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Our Great Salvation: The Plan

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September 12, 2022 4:43 pm

Our Great Salvation: The Plan

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September 12, 2022 4:43 pm

Dr. John H. Munro September 11, 2022 Ephesians 1:1-14

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Tonight we begin this series on Paul's letter to the Ephesians and argument. The general title of great salvation, and that on the Sunday evenings as I preach to this Lord willing. I don't want to give necessarily verse by verse exposition want to move out fairly quickly and to give more of a general overview of our great salvation as presented by Paul.

In Ephesians that much. The background of the letter to the Ephesians for a couple reasons. One is that if you look at and I trust building your Bibles know to Ephesians if you look at the opening verse Ephesians 1 reads as follows. Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God to the saints who are in Ephesus and are faithful in Christ Jesus died on the in your Bible, but mine done the footnotes regarding about some of the manuscripts of mentoring the phrase in Ephesus and I looked into that and does appear that many of the better manuscripts omit these verses and there may be different reasons why that is the case. It's been suggested by some that this letter, I would be read not only by the church in Ephesus, but other churches in the area and that so it may be laid to see Colossae and other ones as well because as we reads this letter of Ephesians different from either Colossians and Galatians. For example, there is no reference by Paul to any particular situation in the church at Ephesus so doesn't seem to be written for a particular purpose to correct. For example, in Galatians, a false understanding of the gospel in the Colossae there was a false doctrine, circulating, and Paul addresses that are here.

It seems to be more general and presents these wonderful truths which applied to these churches in Southwest Asia minor Southwest Turkey as we know it and come to us today so I'm looking for to all of the background you could be divided in acts chapter 12 we do know acts chapter 19 we do know that Paul spent at least two years in Ephesus and was very active in that area so you look at the first 14 verses and I find it a great salvation. The plan these 14 verses which is good to read to be around like a him.

Paul is laying a rich theological foundation of the gospel. This RV begins. Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God to the same throughout an emphasis on their faithful in Christ Jesus, grace to you and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Two of the outstanding words of the Christian gospel grace and peace. And Paul is going to give an exposition of these is going to talk a lot about grace. Salvation by grace and living by grace and is also going to address this great subject of peace to the essentials of the Christian faith to great things that we need. We need you need. I need the grace of God and we need the peace of God, and Paul is making it very clear that this grace and peace doesn't come from ourselves is not manufactured within us. But it comes from God our father and our Lord Jesus Christ and in these verses the first 14 verses were going to consider salvation from God's perspective, grace and peace are from God our father and the Lord Jesus and is interesting to compare this letter which is deeply theological, particularly the first three chapters with Paul's letter to Romans when Paul writes the Rome. He begins with the sinful condition of man and woman we thought about this morning. All have sinned and come short with the grace of God, of the glory of God. Here Paul doesn't begin with the condition of man sinful man, but rather he presents the gospel from the divine perspective is going to first deal without great salvation and then in chapter 2 is going to deal with sin.

There's different ways as we present the gospel to people.

Jim has encouraged us this week through 9/11 to reach out to people and that's were doing that. Haven't you learned but with different people. There's different approaches and that we pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us so that we know the person who is this person when they in their spiritual journey and so there's not just, as it were, one ABC formula that we apply across the board because even Paul as he presents the gospel is doing a very differently here in Ephesus and Ephesians compared with Romans one of the things I love about these opening verses is that Paul is dealing with a great panorama of salvation is doing as we shall see with our salvation before the foundation of the world. And then he's going to present the fullness of times he's doing with salvation from eternity to eternity and discovering it in a wonderful broad sweep verses three through 14 are really one last sentence with three parts, each part and then to the praise of his glory or, if you look at verse six. It ends to the praise of his glorious grace. Verse 12 in client.

The first open Christ, might be to the praise of his glory and the rest 14 to the praise of his glory got three main sections in these first 14 verses and an understanding of God's plan of salvation produces. I know verse of praise and worship by Paul kind of doxology isn't it because as we reflect on our salvation. If it doesn't produce praise doesn't produce adoration. It means we haven't grasped the understanding of salvation as we worship God.

