Speaker: Ty Neal
Date: February 22, 2015
What comes to your mind when you hear the word scandalous? Something shocking or improper? Perhaps the latest celebrity gossip or political headline? What if I were to tell you that one of the most scandalous things ever is God's grace? Now that is downright scandalous just thinking that, right? Not at all! Join us February 1st - March 29th as we explore the scandalous nature of God's grace. Scandalous Grace: Ephesians Part I - February 1st - March 29th
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.
"For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples,
"Know, therefore, that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness, for you are a stubborn people. Remember and do not forget how you provoked the Lord your God to wrath in the wilderness. From the day you came out of the land of Egypt until you came to this place, you have been rebellious against the Lord.
You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says "Jesus is accursed!" and no one can say "Jesus is Lord" except in the Holy Spirit.