A Word for the Week

There are many words that could be used to encourage the discouraged and lift up the fallen; those who have become battle weary in well doing. Of all the words that might be used, I choose two that make all the difference in the present and more importantly in the future for me.

The first word is 'adopted'.

Ephesians 1:5 says-- "...having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will."

The bond of supernatural adoption is stronger even than the bond of natural blood. God will never disown those whom He has made a part of Himself through Jesus Christ. He will not deny those who who do not deny His Son!

What security there is in knowing that God would never leave us nor forsake us. He is bound by His word to save those who believe and to sentence those who do not to eternal damnation.

He is Just and the Justifier of those who exercise faith in Him. Romans 3:26

He is Judge and Jury for those who refuse to deny themselves. Matthew 7:21-23

The second word is 'accepted'.

Ephesians 1:6 says-- "To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved."

Notice that He made us acceptable through His blood. not through our effort. Therein lies salvation for all who choose Christ as Lord and Savior.

Why are those two words most important? Well I'm glad you asked. Most in this world and sadly far too many in the church do not feel 'accepted'. Some have been rejected by their own parents and others have faced rejection from their peers. As a result, people of all races and religions find it difficult to be accepted by Christ and His church. Many attempt to buy, borrow, work or even steal their way into somehow being accepted by those around them and even the One who is for them. It can become a very 'tiring', if not downright troubling experience altogether.

The Hebrew writer penned these words in chapter 7:25; "He (Jesus) is also able to save to the uttermost those who came to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them."

The Lord, through great personal sacrifice of His own provides salvation for all who believe and then He tirelessly presents what we need most before God by interceding for us. It is the outflow of being adopted and accepted by God. I am His and He is mine and nothing in heaven, on the earth or under it can change what God seals with His promise. His word is the final verdict in matters of faith.

So what is it that you need today? Would you ask the One who can provide exceedingly abundantly above all that you think or ask? Ephesians 3:20-21

Are you willing to ask in faith, believing?

As we experience various circumstances in life--Jesus is our Advocate who looks over to His Father when the Adversary brings his accusations against us and says; 'adopted' & 'accepted'! And God throws out the case for lack of evidence because those whose sins are covered under the blood of Jesus have been made accepted by grace through adoption according to the good pleasure of His will.

Author Boyd Bailey adds this--"Praise God, our heavenly Father looks over to His Son Jesus instead of looking down on unholy human beings. In Christ, the Lord sees forgiveness, not guilt. He sees sinlessness, not sin. He sees acceptance, not rejection. He sees life, not death. He sees wisdom, not foolishness. He sees healing, not hurt. He sees grace, not law. He sees mercy, not judgment. He sees love, not hate. Yes, we have entered into a covenant relationship with Christ, and He represents us to God in purity." ref. 'Two Minutes in the Bible with Jesus' pg. 99

Why would we not give Him our best today and how could we not give Him our all everyday?

A few questions to close this week--

When the Father sees you, what does He see?

And as importantly, what will Jesus say?

We need to know the answer to those questions while we live here on earth and the good news is, we can, today, through faith in Christ. In response, God will supply you with His salvation for all of your tomorrows. He then surrounds you in His love, then seals and secures it through the indwelling Spirit. Ephesians 1:13-14

Have you been adopted by God through the blood of Jesus? If so, then you are accepted!!

If not, there is nothing more pressing than His payment for your sin, applied.

May our wants be filtered through His word and may our will be conformed to His work!

Pastor Keith

1 Corinthians 15:58