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Even in the prophets, we see the gospel clearly proclaimed. Take heart and know that even long ago God planned to save a people unto Himself
Hosea 2:16-20
Idolatry is an act of unfaithfulness to Yahweh. His purpose of His people is that they know Him in an intimate way, forsaking all others.
Hosea 2:16-20
Do not be discouraged when you sin. God's promise to be with His people is not hindered by your sin, as we learn from Jacob
Genesis 28:10-15
God's promise to keep you secure lies not in your ability to perform or not perform, but in His good word
Genesis 28:10-15
Jesus' incarnation was not simply to come as God in the flesh. It was to fulfill the atonement for His people and be crushed by God.
Isaiah 53:1-6
Worry & Anxiousness are the beginning signs of idolatry, even worry over our basic needs. Do you worry?
Matthew 6:25-34
Even our basic needs are no cause for anxiety. Jesus assures us that the Father will provide for His children from day to day
Matthew 6:25-34
What does believing and doubting have to do with prayer and receiving from God? EVERYTHING!
James 1:2-8
The believer's certainty is so sure that John stated it twice. God's love for His people is remarkable!
John 3:9-18
Humility is submitting to God, both in trials and in the Church
1 Peter 5:6-9
Paul's success in the gospel was due largely to the people's help. Do you stand behind those who minister to you?
Philippians 1:3-11
The resurrection gives a believer hope because he will be kept by a power greater than himself–God's own power.
1Peter 1:3-5
We receive everything of God "according to His great mercy." Everything hinges on this
1Peter 1:3-5
How do we fear God and love Him at the same time? The Psalmist has the answer
Psalms 147:10-11
Our salvation is the most precious thing we have. The prophets, apostles, and Holy Spirit all testify to it
1 Peter 1:10-12
The Incarnation of Christ is about more than just a manger. He is manifested for the joy of the world
1 John 1:1-5
Chaos is not always bad. God commands that we fully lean on Him. Israel's wanderings are a great example of good chaos.
Deuteronomy 8:1-5
A person who fancies their self religious but has no outward manifestation is one who is most deceived indeed.
James 1:26-27
Trials are only here for a little while; and then we are with Jesus. What a great comfort this should be to Christians!
1 Peter 1:1-9
God's holiness is fearful; His mercy is greater
Isaiah 6:1-7
Forget your checklist. Stop looking inside to find your justification and look to the cross for a clean conscience.
Galatians 3:1-7
God is the ultimate Blesser. We should focus less on our blessings and focus more on the Blesser Himself.
Ephesians 1:1-14
The goodness of God leads us to great philanthropic acts (good works) because He saved us from a life of sinful desires and attitudes.
Titus 3:1-8
Do you like stirring up trouble? Are you a person who likes to argue just for argument's sake? If so you may be in danger!
Titus 3:9-11
If you believe good works has nothing to do with Christianity, think again. Good works doesn't sanctify us but it proves our fruit.
Titus 3:12-15
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Titus 3:1-8
Main point summary. Arc.
Ephesians 1:1-14
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Galatians 1:1-5
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1 Corinthians 2:6-9
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Ephesians 1:3-10
Inheritors of the Crown   Again, the glory of God and Christ are the central theme in this pass...
Ephesians 1:11-14
Context This section of Hebrews 11 deals specifically with the faith of Abraham.
Hebrews 11:8-19
  Note on 1c - One may ask why I consider 1c a concessive statement.
1 Peter 1:1-5
A Brief Synopsis 7a seems to be the ground for these four verses.
1 Peter 1:6-9
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. . .To His Glorious Praise
Ephesians 1:3-9
It appears that the two main themes that flow out of this passage are: To His glorious praise.
Published June 1st, 2012
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2009-09-19 19:20:11
2015-11-14 01:15:15
It appears that the two main themes that flow out of this passage are: To His glorious praise. According to His purpose Within these two main themes I see three smaller themes developing. First, there is the idea of spiritual blessings. This seems to lay the foundation for what is to come next. Many have stated that these blessings are every privilege that the Christian has including prayer, evangelizing, freedom of condemnation, etc; and this would not be too far-fetched. However, I believe that Paul is telling us why we as believers have these spiritual blessings. The blessings come because of our predestination; because of His choosing of us before the foundation of the world. Second, is a two-fold theme. (1) The blessings are in a particular person: Jesus Christ. They can be found in none other, hence the reason that they are spiritual (of God's Spirit). (2) We can not choose to be blessed of this magnitude. Because the basis of these blessings are in Christ and based upon His purpose and praise and His election, then it is given to whomever He will purpose. I believe this whole idea is the basis for the rest of the book, and especially chapter 2 as Paul lays forth the idea that salvation is wholly of God. Third, are the benefits of the believer because of God's election. 1:4 begins with Just as He chose us , marking the cause of our spiritual blessings. Because of this we are now in Him to become holy and blameless ( 4b), sons of God (5b) redeemed from sin (7a), forgiveness of sins (7b), and God Himself revealing to His lowly creatures His mystery, the gospel (9a). What an awesome thought that God would choose me as one of His beloved sons! If any passage were ever to cause us to break out in praise and worship it should definitely be this one. :)
