Ephesians 2:6-7

Ephesians 2:6-7

“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

And… Yesterday was ‘but’, today is ‘and.’ Because you see, there is more!

God’s love and mercy and grace and peace transform us on the inside, and transport us into the very bosom of the Trinity, seated with Christ, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.

God has something to prove, and that is that the truth of his love for us goes beyond our darkened desires to walk away from Him. The Trinity wants us to embrace the Son and receive the Spirit so the wrath of the Father can be poured out upon our sin, and not upon us as we carry it.

As New Creations, we should be the testifying witnesses of the incomparable riches of God’s Treasure Map, inviting others to the peace and rest that redemption brings; forgiving just as the Trinity has forgiven us…

Since when did the Trinity lay upon us the responsibility to be agents of shame, blame, accusation and judgement?

Speak life, light, and the power of the Trinity.
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Ephesians 2:4-5

Ephesians 2:4-5

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”

But… yet, nevertheless, nonetheless, even so, however, still, notwithstanding, despite that, in spite of that, for all that, all the same, just the same; though, although.

You see, when standing in the face of God’s over-capacious love which births a treasure trove of mercy, sin loses its power to define us as once again lost and enslaved to its power.

Paul tells us that God is moving toward us in action and to act upon us with the very power in which the Trinity interacts with Itself: Love.

The NASB captures this beautifully, identifying that the word ‘love’ is used twice in the sentence—once as in indicator of God’s character, and the other as the ongoing action: ‘…because of His great love with which He loved us…’

This power and action combination became the the causation and definition for later Christians of a ‘Holy Kiss.’ Consider this, for a moment…

The Trinity—despite all of your sin and brokenness, notwithstanding all that grieves you and shames you—pursues you and lavishes mercy upon you like a mother, kissing away the tears and the pain of her injured and afraid child, making us alive again nevertheless.

Allow me to remind you of what I shared from Ephesians 1:2…

“Grace & Peace are two simple little words that we often move past quickly, thinking we ‘know’ what they mean. I remembered, today, that these are ‘experiential’ words… they can only be ‘known’ when experienced, and they can only be experienced when they come through us experiencing the Trinity.”
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Ephesians 2:3

Ephesians 2:3

“All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.”

All of us… Each and every one of us have participated and experienced a love affair with sin. It beckoned, and we answered. And when we answered, we fed that empty place within us which desired intimacy, belong, life and autonomy with the very poison of our own deadly condition.

Death is not life… and that may seem like a rather non-profound statement—or at least, a rhetorically-obvious one—but it really is something we should contemplate.

Drinking from the well of poison does not quench our spiritual thirst. It teases our tastebuds of death, and makes the ink on God’s Map of Blessing be perceived with less vibrancy.

God is life. The mark of death receives God’s wrath, even as the compassion of the Trinity is extended through invitation to repent and be filled with living water.

And yet… we still sin; poison in our veins. Shame veils our hearts. Joy and peace are interrupted.

Grace whispers and Repentance calls to us as Forgiveness offers to heal us and Redemption renews us… all blessings on the Trinity’s Map to remind us of what we saw in verse 1:7-8: We are Beloved.
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Ephesians 2:1-2

Ephesians 2:1-2

“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. ”

Death. The American culture seems, at times, to value and be so fixated upon the concept of death and dying. We watch things and people blow up in movies and television shows. Tabloids fixate upon conflict and drama, and are eager to pay tribute to the fallen celebrities while digging up the ‘dirt’ each of them had in their humanity. As a people, we spend billions each year to cover up the effects of our aging.

Our culture goes out of its way to to remind us of our own mortality and impending death, that it fails to highlight what it really means to be alive. Mortal joy is equated with participation in the material, the carnal, the destructive, and other things which distract us from the spiritual joy into which God is beckoning us; the ‘living life to the full’ that Jesus said he came to provide.

The NASB captures the idea of how we ‘used to live’ by saying this was the way ‘in which [we] formerly walked according to the course of this world.’ The pattern of sin and death is to move with the world, and to move with the Enemy who influences it. The pattern of joy and life is to walk with the Trinity, discovering and exploring the Treasure Map of Blessing.

Life. The message of the Trinity is life, and a life-long walk with the Trinity as our guide and rescuer, giver and redeemer, blesser and blessing.

Let’s go for a walk.

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Ephesians 1:22-23

Ephesians 1:22-23

“And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”

The Power of the Trinity is shared, given, and submitted to, even within its own relationship. It is something that theologians call the ‘economic Trinity’; the three persons are in activity with each other.

Theologians also have the term ‘ontological Trinity’ to describe the unilateral equality of the Persons within the Trinity; no One is greater than any Other.

Jesus does not receive authority over the church as something bequeathed by a superior. It is granted in partnership and in love.

The fullness and majesty of the Body of Christ is because of the relationship it has to the One who is over it. Jesus fills us, because he is One with the Father and the Spirt. The Trinity is the author of life.
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