Ephesians 1:9-14 (NASB):
He (God) made known to us the mystery of His (God) will, according to His (God) kind intention which He (God) purposed in Him (Christ) with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him (Christ) also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His (God) purpose who works all things after the counsel of His (God) will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His (God) glory. In Him (Christ), you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him (Christ) with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.
Just take a moment to realize all of the promises we have “In Christ:”
-God has purposed kind intentions in our union with Christ.
-God has promised an “administration suitable to the fullness of times” both in Heaven and on earth!
-In Christ, we have a promised inheritance.
-God has predestined our purposes according to His will. That is stress relief there!
-Those who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His (God) glory.
-Christ is the true message and hope of our salvation!
-One of my favorite promises, is that we are sealed in Christ with the Holy Spirit.
Amen. These are wonderful and I will be digging a little deeper into these in the next post.