by Jerry Vines

Ephesians 1:1-3
Jerry Vines
In this book of the Bible it tells us how rich and how
famous we are in the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm sure you have seen the
television program The Lifestyle of the Rich and the Famous. It
normally has a variety of celebrities and well to do people and it gives
you a survey of their lifestyle and where they live and where they go.
Sometimes you will be given a tour through the lavish mansions where
they live. At other times you will go to some of the vacation spots
where they go. You see all of the lifestyles of these particular rich
and famous people. It is looking at life from the viewpoint of the
material and also from the temporary. The Bible looks at life in an
altogether different way. The Bible talks about the life in terms not
merely of life, but also eternity.
Jesus Christ talked about two individuals. One man was a
rich man who fared sumptuously every day and the other man was a beggar
who desired to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's
table. Death came to both and how different their lives became. The
rich man, in eternity, became unbelievable poor. The poor man, in
eternity, became fabulously rich. So poor was the rich man who died
that he begged for a drop of water to be sent to touch his tongue that
it might cool his parched tongue. So rich was the poor man that when he
died God sent a convoy of angels to escort him into the very presence of
God. You better look at life from the viewpoint of eternity. Only then
will you understand what it means to be famous. Only then will you
comprehend what it really means to be rich.
The Bible says if you are a Christian, if you have been
born again, you are indeed rich. In II Corinthians 8:9 the Bible says
that God sent His Son, Jesus and it says you know the grace of our Lord
Jesus Christ that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor
that ye through his poverty might be made rich.
In I Corinthians 1;5 ...

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