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Enter grace.

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  Ephesians 2

The Message puts it like this:

Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.

 

The invitation is to come.

God welcomes us into His family.

Despite what we have done, despite our flaws and our shame.  He invites us.

Because the invitation doesn’t depend on my worthiness or good, but upon His.

His alone.

 

 

The NLT translation of Ephesians 1:5 says this: God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

 

 

Ooh isn’t that so so so so good. It gave Him great pleasure to adopt us, gave Him great pleasure to welcome us into His family.

Jesus, when referring to God, did something revolutionary to stress this point, He takes it one step further – He called God “Abba” – an Aramaic term of endearment for father – the closest thing we probably have in English is daddy. No other world religion so personalises God. He is our heavenly Father, our daddy, who welcomes us with an everlasting love and affection.

 

You have been welcomed into God’s family with all the benefits and protections and rights and blessings of been a daughter of God.

1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

 

Believe that today. 

Read Ephesians 2 again, slowly. 

Inhale each word.  Believe each word.

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