I’m doing a Bible study that instructs me to look for Truths, Promises, Commands, and Application. This week, the reading is Ephesians 1:1-14. (Click on the reference to follow along.)
And it dawned on me today that the formula just isn’t working!
Truths? Well, it’s all Truth, of course. It’s the Word of God!
Promises? Commands? No, not really.
Hard as I try, I can’t isolate any instructions to follow. These verses don’t tell me what to do or what to believe. They aren’t about me at all. No, they are about God, and all that He has done! One after another, Paul simply itemizes the ways that God has worked and is still working in believers.
It’s not about me–it’s all about God! Here’s what it says about Him:
He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world.
He predestined us to adoption as sons.
He freely bestowed His grace upon us in the Beloved.
He redeemed us through His blood and forgave us.
He lavished His grace on us.
He made known to us the mystery of His will.
He gave us an inheritance.
He works all things after the counsel of His will.
He sealed us in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise.
It’s an amazing list. And notice that the entire thing, with only one exception, is in the past tense? It’s been done. God has it handled.
I guess the Promise is that He works ALL THINGS after the counsel of His will…as He knows is best, and as He has planned. He knows what He’s doing, and has known since…well, always! Since before the foundation of the world, when He chose us.
And the Command? It’s simply that I should believe that–I should trust that God has already worked it out. As Jesus said on the cross, “It is finished.”
The Application, then?
Let me peacefully abide in You, Lord, knowing that
You Have It Under Control.
To the praise of His glory!