beyond our imagination.
Don’t confuse this with the health – wealth – and prosperity proclaimers which is not true. Last week we noted that a basic definition of the Biblical words translated “blessing” is simply “the bestowal of good” which may or may not include health, wealth, etc. Even what seems to be a “bad situation” can be a blessing!
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3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. (KJV)