We reflect on the glory of God, how we think of his workers were going to learn that God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit are all involve the triune God uninvolved in the salvation of one person. So when you are saved and when I was saved. The father the son and the Holy Spirit were all involved in our salvation and a beautiful harmony in this great plan of salvation through which is Paul says that would blast with every spiritual blessing in Christ but you said on if I can take that and I don't if I can think of them as a promise that we are blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ that God is the origin God is the source, God is the goal of our great salvation and is at work as well learn through reading Ephesians God is at work in our salvation. In the past before you were born is involved in your salvation now presently in these involved in the future of past, present and the future SHIPPED in this wonderful plan of salvation. You say, what are the spiritual blessings once read them. Ephesians 1 and let me read from verse three Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. Even as he chose us in the him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and blameless before him in love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace with which he has blessed us in the beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us in all wisdom and insight, making known to us the mystery of his will according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth and him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will so that we were the first to hope in Christ, might be to the praise of his glory in him you also would you have the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we are quiet possession of it to the praise of his glory. Someone should see a man or a small hallelujah. First of all regularly at verses three through six.

Our great salvation God father chooses us the plan of our great salvation is initiated not by us but by God the father.

Look at verse four. God the father chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world plan of salvation wasn't devised during your lifetime. Not only was this ever before you were born. Not only was it before you ever did anything but before the fund nation of the world before the heavens and the arts were created.

God chose us in Christ.

Paul says in second Timothy one verse nine regarding the plan of salvation. He said this before the ages began difficult to get an arrangement that isn't it.

The dog is the source of salvation and before the creation of the world, God the father love his people love you and me. John tells us in first John we love because he first loved us the love God that we would say yes, we love God well before we ever love God. He loved us.

Your misers would love with it never last thing. Love the married couples sometimes wonder what this love last. We know the shipment love sometimes does not last. Sometimes it becomes seller. Sometimes it becomes broken. Sometimes a become stale.

But think of this that we through the grace of God our love with ever lasting love and look at verse five. In love he predestined kind us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will that predestination refers to the goal of God the father selection that when you talk about election document predestination you try to introduce that in Christian circles, and you're going to get some fears and passionate debates onto generated generally generating more heat than light and that people can get very passionate about the subject and I've had people say I don't believe in election believe in election. Even as he chose us in him I could not believe in election. I don't believe in predestination. Your Bible the same as mine. In love he predestined us for adoption to him self. Let me say this next on they were to be talking about private. It is very very important as you study your Bible as you read your Bible as you respond to biblical preaching and teaching that there is humility.

God gives grace not to the proud, you could say the product needs grace, the pride wouldn't receive grace God gives grace to the humble. And it is essential that as we come to the word of God that is a humility of spirit and election predestination. Let me say very strongly that these are biblical truths disabled is difficult to understand.

Another question is that many truths are difficult to understand but we have to accept the authority of Scripture. Let me ask you determine your Bibles to Deuteronomy chapter 7. Do you believe that Israel was God's chosen nation in the Old Testament absolutely course, it was why did God choose Israel.

Deuteronomy 7 verse six drumming for the book in the Old Testament for your people holy to the Lord your God, the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasure possession. The beautiful expression treasure possession of all the people stood on the face of their Lord, why did you choose Israel. It was not because your motor number than any other people that the Lord said his love and you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples. This verse eight, but it is because the Lord loves you wonderful the God in the sovereign purposes takes this man is a pagan emblem living in your mother called in present-day Iraq and he chooses this man is going be the father of a great nation where they Israelites a particularly holy people read your Bible.

They were rebellious. They disobeyed God they went into idolatry. Why did God choose them. He chose them because he decided to choose the he chose them of love is John. That's the Old Testament right over to the New Testament Gospel of John. John chapter 15. Wonder why Jesus chose Peter and Andrew, James and John and the disciples with with a particularly spiritual people was because they were particularly holy thickly close to the Lord really not when you read the New Testament. This John chapter 15 verse 16 you did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should abide the Lord Jesus is walking by the sea of Galilee, Lord willing. Somoza going to be there in just a couple months or so.

Walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, and this is a couple fishermen there are casting their nets prevented. Come follow me want to choose them to the other fishermen's other ones that are mending the nets. James and John, I want you to leave everything I want you to follow what basis did God choose them what basis did God choose you and me, not because of anything in them, not because of anything they did.

But out of God's free sovereign grace of the father's love in the plan of salvation God acts first, not us.

It is God's plan of salvation, grace and peace from God our father and the Lord Jesus Christ's room. He first came to Christ, we thought that we were choosing Christ and in essence we were but then we understand is really there Bibles as would begin to grow in our faith, the wonderful truth that ever before.

I chose Christ he had chosen me to put me in a particular family in a particular situation. He had superintendent events in your life whereby you would hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and we understand is not so much that we chose God as he chose us so much that we were seeking God invite Paul says no one seeks after God left to themselves will naturally rebellious God has to intervene in the goal of the father's choice. Verse four is that we should be holy and blameless before him. God's plan of salvation is not just to save us. By this I have a relationship with us, holy relationship, a blameless relationship. It is this is overwhelming it is to adopt us into his eternal family, so that we should be like his son verse five in love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will pre-this is the destiny with the destiny destiny is to be holy and blameless. The destiny is to be like God's son. I am pleased that assigned to be like perfectly like Jesus Christ will not be accomplished.

Yes, my because it's part of God's plan of salvation.

Some of you looking at me saying I'm not sure if it's true well turn to Romans 810 to Romans eight all of us love Romans 828 and rightly so. We know that for those who love God all things work together for good while. How is it that all things work together for good for believers.

How is that the case when we mess up when we stray when we sin, how is it that all things work together for good for those who are called according to his purpose.

For those whom he foreknew he also predestined predestined to be want what's the destiny to be conformed to the image of his son in order that he, Christ, might be the firstborn among many brothers. Those whom he predestined he also called those whom he called he also justified that service salvation will be first come to Christ with others.

This those whom he justified he also refined so that here in time I can personalize this is a 12-year-old little boy, a Christian, I place my faith in Jesus. Christ, I would lay nothing sensational. My heart is opened and the receive Christ my sins are forgiven is a wonder of God had chosen John Monroe before the foundation of the world is and what he knew you're going to be a nice guy in a plastic no us on the basis of course not.

Not only am I going to be safe. I'm going to be conformed to the image of his son.

He adopt us into his family. Paul is saying here for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ see what God purposes will be accomplished. There is nothing in the world. Nothing in the whole universe which can take away the salvation of the true believer.

Why, because God is at work.

It is God's choice is God. Salvation God has plead that assigned us to be like his son.

So we are justified now.

We are all involved. If we are following Christ would involved in the process of our sanctification that this even though coming more and more like Jesus, are we perfectly like Jesus. No, not yet there.

One day this is guaranteed that we shall be perfectly like the son of God, because God has plead that assigned us through adoption into his family to be like his son is what we strongly believe that you can't lose your salvation.

The plan of salvation, we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ chosen Paul says here to be holy and blameless, chosen to be like God son blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places that I understand that is a deep mystery in God's plan of salvation can answer all of your questions in this note, the greatest mystery is the God would choose me and knowing some of you as I do, that God would choose you this. Why, why am I a follower of Christ rather than some of the little boys I went to school with was better than them. I was not why is it when I preach the gospel. Some people respond another people dawns can I explain that no icons is because some are more intelligent. Others knows him to do with intelligence is because some are more naturally spiritual than others know that's not the reason Shirley God is sovereign in salvation God's control and control over the entire universe, past, present and future. Paul says here in verse 11. He works all things according to the counsel of his will and God's sovereign choice doesn't rule out human responsibility is to make that clear essential part of the gospel is whoever John 316 for God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life that responds to the gospel is absolutely essential.

