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We Are The New

If you look closely at today’s passage there is a strong element of continuity in what the Apostle Paul is writing about and what Amos was longing to see come about (see Tuesday’s reflection on Amos 5: 11-15). Here in this passage Paul tells us that it is because of God the Father’s great love for the Son, he has found a way to redeem what was broken and worthless in his creation even before it was ever broken. He goes on to tell us in verse 10 that in God’s good time it is his intention “to bring all things in heaven and earth together under one head even Christ.” What an amazing idea. Now is that not worth dancing about in church this Sunday?

 

Father God,

You totally amaze us

You are the designer

Who has built in the correction module

To save the designed when we fail

You have fallen in love with the designed

And you became part of the design

In order to make a new prototype 

Father God

I want to keep close to you

I want to feel your breath on my neck

A fresh breath flowing through my body

Almost like a creating breath

Changing my heart and my mind

Proving to me 

Your promise

Your guarantee

I’m designed for eternity

Your Spirit at work in me

Is my designer label

Ephesians 1: 3-14

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. 5 He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight 9 he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11 In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, 12 so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; 14 this is the pledge of our inheritance towards redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

 
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