Sunday, January 3, 2010

Christmas 2

Today's readings were 1 Kings 3:4-15, Ephesians 1:3-14 (a very thick sermon text), and Luke 2:40-52. Last Sunday at my home church for quite some time.

  • vv. 9-10: We have God's grace, salvation worked at the right time (Paul's equivalent of "Merry Christmas!"). Christ also fills all time. He was sent "in the fullness of time," during the Pax Romana, a time of fairly worldwide peace. Because of the easy commerce and common language, the spread of Christianity was as efficient as possible.
  • v. 3: We have "every spiritual blessing" because of Jesus. In the battle of spiritual powers, these are invaluable. The greatest blessing is faith.
  • v. 4: Predestination! If Jesus is your Savior, then you are one of the elect. Does it violate personal freedom? Sure - but we're better off elect, adopted in love by God through Jesus Christ.
  • v. 6: The goal: glorify God!
  • v. 7: Other gifts include the forgiveness of sins and redemption because of Jesus' blood. A grounded optimism versus one drawn out of thin air.
  • v. 8: Wisdom and insight - connect to other reading (Jesus and Solomon both had marvelous wisdom). The wisdom of God = sin is despicable YET God loves sinners AND Jesus died for sin.
  • v. 11: Because of Christ, we have an awesome inheritance, a heavenly mansion.
  • v. 14: This promise is sealed when the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Truth) is given to us.
Soli Deo gloria.

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