A THREE-FOLD CORD
This thing that we have called salvation is a
wonderful thing because it's great that God saves us;
that's a wonderful thing to know, I mean, that God
would save us, that's great, but it is even more great
to know that we can be saved and know that we're
saved. We don't have to say I hope I'm saved, I think
I'm saved, maybe I'm saved, we can say praise God, I'm
saved and I know it, that's doubly great, but my dear
friend, it is twice great and gloriously great to know
that not only can we be saved and not only can we know
that we're saved but we can know without a shadow of
any doubt if we are saved we can never lose our
Now, folks, you're going have to admit that if that is
true and it is true, it's wonderful that not only does
he save us by his grace he keeps us by his grace and
what he keeps us with, what he binds to himself with
is a three-fold cord.
Now, the bible says that a three-fold cord is not
easily broken. I'm going to break into Ephesians 1:2,
and I'm going to read the longest sentence in the
bible. Now, this sentence just goes on and on and on
and, it goes all the way to verse 14 without stopping.
Now Paul got so excited he couldn't stop. Have you
ever got that excited, you just keep on talking, it
just seems like he can't take a breath. It reminds of
that little piece of poetry; there was a young poet
from Japan whose poetry no one could stand, when told
it was so he said yes, I know but I always try to get
as many words in the last line that I can. Now, that's
what Paul was doing here, Paul is just trying to cram
it all in and he just won't stop, he just keeps
talking and talking and talking and when he is
finished, are you listening, when he is finished with
this, the longest sentence in the bible it begins with
grace, it ends with glory and it is the most complete
statement in the gospel you will find and actually in
this sentence you're going to find that he mentions
God the father, God the son and God the holy spirit
and what part each have in our salvation and in our
Now, let's begin reading. [read Ephesians 1:2-14]
Period, amen. That's a long sentence, isn't it? I
mean, he's on roll, he can't stop talking about what
we have in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now, as I read that to you if you, if you were trying
to pay attention you couldn't keep up, you couldn't
digest that sentence and it, it just turned into words
after a while and you said well, I'm just listening
and he's rattling off words and I can't stay up and I
can't keep up so what we're going to go do is we're
going to back up now, we're going to look at it in
three division and actually what you have here is a
hymn of praise to the trinity.
Look in verse 6. He speaks of God the Father and then
he says, "To the praise of the glory of his grace,
wherein he made us accepted in the belo ...
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