Wednesday, November 14, 2012

living for the future

Good evening friends,
Today's reading is a difficult one, but the point Paul emphasizes several times is that in Christ we have redemption. By this he means not only that our sins are forgiven, but also that we become God's children by adoption and get a new start in that way as well. While we already have this new life as children of God, we also look ahead to an even better future, what Paul calls "a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in [Christ], things in heaven and things on earth..." When things have run their course we will be part of the redemption of the whole world. We see that future now in the love we know in Jesus and we hope for God's plan to be fulfilled. 

Knowing that future guides us in our actions. God calls us to fit in not with the twisted world around us now, but with the redeemed future we hope for. God calls us to love other people as Chris has loved us, to live like the blessed future is here already. In hope, we follow Christ each day.

God bless,

Ephesians 1:3-14
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. 5He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 

7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight 9he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, 12so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. 

13In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; 14this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

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