At the moment of new birth, the Believer enters, by God’s grace, into a relationship with Jesus Christ. This relationship produces joy and hope, as there is growth in knowledge and faith.
[The following scripture passages and questions are here to guide you in your thinking. The questions are not answered. If you are truly seeking, you will sense God guiding you. You will see and understand those things which are most needful for you. And, most importantly, you will know that God cares for you.]
Ephesians chapter 1, verse 3 (Biblical notation: 1:3) “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.”
Question: God has blessed us in Christ with ______ spiritual blessings in the heavens. Choose the correct answer:
1:4 “… even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.”
(Ephesians 1:4 ESV)
Question: God chose us in him when and why?
Question: Did Jesus the Son of God know you when He died on the cross for the sins of the world?
Question: Because the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins has the power to make us holy and blameless before him, we need to (choose the correct answer):
- Work very hard to be holy and blameless in God’s sight.
- Rejoice that we have been made holy and blameless in God’s sight.
- Depend on other people’s opinion as to whether or not we are holy and blameless in God’s sight.
- Imitate those whom we think are holy and blameless in God’s sight.
1:5 “he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ…”
Question: Define the word “adoption.” What does it mean to be adopted by God?
Question: What rights does an adopted child have legally?
1:7 “in him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace…”
Question: Define the words “redemption” , “trespass” and “grace.” (Use a dictionary if you need help.)
1:11 “In him we have obtained an inheritance…”
Question: We ________________ an inheritance in Christ. Choose the correct answer:
- will obtain;
- have to earn;
- have obtained;
- might obtain.
1:13 “In Him you also, when you heard 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 acquire possession of it,…”
Question: You are sealed with the promised Holy Spirit when _________________________. Choose the correct answer:
- you believed in Jesus Christ;
- you become sanctified;
- you do much prayer and agonizing;
- when you do enough good works
Imagine a billionaire who had an infant son who was stolen from him. And imagine that the billionaire’s son had no idea who his father was. That son grew and eventually lived on the streets scratching out a living by any means possible. Imagine, a young man living in poverty not realizing that he was a billionaire’s son.
A sad story but one lived out by many people who have received Christ as their Savior. They live in spiritual poverty while they work out their salvation. They never have a secure happy relationship with their loving Heavenly Father. Every spiritual blessing in heaven is theirs while they go spiritual dumpster diving to find a little joy and peace. Yes, very sad.
Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.