10000000012416 12416 Notes 2009-09-19 19:20:11 2015-11-14 01:15:15 It appears that the two main themes that flow out of this passage are: To His glorious praise. According to His purpose Within these two main themes I see three smaller themes developing. First, there is the idea of spiritual blessings. This seems to lay the foundation for what is to come next. Many have stated that these blessings are every privilege that the Christian has including prayer, evangelizing, freedom of condemnation, etc; and this would not be too far-fetched. However, I believe that Paul is telling us why we as believers have these spiritual blessings. The blessings come because of our predestination; because of His choosing of us before the foundation of the world. Second, is a two-fold theme. (1) The blessings are in a particular person: Jesus Christ. They can be found in none other, hence the reason that they are spiritual (of God's Spirit). (2) We can not choose to be blessed of this magnitude. Because the basis of these blessings are in Christ and based upon His purpose and praise and His election, then it is given to whomever He will purpose. I believe this whole idea is the basis for the rest of the book, and especially chapter 2 as Paul lays forth the idea that salvation is wholly of God. Third, are the benefits of the believer because of God's election. 1:4 begins with Just as He chose us , marking the cause of our spiritual blessings. Because of this we are now in Him to become holy and blameless ( 4b), sons of God (5b) redeemed from sin (7a), forgiveness of sins (7b), and God Himself revealing to His lowly creatures His mystery, the gospel (9a). What an awesome thought that God would choose me as one of His beloved sons! If any passage were ever to cause us to break out in praise and worship it should definitely be this one. :) notes
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Εὐλογητὸς ὁ θεὸς καὶ πατὴρ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ,
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
ὁ εὐλογήσας ἡμᾶς ἐν πάσῃ εὐλογίᾳ πνευματικῇ ἐν τοῖς ἐπουρανίοις ἐν Χριστῷ,
who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
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καθὼς ἐξελέξατο ἡμᾶς ἐν αὐτῷ πρὸ καταβολῆς κόσμου,
even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world,
εἶναι ἡμᾶς ἁγίους καὶ ἀμώμους κατενώπιον αὐτοῦ
that we should be holy and blameless before him.
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ἐν ἀγάπῃ, προορίσας ἡμᾶς
In love he predestined us
εἰς υἱοθεσίαν διὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ
for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ,
εἰς αὐτόν, κατὰ τὴν εὐδοκίαν τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ,
according to the purpose of his will,
εἰς ἔπαινον δόξης τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ ἧς ἐχαρίτωσεν ἡμᾶς ἐν τῷ ἠγαπημένῳ,
to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
ἐν ᾧ ἔχομεν τὴν ἀπολύτρωσιν διὰ τοῦ αἵματος αὐτοῦ,
In him we have redemption through his blood,
τὴν ἄφεσιν τῶν παραπτωμάτων,
the forgiveness of our trespasses,
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κατὰ τὸ πλοῦτος τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ,
according to the riches of his grace,
ἧς ἐπερίσσευσεν εἰς ἡμᾶς ἐν πάσῃ σοφίᾳ καὶ φρονήσει
which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
γνωρίσας ἡμῖν τὸ μυστήριον τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ,
making known to us the mystery of his will,
κατὰ τὴν εὐδοκίαν αὐτοῦ ἣν προέθετο ἐν αὐτῷ
according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ
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10000000012416 12416 Arc 2009-09-19 19:20:11 2009-09-21 10:26:53 editing Ephesians 1 3 1 9 Ephesians 1:3-9 49 NT tisch esv i328877 i328878 i328863 Εὐλογητὸς ὁ θεὸς καὶ πατὴρ τοῦ κυρίου ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, i328864 ὁ εὐλογήσας ἡμᾶς ἐν πάσῃ εὐλογίᾳ πνευματικῇ ἐν τοῖς ἐπουρανίοις ἐν Χριστῷ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, actionmanner 1 i328879 i328880 i328865 καθὼς ἐξελέξατο ἡμᾶς ἐν αὐτῷ πρὸ καταβολῆς κόσμου, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, i328866 εἶναι ἡμᾶς ἁγίους καὶ ἀμώμους κατενώπιον αὐτοῦ that we should be holy and blameless before him. ideaexplanation 1 i328881 i328867 ἐν ἀγάπῃ, προορίσας ἡμᾶς In love he predestined us i328868 εἰς υἱοθεσίαν διὰ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, i328869 εἰς αὐτόν, κατὰ τὴν εὐδοκίαν τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ, according to the purpose of his will, i328870 εἰς ἔπαινον δόξης τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ ἧς ἐχαρίτωσεν ἡμᾶς ἐν τῷ ἠγαπημένῳ, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. i328882 i328883 i328871 ἐν ᾧ ἔχομεν τὴν ἀπολύτρωσιν διὰ τοῦ αἵματος αὐτοῦ, In him we have redemption through his blood, i328872 τὴν ἄφεσιν τῶν παραπτωμάτων, the forgiveness of our trespasses, actionresult 2 i328884 i328873 κατὰ τὸ πλοῦτος τῆς χάριτος αὐτοῦ, according to the riches of his grace, i328874 ἧς ἐπερίσσευσεν εἰς ἡμᾶς ἐν πάσῃ σοφίᾳ καὶ φρονήσει which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight actionmanner 1 1 i328885 i328875 γνωρίσας ἡμῖν τὸ μυστήριον τοῦ θελήματος αὐτοῦ, making known to us the mystery of his will, i328876 κατὰ τὴν εὐδοκίαν αὐτοῦ ἣν προέθετο ἐν αὐτῷ according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ actionpurpose 2 1 1 1 tisch 25 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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