Ephesians Series - Part Two

From the apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church, we learn that when we are in Christ, our identity is received, not achieved. To be “in Christ” is a spiritual location. In Ephesians 1:1-6, we learn more about who we are because of who God is and how he sees us. When we are “in Christ,” we can receive the following aspects of our identity:

Identity Before Activity

Do you know who you are? How do you identify yourself? Paul sees himself as an apostle of Jesus. If we look at Genesis 1:26-28, we can learn about our true identity: God said, “Let us make mankind in our likeness.” We can learn four things about who we are:

Turn-Around

Every benefit that Jesus gave to us is from the Abrahamic covenant. Our belief in Jesus passes the benefits of this Old Testament covenant that God made with Abraham to us. This is all a part of our inheritance: our children will be blessed, and we will receive financial blessing, lands and healing. 

When God Marvels

Faith is the currency of heaven. The Bible says that without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). We should all seek to have the kind of faith that causes God to marvel. When God marvels, he does miracles. 

Gather Around The Table

In this parable, Jesus is describing kingdom gatherings. For us today, a kingdom gathering would be a Sunday service. The host in this story is Jesus. Meanwhile, the servants are everyday people like you and I. We are those who help serve the gatherings every single week. 

Do You See Goliath, Or Do You See God?

In 1 Samuel, we see the fruits of David's faithfulness during the preparation process. David was not highly favored before this time in his life, even after being anointed. David grew in his relationship with God while he took care of the smaller things leading up to his big day defeating Goliath. Everything God gives us is on purpose. He gives us opportunities to lean into so we can engage Goliath with supernatural poise. 

A Good Father

We are made in the image of God, and God models for us what it means to be a good father. When we study the characteristics of God, we can understand how to be good fathers to our children.

Who Talks To Mountains?

We were created in the image of God, to reflect him, and to be the Lord’s practical representation in the Earth. Moreover, God has given us authority in the Earth. God revealed all of his glory to us in the form of Jesus Christ.