Ephesians Chapter 1-2: Jerry Johnson

This year on the eve of Easter I was having a bout of insomnia, so I got up to have some herbal tea and read. I chose to read the Easter story from John. I prayed and went back to bed and was able to sleep through the night. Easter morning dawned, clear and sunny, and since I had read the Easter story the night before I decided to read in one of my favorite books; I read Ephesians one and two.
The promises of chapter one make me so thankful to be a believer. I am be blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, I am holy and blameless before Him, I am adopted as a son through Jesus Christ, I am redeemed, forgiven, and sealed with the Holy Spirit.
In the second chapter, Paul prays and gives thanks for the Ephesians. One of the things he is thankful for is that their hearts' eyes have been opened. I think the reason that intrigues me is that when I became a believer, my eyes were opened. Scripture became alive to me and my understanding began to grow. One of the things that became clear to me is the truth and richness of the gospel. The truth of the gospel has never stopped impressing me. A former pastor said once from the pulpit that we never get very far from the gospel. I didn’t pick up on that right away but I now see that is true.
It’s not difficult to have an attitude of gratitude when you consider all that Christ has done for us. Thinking about being redeemed, forgiven, and sealed with the Holy Spirit can make the most dreary day seem sunny. I want to carry this thought throughout this Easter season.

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