ust a short post today. I love this paraphrase from The Message for Ephesians 1:3-10.
How blessed is God! And what a blessing He is!
He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ,
and takes us to the high places of blessing in Him.
Long before He laid down earth’s foundations,
He had us in mind,
had settled on us as the focus of His love,
to be made whole and holy by his love.
Long, long ago He decided to adopt us
into His family through Jesus Christ.
(What pleasure He took in planning this!)
He wanted us to enter into the celebration
of His lavish gift-giving by the hand of His beloved Son.
Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah,
His blood poured out on the altar of the Cross,
we’re a free people—
free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds.
And not just barely free, either.
He thought of everything,
provided for everything we could possibly need,
letting us in on the plans He took such delight in making.
He set it all out before us in Christ,
a long-range plan in which everything
would be brought together and summed up in Him,
everything in deepest heaven,
everything on planet earth.
Isn’t there SO much God is saying to us in these verses? Such security! Such love! Such wanting of us!
What is He telling you . . .
just believe Me.“