Our Riches in Christ

Patrick Henry once said, “I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them and that is faith in Jesus Christ. If they had that and I had not given them a single shilling, they would have been rich; and if they had not … More

Riches

Man does not save himself, for salvation is of the Lord (John 2:9). You receive spiritual blessings from the Father (vv. 1-6), the Son (vv. 7-12), and the Spirit (vv. 13-14) and in Christ (vv. 15-23), you have all you need for life and service. Paul starts off by addressing his letter to the saints (v. 1). The dictionary defines a saint as a “person officially recognized for holiness of life.” The word saint is used nine times in this brief letter and is one of several terms used in the New Testament to describe “those who have trusted Jesus Christ. This does not mean that all saints are sinless but simply that all believers are saints. “I pray that God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and will bless you with peace! as Savior” (v. 2).

The theme of the book is stated when it refers to the riches we have in Christ Jesus (v. 3). What God’s storehouse contains in Christ Jesus, only eternity will reveal. When we were born into God’s family we were born rich. At the time of this writing Bill Gates is said to be the richest man in the world with over 40.7 billion dollars but this wealth is just pennies compared with the spiritual wealth we have in Christ. The unsaved person is concerned primarily with the things in this life because this is where he lives. Whereas the Christian’s life should be centered in heaven because this is where his citizenship is. Many of us live like paupers when Christ has made us rich.

We find that God provided for our salvation before one star was placed in the universe (v. 4). The statement “He hath chosen us” introduces the doctrine of election which no one can fully understand. The mystery of divine sovereignty and human responsibility will never be solved in this life. All we know is that both are taught in the Bible; both are true, and both are essential. The next verse (v. 5), introduces us to the word predestination which refers primarily to what God does for saved people.  God was very kind to us because of the Son he dearly loves, and so we should praise God (v.6).

Application

What does it mean for me to be rich in Christ? He has deposited many valuable things for me in the bank of heaven and they are only valuable as I draw on them.

 

Ephesians 1:1-6 (English Standard Version)


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