"Brothers and sisters, fill your minds with whatever is good and true, whatever is pure, whatever is noble and right, whatever is lovely, whatever is honorable and admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things. Put them into practice, and God -who gives us peace- will be with you." (Philippians 4:8)

"Thanks for the Gift: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)

We must train our minds to think upon these positive and peaceful things. We must keep our minds protected, because the devil could take advantage of those vulnerable ones.

Monday, May 24, 2010

"God´s plan is to bring all creation together."

"God´s plan is to bring all creation together."

Paul´s Letter to the Ephesians is concerned first of all with "God´s plan is to bring all creation together, everything in heaven and on earth, with Christ as head." It is also an appeal to God´s people to live out the meaning of this great plan for the unity of the human race through oneness with Jesus Christ.
In the first part of Ephesians the writer develops the theme of unity by speaking of the way in which God the Father has chosen his people, how they are forgiven and set free from their sins through Jesus Christ the Son, and how God´s great promise is guaranteed by the Holy Spirit. In the second part he appeals to the readers to live in such a way that their oneness in Christ may become real in their life together.
Several figures of speech are used to show the oneness of God´s people in union with Christ: the Church is like a body, with Christ as the head; or like a building, with Christ as the cornerstone; or like a wife, with Christ as the husband. This letter rises to great hights of expression as the writer is moved by the thought of God´s grace in Christ. Everything is seen in the light of Christ´s love, sacrifice, forgiveness, grace, and purity.
How do we come from death into life, if we are all mortal beings??
The Bible tells us...
"From Death to Life." (Ephesians 2: 1-10)
"In the past you were spiritually dead because of your disobedience and sins. At that time you followed the world´s evil way; you obeyed the ruler of the spiritual powers in space, the spirit who now controls the people who disobey God. Actually all of us were like them and lived according to our natural desires, doing whatever suited the wishes of our own bodies and minds. In our natural condition we, like everyone else, were destined to suffer God´s anger.
But God´s mercy is so abundant, and his love for us is so great, that while we were spiritually dead in our disobedience he brought us to life with Christ. It is by God´s grace that you have been saved. In our union with Christ Jesus he raised us up with him to rule with him in the heavenly world. He did this to demonstrate for all time to come the extraordinary greatness of his grace in the love he showed us in Christ Jesus.
For it is by God´s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God´s gift, so that no one can boast about it. God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do."
Praise the Lord!!
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