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Twenty-three men and no women have

been executed in the United States in 2017.

The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of June 11-17, 2017, is Ephesians 1:3-14.  Paul wrote this letter while he was imprisoned in Rome.  Unlike many of his letters, this letter was not written to address any specific issues within the church and was likely meant to have been shared with other churches.  In all of his letters, Paul includes a greeting.  In this greeting, Paul includes each element of The Trinity, and their role in salvation.

 

Blessed and worthy of praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ, just as [in His love] He chose us in Christ [actually selected us for Himself as His own] before the foundation of the world, so that we would be holy [that is, consecrated, set apart for Him, purpose-driven] and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined and lovingly planned for us to be adopted to Himself as [His own] children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the kind intention and good pleasure of His will— to the praise of His glorious grace and favor, which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved [His Son, Jesus Christ]. In Him we have redemption [that is, our deliverance and salvation] through His blood, [which paid the penalty for our sin and resulted in] the forgiveness and complete pardon of our sin, in accordance with the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and understanding [with practical insight] He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, with regard to the fulfillment of the times [that is, the end of history, the climax of the ages]—to bring all things together in Christ, [both] things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have received an inheritance [a destiny—we were claimed by God as His own], having been predestined (chosen, appointed beforehand) according to the purpose of Him who works everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him as our Lord and Savior] would exist to the praise of His glory. In Him, you also, when you heard the word of truth, the good news of your salvation, and [as a result] believed in Him, were stamped with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit [the One promised by Christ] as owned and protected [by God]. The Spirit is the guarantee [the first installment, the pledge, a foretaste] of our inheritance until the redemption of God’s own [purchased] possession [His believers], to the praise of His glory.  (Ephesians 1:3-14, ESV)

 

Sin destroys our relationship with God!  Blood sacrifice restores our relationship with God!  Jesus Christ is the ultimate blood sacrifice!  Through Jesus’ sacrifice, we have been offered eternal salvation.  When we accept Jesus’ sacrifice and the gift of salvation, we are given the Holy Spirit, which resides in us.  Today, we can approach God at any time, in any place we may be.  We can tell Him of all our problems, needs, and desires.  Through the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we have eternal hope of one day entering the Kingdom of the Lord.  As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon this weeks verse, consider how your relationship with The Trinity affects your everyday life.

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