Metamorphosis, Part 2 “Mighty to Save”

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Who would you most like to receive a hand-written letter from, and what would you like it to say?

This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I am writing to God’s holy people in Ephesus, who are faithful followers of Christ Jesus. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 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. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan. Ephesians 1:1-11 NLT

Like the original audience, if you are also a faithful follower of Jesus, you have the benefits of Jesus’ plan for you, power in you, pleasure because of you, and presence with you. How does this Scripture help you better understand each?

Why do you think God hid his “mysterious will” for a time?

Paul regularly prayed for Christians to grow in “grace and peace.” How will it be evident in your life when YOU are growing in grace and peace—how will you and others be able to tell?

Lord, thank you for your plan…your peace…your power…your presence…help me truly grow in your grace and peace!