In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace (Ephesians 1:7). But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved) – Ephesians 2:4-5.
he riches of grace : The riches of grace are revealed to us the Holy Bible –
First of all, we have received forgiveness of sins (Ephesians 1:7) – The Lord Jesus Christ, who is full of grace and truth came into the world for the whole mankind. The Lord who is rich has become for us poor to make us rich in his grace. He had to shed His blood on the cross and had to become a man for us. Secondly, we have been redeemed by the grace of Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:7) – The Lord has purchased us by the precious blood of Christ. Thirdly, we are saved by the grace of God (Ephesians 2:4-5) – the person who dead in spirit by sins and trespasses, is made alive by the grace of God (Ephesians 2:6-7, 8). We are given eternal life by the Lord Jesus Christ by abolishing the death. The Lord has made us to sit together with Lord Jesus Christ in heavenly places. Fourthly, we are given a holy calling by the grace (2 Timothy 1:9). Not by our works or qualification, but because of the purpose of God from the beginning of the world, he has given us holy calling. These purposes are revealed to us because we believed in Christ, the purposes which are not revealed to many in the Old Testament. Fifthly, we are justified freely by the riches of the grace of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:23-24). We are justified by the faith in Lord Jesus Christ that He died for us and shed his blood for us. Sixthly, we are taught by the Word of God (Titus 2:11-14). it is because of the grace has appeared to all men. The Word of God is is taught to us that we live, soberly, righteously and soberly. Seventhly, we are strengthened by the grace of Lord Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:1).
Let us worship the Lord for His exceeding riches of Grace.
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. 1 Corinthians 12:28-31.
- Psalm 127 : 1-5 – The Physical House
The builder of this (physical) house is man but the Overseer is God Himself. For it says in verse 1, “Unless the Lord builds…” This house is in the city that includes the environment the house is located in, the government it is ruled by, the leaders that rule her. Psalm 127:2 mentions “bread” and “sleep” that represent the provisions, the security and the rest needed in the house. This house according to verse 3 includes children who are the symbol of heritage, might and joy of the house (Psalms 127:3-5). So, we need to commit our house and everything that in in it and surrounding it to the Lord. For if the Lord’s eyes are not on it there would be no blessing nor security for it.
THE LORD SHOULD BE TRULY THE LORD OF THIS PHYSICAL HOSE WE LIVE IN AND OUR FAMILIES.
- Matthew 7 : 24-27 – The Person As House
We have not only a physical house but a spiritual one too. God is not just interested in our physical beings but more concerned about our spirit and the spiritual realm. Even so, when Jesus gave Sermon on the Mount, He talked about the higher righteousness. We all build our lives as a builder builds a house. The person who build the house on the rock is the one who “hears” and “does” the words of Jesus. That person has spiritual rebirth, spiritual view point of life, changed (converted) way of spirit and deep spiritual understanding which gives that person inner strength to withstand any trouble, tests, trials and suffering. On the other hand if a person does not practice the words of Jesus that person is like a house on the sand that would have a great fall in time of trouble and testing.
SO EVERYBODY SHOULD TAKE HEED HOW TO BUILD THE PERSONAL HOUSE, THE PERSONAL LIFE AND SHOULD START WITH SPIRITUAL REBIRTH.
- 1 Peter 2:4-10 The Spiritual House
This house is built by God Himself where Jesus is the “chief corner stone”. Lord Jesus is the Living Stone (verse 4) who made the believers also living stones (verse 5). So these living stones together with the chief cornerstone are being built together as “spiritual house”. The purpose of this house is to offer spiritual sacrifices as God made the believers a “holy priesthood”. It is the gathering of the saints. It is concerned with the “priests” and “sacrifices” but not of the structures out ward appearances. It needs to grow growth in spiritual life and understanding. It needs to make sure of the words preached there and the ministries accomplished there. It also needs to be built together which includes encouragement for one another. The ultimate goal is to “show forth His praises”, so the living stones (believers should live a holy life. They are a royal priest hood, a holy nation, chosen generation and peculiar people (verse 9).
EVERY BELIEVER MUST BE BUILT UPON LORD JESUS CHRIST TOGETHER WITH OTHER LIVING STONES FOR HIS PRAISE AND TO OFFER SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES.
- 2 Corinthians 5 : 1-7 – Eternal House
Our present life is earthly and temporary, it is only a tent. But we have a permanent house in Heaven. Present life is full of hardships, burdens and groaning (verse 2). Even so there is this earnest desire to leave this earthly house. Mortality should be gone in immortality. For this Heavenly house which is eternal God has given an earnest (a guarantee) the Spirit of God who indwells us. We have not seen this house. But by faith we believe in it. It is perfect unlike the imperfect earthly house.
EVEN SO WE LIVE WITH A GOAL HAVING CONFIDENCE TO BE WITH THE LORD (VERSE 6, 8) AND BY FAITH (VERSE 7).