October 12, 2014

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Ephesians: The Ultimate Makeover - My New Identity in Christ

The Ultimate Makeover: My New Identity in Christ

Birthright of Those “In Christ”

We must know who we are to be who we should be.

1. An Astonishing Identity

I am a saint in Christ. (1:)

  • To be a saint, do you have to be dead? “to…” (1:1)
  • To be a saint, do you have to be perfect? “grow up…” (4:15)
  • How do we get to be a saint? “faithful in Christ” (1:1); 1 Corinthians 1:2 “by…” and Hebrews 10:10 and 2:11 “by…”
  • Apply: Claim your true identity. Don’t hang on to the old! Either clarify your identity and calling or get buried.

I am either “in Christ” or … (1:1-10 cf. 2:1-3)

  • I am either alive “in Christ” or “dead in sin … and the lusts of the flesh.”
  • Apply: Where am I looking for identity and life-meaning?

2. A Fabulous Inheritance

I am graced by God.

  • “… grace to you …” (1:2) Grace is a gift. Who is the initiator of all the verbs in 1:3-10? Who will get all the credit for those works?
  • “He freely bestowed … the riches of His grace …” (1:6-7)

I am blessed in Christ.

  • Blessing starts with God. “Blessed be God … who blessed us …”
  • Blessing returns to God … “To the praise of His glory.” (1:6, 12, 14)
  • God’s blessing is already granted to those in Christ. “has” Genesis 1:28, Psalms; John 15:11, 16:24, 17:13
  • God’s blessing is sourced in the spiritual realm. “spiritual blessing”
  • God’s blessing is found only in union with Jesus Christ. “in Christ”
  • God’s blessing is infinite. “every spiritual blessing”
  • Why the spiritual poverty? (1) Lack of knowledge: 1:15ff. a prayer for insight (2) Lack of strength: 3:14ff. a prayer for inner power
  • The axios: 4:1 Put off the old and put on the new. (4:20-24)

3. A Glorious Future – “Walk worthy of the calling … in:”

  • Unity – 4:1 – Walk together
  • Holiness – 4:17ff. – Walk a new way
  • Love – 5:1ff. – Walk in love
  • Wisdom – 5:15ff. – … how you walk, as wise men
  • Security – 6:10ff. – Stand firm
Challenge

Claim your identity and inheritance. It is all “in Christ.”

Sermon Notes 10-12-14