SUNDAY, JUNE 2
Scripture: Ephesians 1:7-9
Each of these Sonship Gifts is consecutive and has a consistent purpose and goal. We are looking at the fifth Sonship Gift – acceptance – but in verse 7 we see the sixth Sonship Gift which is redemption. The sixth Sonship Gift means every fine has been paid for every violation we have ever committed. All the violations, the guilt from the violations and the penalty of the violations have been forgiven and lifted through the Blood. To be redeemed means to pay the penalty of the violation and buy freedom back. The seventh Sonship Gift is forgiveness of sin. By the time we get to the seventh Sonship Gift, God has fully eradicated all blame, shame and guilt and we begin to uncover the purpose of our creation. Only after our blame, shame and guilt are gone can we handle and germinate the purpose of our creation. Only then can we shoulder our eternal purpose, believe for it and call it forth to walk it out. Verse 9 says, “…having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself…” God’s will is an unfolding mystery that comes alive in us completely when we are fully ready to shoulder it. He may give us a glimpse or speak to us about it in part, but the actual mystery of the unfolding of it comes when we walk through these Sonship Gifts and the soil has been tilled by our acceptance and the complete removal of blame, shame and guilt so that we can walk in perfect faith before God. As we mature step-by-step, we can develop the same relationship with the Father that Christ had. There is nothing between us and God to prevent us from developing the same relationship with the Father that Jesus had. And that relationship has a purpose. The purpose is the whole reason we were created. Why does it take so long? We do have an enemy, we do have obstacles, and we do have much to overcome. In the book of Revelation, there is one consistent thing among all seven churches. He says the very same thing to the congregants of every church: “…To him who overcomes…” It is a universal principle and He repeated it seven times. There is no one who chooses God that is not immediately baptized into warfare and has significant overcoming to do. Every single person who chooses God, encounters warfare. Jesus Himself learned obedience through the things He suffered. He overcame His own flesh. He was fully Son of Man and fully Son of God. But as the Son of Man, He had to overcome His own flesh. He had to use His faith on His flesh to obey God. That is a primary principle we learned through Abraham, the father of faith. God places a premium on overcoming. Anybody who is deceived into reaching for perfection is caught in the lies of the enemy. There are no perfect people, there are those who choose to overcome and those who do not. True overcomers trust Christ as their perfect sacrifice for their sin. True overcomers faithfully stay the course and continually reach for the high calling of God in Christ Jesus! Our goal in this series is to achieve the relationship that Scripture says we can have with God so that we can make our full contribution and completely fulfill the purpose for which we were chosen. That is not an easy job. There is a significant amount of overcoming that has to be done in order to arrive there. I trust we see that and with determination choose to commit to walk that path.