God deserves to be honored and praised because of His ability to do more than we can ever comprehend. In Ephesians 3:20-21 Paul finishes the third chapter with, 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. God has taken care of His people for all generation and He will continue to do it into eternity. We are never alone and He will never leave us. Praise God for that!
The freedom we received through Christ is immense. Without Christ our approachability to God would be limited, just as it was for the Jewish people in the Old Testament. In Ephesians 3:12 Paul says, In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. We have confidence because of the freedom we have through Christ and it is because of Him that we can have true relationship with God.
Before Christ, there was only a path to God through Israel. But God’s plan is perfect and He made a way for all people through Christ. In Ephesians 3:6 Paul says, This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. The plan has always been for all to be able to receive salvation. What is new is that we are now co-heirs; both Jews and Gentiles. God created all of humanity and His perfect plan and desire is to have a relationship with everyone.
Because of Christ’s sacrifice, we are all part of the family of God. Paul says in Ephesians 2:18, For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. The Jewish people first had access, and now through Christ all have access. We are all part of the same eternal inheritance as co-heirs in Christ.
Before Christ, the chasm between God and us was great. Rules had to be established through the Law. But through Christ the chasm has been bridged. In Ephesian 2:13 Paul says, But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far have been brought near through the blood of Christ. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross gave us everything we need to have authentic relationship with God. There are no barriers and there are no hurdles to be jumped. We are free.
We were all created by God to do great things. God’s intention was to use us greatly and impact those around us in a meaningful way in the light of eternity. In Ephesians 2:10 Paul tells the church in Ephesus, For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. We were created with a purpose. Let us remember that in all we do.
When we talk about the “church”, we are not talking about a building, we are talking about the body of Christ made up of all believers. Paul talks about the make up of the body of Christ in Ephesians 1:22-23, 22 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 intended makeup of our relationship with God was fulfilled when Christ died and God raised Him from the dead. It is because of this miracle and God’s plan which allows each of us to be saved and become members as believers in the body of Christ fulfilled.
God’s plan is perfect. When we trust in Him to walk us through life and we follow His will, we accomplish a fulfilled life through God’s perfect will. Ephesians 1:11 says, In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will. When the chaos around us feels overwhelming, we can rest assured in the truth that God is in control.
As believers and followers of Christ, we have every benefit of knowing God through our relationship with Him. Ephesians 1:3 says, Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Because of salvation and our intimate relationship with Christ, we can enjoy the benefits of a relationship directly with God. Christ gives us that ability and it is because God loved us so much he gave us this way.
Today we read the final Psalm in the Book of Psalm. It is a fitting reminder of all creation’s praise for the Creator of the universe. Psalm 150:6 closes with, Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. Reading through the Psalms reminds us of our path as believers and parallels our journey through this life. We will have ups and downs throughout our lives, but God is always with us.