“Paul, and apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (vs1-2).
There is grace and peace from God to you, if you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. He has GOOD things to give you freely, and He is at peace with you, for the Lord Jesus’ sake who earned your salvation. Walk mindful of this grace and peace, and do not think that you’re on your own, but continually trust Him to do good to you. You have His FREE favor upon you and you will overcome because of it. He will never break His covenant promise. He says, “Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore” (Ezek 37:26). Rest assured, the God over all is graciously walking with you through Christ, holding you in His hand, and loving you with salvation. He has taken away the storm of heaven, and He promises you tender mercies, forever.
Secondly, our acceptance is in the Beloved (Eph 1:3-7). He says, “Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us highly favored in the Beloved”. We are not saved or blessed because of us in any way, but before we were born, He accepted us in Christ, “just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love”. He loved us, so He gave the Son to justify us and redeem us. He didn’t save everyone, but He chose to save you, and you are secure in the Lord Jesus Christ because of it, highly favored, like Mary (Luke 1:30).
The gospel is peace because Jesus makes us holy – “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” – and He establishes us PLEASING to God forever. Bless the name of Christ and walk with God by ONE MAN’S righteousness and full acceptance (Rom 5:18-19). Never enter His presence by your own righteousness, but enter boldly into the blessings because of the Son. You are fit for prayer, and you are fit for holiness by communion with God.
Finally, you were saved AFTER you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation (Eph 1:8-14). He says, “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory”. You were not saved by a false gospel that is discredited by the word of God. You didn’t believe a lie and then grow into the truth. You were saved, when the TRUE Christ revealed Himself to you in the gospel for who He is! Then, you trusted the God of grace - the One who predestines, elects, redeems and fully accepts us because of His Son and by faith alone.
There are not two gospels, but only one. And, you were not saved by sincerely following a lie! He orchestrated every event since the beginnng of time to bring about your salvation, including getting you the truth of God. He says, “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory”. He may have used false religion to keep you out of prison or the grave, but in the fullness of time, He brought you the gospel of YOUR salvation, then believed, received the Spirit, and this proves your election. Preach THE gospel because THE gospel is God’s only means of salvation, and He uses it for all of His people.
Let go of all the false gospels and false christs. They don’t glorify God and deceive many! This truth is here before you, and if you believe, if you devote yourself to live by faith, then you have God’s grace and peace. You have redemption, you have been predestined, you are saved, and He will keep you unto the end, “to the praise of His glory”. He will display His greatness by bringing you from hell to heaven, from sin to holiness, and all of this freely, sovereignly, and only because of His Son. This great and precious grace, the most important thing in eternity, is YOURS, if you believe the truth.
Heshimu Colar, Pastor of The Gospel Church, faithfully proclaims the saving message of Jesus Christ, continually exalting Him in God's word as the Savior of...