God's election and human responsibility are presented in Scripture. You say how can that be well. Look at verse 13 pulses in him you also, when you had the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. What did you do and believed in him. Verse 15 for this reason because I've had your faith in the Lord Jesus was the other one verse 19 yes, what is the immeasurable greatness of his power towards us who believe. So here the one hand is God's sovereign choice here in the other hand, are these first century Christians in Ephesus and elsewhere who believe in the Lord Jesus who had faith in the Lord Jesus with these truths God's election and human responsibility are clearly presented in Scripture John six verse 37 all that the father gives me will come to me that's got sovereign elections in the and whoever comes to me I will never trust that the father gives us to the sun, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out verse 44 no one can come to me unless the father who sent me draws him. That has to be the work of God in the life of that individual opening that mind and heart to understand the sin to understand the beauty of salvation before the ever trusted bots we have to believe you say well I can't reconcile these two truths in my mind. No wonder the best illustration I've heard was with Spurgeon who said that is like a door and you enter the door and above the door of the words whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved through the door and you turn back and you see on its chosen before the foundation of the world to the stress of election is a truth for believers to understand that God the father graciously loves us and shows us before the foundation of the world dies, it produces great security and stability great comfort great humility great praise thou salvation is grounded in the eternal purposes of God, whatever the challenges of the difficulties of life.

We know that our sovereign father is at work in our life. He's chosen us he predestined us to be like his son Paul is saying on the good work.

He begins in the he will bring to completion to the day of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 16 was a good work you begins our salvation, lose our salvation know the good work you begins and that he will bring to completion. Why, because of his eternal purposes, and I ask you, my dear brothers and sisters don't reject biblical truths because you can't understand them. Don't reject biblical truth because you kind and you would mind you think is not fair that I don't understand and therefore you don't reject the member. Humility is key.

God is infinite in his wisdom, God is infinite in his love. God is infinite in his justice. Augustine said we vetting to biblical truth we see that that but we don't see the bottom.

We understand these truths are indeed but we do not plumb that say with Paul or the depth of the riches of wisdom and knowledge of God, how unsearchable are his judgments, and and inscrutable as ways to integrate salvation God the father chooses us. Secondly, in our great salvation, God the son redeems us as I read in verses 7 to 12 salvation is planned by God the father but is accomplished by God the son were going to sing in a minute or the love that Drew salvation's plan or the grace that brought it down to man. Did you know this as I read that the benefits of salvation are in Christ is the center of Paul's theology in Christ.

Verse one to the saints who are in Ephesus and are faithful in Christ Jesus. Verse three we have, who has blessed us in Christ. Verse four even as he chose us in him in the verse six.

He has blessed us in the beloved. Verse seven in him we have redemption and the verse nine, the purpose which he set forth in Christ.

Verse 11 in him we have obtained an inheritance, verse 12, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ. Verse 13 in him you also would you have the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him. I citizen the in Christ and in Christ our Lord. My salvation is disorderly in Jesus Christ God the father plans it and it is executed.

It is implemented in Christ.

Verse seven God the son redeems us the Greeks and the Romans to prisoners of war become slaves and the slaves could be bought. A ransom could be paid a price could be paid to the owner of the slave and the slave then release the word, redeems Paul uses this analogy for the believer.

Once we were captive to sin is going to say the first three verses of chapter 2 will captive to sin.

We need to be redeemed. We need to be delivered that we free ourselves, absolutely not.

How does our Lord Jesus, redeem us, he purchase those purchases us out of the slave market of sin. Verse seven. By forgiving our trespasses, he pardons us from sin's guilt and he sets us free from the bondage in captivity of sin.

He accomplishes our redemption through his dad and resurrection. Notice the redemption comes about through his blood he gives his life for sing about before the vet this morning that the Lord Jesus had to die on the cross.

The cost of our redemption is about a blog of our Lord Jesus Christ, our redemption is in Christ, it is in him we have redemption through his blood that the cross of Christ is at the very center of God's great salvation.

