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Ephesians, Chapter One, Lesson Two

BLESSED IN CHRIST            Page 6
V. 5 (Cont'd.)

** Was this according to any human effort or merit?

No! But according to the kind intention of His will!

V. 6 ** What must be the result of God displaying His kind will toward us?

It must bring about "praise to the glory of His grace". Not merely to His grace, but the glory of His grace. Paul uses the word "doxa", meaning the majestic, brightness or beauty of God's grace.


** As we have looked together at God's goodness toward us, does it prompt your heart to join Paul in saying, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ"?

Absolutely! We have received so much, while deserving so little, we must offer Him continual praise by our obedient lifestyle in response to all He has done for us!


** What have we seen today regarding all that our heavenly Father has done for us?

He has: blessed us, chosen us, predestined us, adopted us, He has a kind will toward us and poured His grace upon us!

** What should be our two fold response to our election?

We must be Holy before Him and blameless before men. We should be praising Him as we keep our focus on the "heavenly places" and not be earthbound in our thinking.


** Is there something in my life that causes me to not praise God?

We need to deal with any circumstance which would try to rob our joy or defeat us from an obedient walk with Christ each day. Our preoccupation should be genuine praise from a pure heart for the "glory of His grace".


** Let's commit to the Lord this week, that we will praise Him and the glory of His grace no matter what each day may hold. cf. Luke 19:37-40

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