June 05, 2019: SOAP #3471:  Proverbs 30,31; Psalm 33; Ephesians 1T Scripture:  Ephesians (NIV) 1:4 In love 5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will"6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. […]

June 05, 2019: SOAP #3471: Proverbs 30,31; Psalm 33; Ephesians 1T

Scripture:  Ephesians (NIV) 1:4 In love 5 he predestinedus to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with hispleasure and will"6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freelygiven us in the One he loves.

Observation:   Althoughgrace reached to us through the life and work of Jesus, it is clearly found inthe heart of our Father God!  In versesix, the grace that is extended freely to us through Christ is seen asbelonging to the Father. How He must have suffered to stand aside while His Sonpurchased our redemption.  Jesussacrificed His life; but the Father sacrificed His Son!  

Jesus is not the 'One He used,' but the 'One He loves.' Jesus is here spoken ofas the “beloved” or the “One he loves.” Do not think thatthe Father did not hurt when His beloved Son died!

Who can understand the greatness of God's grace to us? I wonder if we will evenunderstand it better when we get to heaven. We will appreciate it more, for wewill understand better the love the Father has for the Son. We will appreciateit more for we will better understand the glory the Son was willing to leave tobring many sons to the Father!  But willwe ever fully understand the motivational depths of that grace? Only then willwe know!

Application:   Thisverse helps me better appreciate: 'For God so loved the world that He gave HisOnly Begotten Son'  (John 3:16)   Thesacrifice for me of Jesus on the cross is because of the sacrifice of God theFather for me in heaven!  Father God determinedthat what He would gain by sending His Only Begotten Son would make thesacrifice worth the pain and suffering. 

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, thank you for your sacrificein sending your Son to die for my sins.  Mayyou be rewarded in gaining a large family of sons and daughters just likeJesus. Amen

Pastor Leon
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