This is the great mistake of many churches and that that the cross is just becomes a symbol you can have authentic Christianity without the cross of Christ, the one who creates us the one who plans our salvation now redeems us, we turn our back on him. We go a long way and God intervenes in our life. We are redeemed through his blood. All of this was a wonderfully Paul expresses it in verse seven in him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us. Christ redeems us. He does so I called his abundant riches, but he does more redeems us according to the riches of his grace. Remember we had just arrived in the United States where when I was at $7 million and thereby the year living a student's little different lifestyle that would be used in Scotland and I got a call from one of her former clients very wealthy man then that these $11 during business John and that I'd like to meet with you and I'm staying access in such a tell which was the best hotel in Dallas and he said I want to meet you there so I could learn and I said to good day. Well at least a month to get a good steak dinner this and that I go is from the city of Aberdeen known to be particularly frugal and we said that in the sky was very, very wealthy. We knew this and that he began by saying forget it could be said to serve you write your expecting a big steak dinner.

He said well I don't know about you John, but I'm not really hungry, a couple coffee will do me, and of course he paid was playing out of his riches but he wasn't paying. According to his riches is one that some free legal advice. Attend to what God is when God in his grace saves us he lavishes lavishes his grace upon us and it is in accordance with his riches. He gives all he has so that we are described as followers of Christ being in Christ is not just that God gives you a little bit of salvation is not that they just love your little bit is not just that a small span of his infinite grace comes on you. He lavishes his grace upon us by redeeming us by uniting us with Christ as he says in verses nine and 12 united in Christ in the fullness of time that nothing can support for God's great cosmic plans, which center and his son in our magnificent Lord Jesus Christ's. Let me hurry with this, as we finish third in the great salvation God the Holy Spirit seals us, God the father plans are salvation, God the son implements the salvation by redeeming us God the Holy Spirit seals as you see how the father the son and the Holy Spirit all working together in beautiful harmony. All of the benefits of our great salvation are applied to us by God the Holy Spirit, God knows, but it is very active in a great salvation. It's he who convicts us over sin is he who opens our eyes to our sinfulness. See who opens our eyes to understand that salvation is only found in Jesus Christ. He convinces us that the gospel is, as Paul refers to it in verse 13 is the word of truth, the word of truth will replace a face-saving faith in Jesus Christ. We are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.

The Holy Spirit indwells us and seals us. At the very moment of our salvation. In fact, the indwelling spirit. It is the mark of our salvation poses. Romans eight verse nine. Anyone who does not have the spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

If you are not indwelt by the Holy Spirit and other Christian.

This is what God in his grace does we were saved. The Holy Spirit seals us and indwells us and Jesus tells us in John 14 x 16 the Holy Spirit is with us forever. Holy Spirit is never going to leave me the Holy Spirit is with me forever that the ceiling of the spirit. Contrary to what some people teach is not a future experience is not a second work of grace subsequent to our salvation. I've been asked over the years not so much recently, but used to be asked this, you know, have you received the second blessing and my answer is yes. That's all hallelujah as I've also received the third blessing on the fourth blessing in the fifth blessing because I've been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ. There are those who think you're saved and then through some prayer and fasting people praying over your you are then going to receive the baptism of spirit that second work of grace and then some even believe there's 1/3 work of grace.

When you get supernatural power for witnessing and so on both signal all of the benefits of salvation are given to us the moment of salvation.

Now that we understand the mall. Not that that we were commode in our life but we are sealed which is a mark of ownership and identification sealed with the spirit is evidence that know I belong to God.

