What God Has Done
INTRODUCTION: Our God is one who acts. He is revealed by His deeds. Paul is describing in these verses what God has done; these are the saving acts of God. We often fail to grasp the reality of the finished work of Christ. A prior transaction has taken place--a prior event has transpired, and by it God accomplished our salvation. "Tis done, the great transaction's done!"
Salvation is like a man-sided jewel; it is all one stone, yet it has many sides and reflects different shades of light. The description that Paul gives here of what God has done are several sides to the Jewel of salvation. Salvation is not something we achieve, it is something we receive.
I. GOD HAS QUALIFIED US. Each portion of the statement is significant.
"Made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light." (Idea of fitness).
"Made us sufficient to the sharing of the portion of the saints in light." (Inner transformation)
"Qualified us to share the lot of the saints in the light". (Relate this to Old Testament inheritance.)
1. The Future Aspect of this Qualification.
(1) This is the future glory of heaven. It is an inheritance...a gift of God to His people, promised in the Old Testament and fulfilled in Christ. We are going to dwell with Him; this is our portion....but how?
(2) He has qualified us--made us competent. We were inherently unworthy, sinful, unfit, unqualified.
Illustration: Being new in Ft. Worth, I wanted to open a charge account but wasn't qualified. A woman said "I'll qualify you", "I'll sign for you."
2. Present Aspect.
(1) God has given us a lot..... allotment, portion; the lot of the saints in this life....bearing fruit, increasing, etc. God's people have a lot in this life, ordained of God.
"To share"....to share in the part assigned to us, our part. The phrase suggests ...
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