In our final installment of our series, “A Gracious Greeting,” I’d like us to focus on the central Person of the grace of God, who is the hub of His redemptive purpose–not only for us, but also for all creation.
To the saints who are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus . . . Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ . . . even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world . . . having predestined us for adoption as children through Jesus Christ to himself . . . he freely bestowed favor on us in the Beloved . . . in whom we have our redemption through his blood . . . according to his good pleasure which he purposed in him . . . in him; in whom also we were assigned an inheritance . . . in whom you also . . . having also believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise (Ephesians 1:1-14, World English Bible, WEB, Emphasis added).
Paul presents Christ as the locus (the central location of all points) of salvation. God blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. He chose us in Him. He marked us out for adoption through Christ. He gave us favor in the Beloved, who is Christ. In Him, we possess the redemption by His death on the cross. God purposed our salvation in Christ. In Him, we were assigned as His inheritance. In Christ, God guaranteed our final redemption and inheritance with the sealing of the Holy Spirit.
Thus, the Center of Grace is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. Redemption (being bought with a price and released from the slavery of sin) is inherently Christological. The blessings of salvation are found, fulfilled, and fathomed only in Christ. They are experienced in the realm of the heavenly places—in the sphere of the believer’s union with Christ. God gave them according to His eternal purpose in Christ, which is to unite all things in heaven and on earth around one head, the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:10; Colossians 1:20).
God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing only in Christ. God does not bless us with every spiritual blessing outside of Christ. There is every spiritual blessing for you, but only in Christ! There is no spiritual blessing outside of Christ. Indeed, there can be no salvation outside of Him (Acts 4:12).
Are you in Christ today? Is Christ in you today? Has God planted a burning conviction in your heart that you are set apart for Him? How are you faithful today in Christ? If you have Christ in your heart and you are faithful to Him, then you are a recipient of divine grace. A heavenly inheritance in Christ awaits you!
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