It's God's internal stamp on me. I been accepted by God's ion in Christ's. I am in him and he is in me sealed by the Holy Spirit is what call this the great salvation this wonderful is a mark of security it. As Paul says here, it is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it to the praise of his glory is the deposit is the first installment is the down payments is the harness you entered into a real estate deal and that the purchaser once earnest money once a deposit is the guarantee that more money is coming in greatest work here is honorable and witchy use of modern Greek for the engagement ring was an engagement ring while when people are engaged young women love to show us that engagement ring and engagement ring is wonderful but engagement ring is not everything engagement ring is telling us that although engagement rings are wonderful and beautiful, something that is coming, namely the marriage, it's a it's a foretaste it's a down payment that something greater is, it promises something in the future is coming, which is even more wonderful wonderful to be engaged far more wonderful to be my being sealed with the Holy Spirit as we are points to something better something fuller something more wonderful that we have an inheritance in heaven, which no one can ever ever take away can I say this. Respectfully, God never takes engagement ring back. God never breaks the engagement. No, our future inheritances guaranteed. This is why this plan of salvation is from eternity to eternity chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world. When asked me to explain that I just rejoice in it saved involved in this process of justification reading this future inheritance. I don't know when I'm going to enter into it and neither do you. But one thing I know that it is guaranteed because meantime I have been sealed with the spirit brought stamp is on me that you belong to me, John, that you are in Christ that no one can snatch you of my Hines were overwhelmed. We by the love of God.

We think of that that that's brings great joy and great peace on the great foretaste of what awaits us the ceiling by the Holy Spirit begins on the day of our confession. These verbs, there it is.

Having believed, you were sealed with a hole in it with a promise Holy Spirit and this ceiling of the Holy Spirit which begins at the date of conversion ends in our ultimate redemption glorification. So Paul says in Ephesians 4, verse 31 grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption, I redeemed yes redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, my sins are forgiven, I foolishly didn't know that still awaits that day, but when I see Christ and I will become perfectly like God's son that is guaranteed because I'm a pastor now because I'm naturally a spiritual person but because God in his grace has reached on to me and I had the gospel and drawn by the Holy Spirit. I heard the voice of Jesus say, to me, and I will give you rest and I didn't know much theology but I know this that I came to him and I find in him, not only rest but forgiveness of sins and the transformation of life and this ceiling of the spirit is a guarantee that all of God's promises will be fulfilled in the believer.

We are God's treasured possession. If Israel was God's if Israel, God's earthly people. What is treasured possession. How much more we are God's treasured possession of the final salvation one day will be completed well here is the triune God's plan of our salvation God the father chooses us before the foundation of the world, God the son redeems us and procures our salvation God the Holy Spirit applies our salvation and seals it in our lives. All of this is grounded in the love of God love from all of eternity to rejoice when you do leave the sanctuary with joy in your heart thinking of this but God has a plan for your life. Pastor chose you present he is at work in your life. The you see God working all of the ups and then shaping us molding us, pointing us in certain directions certain opportunities closing certain doors, making us more and more like Christ, and we anticipate that wonderful future is guaranteed inheritance all to the praise of his glorious grace. We contribute nothing other than their sin told him he got it right that we must save on the alone. If you never been saved by God's grace and I encourage her to look to Christ to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ to call upon the name of the Lord will look to Christ who died for you pay the price for your sin asked him to comment. To save you and to claim Judah promises to the one who comes to him. He will in no wise cast out about Marty McShane as you know is one of my heroes of the faith, and that he writes this these few lines which I conclude with regarding our salvation is. He says chosen not for good in me God and choose you because your good chosen not for good in me weakened up from Roth to flee pose going to say in chapter 2 verse three that we are children of hidden in the Savior science is when the redeems us where in Christ, hidden in the Savior side of life is hidden with Christ in God. By the spirit sanctified the guards spirits is working to make us more more like Jesus. Teach me Lord on earth, to show by my love. How much are you limited again chosen not for good in me weakened up from Roth to flee hidden in the Savior side by the spirit sanctified. Teach me Lord on earth, to show by my love much I father everything we are and have little to you for salvation is all of you really go Jonah says that salvation is of the Lord and we see that as well. It's all of Christ, and we praise you that you have blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

Some of us have come here tonight and will discourage orbit nine were anxious about certain things and so we pray that our hearts will be encouraged as we marvel in the soul great salvation that you save us and your work in our life and everything you do is for our good and for our glory.

So help us to humbly trust you more and more help us to be his children with you. The heavenly father that we will be obedient children, and that we by the way we live as well as us by what we say may be commending the gospel we thank you for our magnificent Savior for the wonderful Holy Spirit for you father who loves us with an everlasting love in Christ


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