Heavenly Embassy (1 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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Heavenly Embassy (1 of 4)
Series: GPS (God's Positioning System)
Jeff Strite
Ephesians 1:18-20
Ephesians 2:6

OPEN: I recently heard the story about a young married couple. The Groom wanted to do something special for his new Bride so he planned something special for her. The plan was - after their reception - he would drive them two hours to a special destination where they would spend a glorious evening together. So, they got in their car, he set the GPS and away they drove SEVEN hours later, they reached their destination. Exhausted, they settled in… and then left on a short errand. And it took them another hour to find their way back.

What happened? Their problem was that they depended entirely upon their Navigation GPS to find their way to their destination. And, apparently their system worked off of pre-loaded maps. Unfortunately for them, their destination wasn't on any of those maps. Their GPS couldn't help them, and since they depended entirely on that system they became hopelessly lost and totally without a clue as to where they were headed.

APPLY: Ephesians 2 tells us that God has pre-loaded His GPS with a map that tells you exactly where you and I are and where we're headed.

Ephesians 2:6 says, "…God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus" I'm where? I'm in the heavenlies? (PAUSE)

Now Indiana is a nice place to live, but this really isn't my idea of heaven. I expected more clouds and harps and such. But here in Ephesians 2, Paul is telling me that it is a TRUTH - I am in the heavenly realms right now. Well, how does that work?

Well, first - it's a Spiritual Truth. In Ephesians 1:18-20 Paul wrote:
"I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the
· hope to which he has called you,
· the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
· and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
That power is like the working of his mighty st ...

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