by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
October 11, 1907---November 30, 1994
Ephesians 1:1-7

In Ephesians, the first chapter, the Apostle Paul
writes: "Grace be to you and peace from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ." There is grace for
our sins, and there is peace for the sinner. Though
all had sinned and come short, praise God, those
Ephesian friends had found the way back home, to the
Father's house.

Then Paul says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all
spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ."
Notice, He has blessed us! The great God of Heaven is
blessing sinners. God in Heaven is interested in
sinners. He wants to save sinners. He IS saving those
who trust Him and have faith in Him.

Now, verse 4, "According as He hath chosen us in Him
before the foundation of the world, that we should be
holy and without blame before Him in love." Isn't it
a remarkable thing that a Holy God in a wonderful
Heaven would want to save poor miserable sinners?

Then, verse 5, "Having predestinated us to the
adoption of children by Jesus Christ Himself according
to the good pleasure of His Will." Notice, "The
adoption of children." God is adopting a great
family. Thank God we are adopted into His family the
minute we accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal
Saviour. "To the praise of the glory of His grace,
wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved." He
says, "ACCEPTED." A-C-C-E-P-T-E-D! God has welcomed
us Home!

Here is my text, verse 7, "In whom we have redemption
through His Blood the forgiveness of sins, according
to the riches of His grace." We have redemption
through His Blood, even the forgiveness of sins
according to the riches of His grace. My, what a juicy
morsel for a sinner to chew on! Deliverance through
His Blood, even the forgiveness of our sins. Notice,
we have it NOW. We HAVE the forgiveness of s ...

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