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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: Christ “Being made so much better than the angels,”

SIH HALTAL ICONChrist, As The Faithful Son, Is Placed Above All Angels

Heb 1:4 KJV – Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 2:14

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

The Gracious Salvation Of Christ: Ephesians 2:11-18

 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 

For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Paul now explains to the church at Ephesus (and each one of us) that the Lord has graciously included Gentiles as recipients of the gospel message, saving faith and membership into the family of God.

What is meant by the term “Gentile”?  The word translated “Gentile” is the Greek word “ethnos”, meaning “nations”.  It is from this word we get the word “ethnic”.

Generally, when the term Gentile is used in the Bible in was used in one of two ways:

1.  When used to describe a physical condition of a nation, it describes a non-Jewish nation, or a foreign nation.

2.  When used to describe a spiritual condition, it describes those who are alienated from the Lord.  Before Christ, most non-Jewish nations did not possess the truths of God’s Word, nor did they experience His saving grace. Because of this, the term “Gentile” in the Bible was related to those who were alienated from the Lord, many times indulging in false worship and spiritually separated from Him.

Please keep in mind, this condition of Gentile alienation during the times of the Old Testament is being spoken of by Paul, in generalities.  There were exceptions to this principle of Gentile alienation.  Some of the OT Gentiles who were saved and enjoyed communion with God include:

1.  Everyone saved before the establishment of the nation of Israel (Gen 1:-11:)

2.  Inhabitants of Nineveh under the ministry of Jonah (Jonah 3:)

3.  Rahab the harlot (Hebs 11:31)

4.  King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4:)

5.  Naaman the Syrian (2 Kings 5:)

6.  Ruth the Moabitess (Ruth)

And perhaps others.

A very basic outline of this section of Scripture:

I.        The past alienation of Gentiles from the Lord – 11-12

II.        Gentiles brought into communion with God based upon Christ – 13

III.        The work of Christ on  behalf of Gentiles – 14-17

IV.        Communion with God by the Spirit – 18

EXPOSITION:

In this morning’s devotional, Paul addresses the wonderful peace between God and Gentiles that flows forth from His grace and kindness to mankind…  

(Eph 2:14)  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

For he is our peace, 

The Lord Jesus Christ is the source and sustainer of the peace we possess between God and ourselves.

The word translated “peace” is a Greek word that combines two basic ideas…

1.  silence, rest, or tranquility

2.  unity, harmony, communion

In other words, it can describe an inner experience of peace as well as a peaceful relationship with others.

When we say that Christ is our “peace” it is teaching us that through Christ we can experience:

1.   a harmonious, intimate, peaceful relationship with the Lord…

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”  (Romans 5:1-2)

2.   a calmness or peacefulness within knowing that our sins are forgiven and we are eternally secure in Him…

Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.”  (Matthew 11:28-30)

3.  a calmness in the midst of the storms of life, knowing He is with us and all things work for our good…

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”   (Philippians 4:6-7)

who hath made both one,

This unity and harmony and rest comes to physical Gentiles and spiritual Gentiles (lost mankind) only by the grace of the Lord.

 

and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

The Lord grants to His people this peace in two different ways….

1.  For the physical Gentile, He breaks down the OT laws that separated Jew form Gentile and He makes them one with the physical Jew, including both into His family and membership into His local assemblies of worship…

[Is he] the God of the Jews only? [is he] not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:  Seeing [it is] one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.”  (Romans 3:29-30)

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also [is] Christ.  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.  For the body is not one member, but many.”  (1 Corinthians 12:12-14)

2.  For the spiritual Gentile, He breaks down the wall of their sin that separates them from Him, and reconciles them to Himself, bringing them into a close, harmonious relationship.

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  And not only [so], but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”   (Romans 5:10-11)

 

APPLICATION:

Certainly, the Ephesians had much to be thankful for… now they could experience a genuine, lasting peace within themselves.  They knew that, because they were at harmony with God, they could enjoy the blessings of inward tranquility.  This tranquility was based upon knowledge that they were eternally secure in Christ, and that He would be with them every step of the way in the midst of the many storms of their life.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!  

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Our Relationship With The Lord is Only Had Through Christ’s Precious Blood

SIH HALTAL ICON(Eph 2:13)  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: Christ has “Sat Down on the Right Hand of the Majesty on High”

SIH HALTAL ICONChrist Is Seated In The Position Of Honor and Authority In Heaven.

Heb 1:3 KJV: Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 2:13

SIH TOTT ICONReflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

The Gracious Salvation Of Christ: Ephesians 2:11-18 

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 

For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Paul now explains to the church at Ephesus (and each one of us) that the Lord has graciously included Gentiles as recipients of the gospel message, saving faith and membership into the family of God.

What is meant by the term “Gentile”?  The word translated “Gentile” is the Greek word “ethnos”, meaning “nations”.  It is from this word we get the word “ethnic”.

Generally, when the term Gentile is used in the Bible in was used in one of two ways:

1.  When used to describe a physical condition of a nation, it describes a non-Jewish nation, or a foreign nation.

2.  When used to describe a spiritual condition, it describes those who are alienated from the Lord.  Before Christ, most non-Jewish nations did not possess the truths of God’s Word, nor did they experience His saving grace. Because of this, the term “Gentile” in the Bible was related to those who were alienated from the Lord, many times indulging in false worship and spiritually separated from Him.

Please keep in mind, this condition of Gentile alienation during the times of the Old Testament is being spoken of by Paul, in generalities.  There were exceptions to this principle of Gentile alienation.  Some of the OT Gentiles who were saved and enjoyed communion with God include:

1.  Everyone saved before the establishment of the nation of Israel (Gen 1:-11:)

2.  Inhabitants of Nineveh under the ministry of Jonah (Jonah 3:)

3.  Rahab the harlot (Hebs 11:31)

4.  King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4:)

5.  Naaman the Syrian (2 Kings 5:)

6.  Ruth the Moabitess (Ruth)

And perhaps others.

A very basic outline of this section of Scripture:

I.        The past alienation of Gentiles from the Lord – 11-12

II.        Gentiles brought into communion with God based upon Christ – 13

III.        The work of Christ on  behalf of Gentiles – 14-17

IV.        Communion with God by the Spirit – 18

EXPOSITION:

In this morning’s devotional, Paul addresses the gracious entrance of the Gentiles into communion with the Lord and their inclusion into the family of God and the Israel of God…   

(Eph 2:13)  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Paul begins by emphasizing the basis of the Gentiles acceptance before the Lord…

But now in Christ Jesus 

The Gentiles acceptance before God and inclusion in His family is based upon the work of Christ.  This work of Christ forms the basis for the Jews acceptance before God as well.

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if ye [be] Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”  (Galatians 3:26-29)

The bottom line is this… through faith in Christ, and His work on the cross, there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles…

1.  Both can enter into salvation by faith (For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus),

2.  Be baptized into Christ through water baptism (For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ)

3.  Both can claim citizenship in the spiritual nation of God (then are ye Abraham’s seed)

4.  Both can become members, and heirs, in the family of God (heirs according to the promise.)

All of this takes place because of the grace and kindness of our Great God and His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Please notice, more about the phrase “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ”…

Is very important to our subject of both Jew and Gentile being accepted into Christ and His worship.   The baptism being spoken of here is water baptism.  Water baptism is performed for two main reasons:

1.  To publically declare our salvation experience

2.  To grant membership into the Lord’s body, His place of worship, His local church (1 Cor 12:27).

When we are told both Jews and Gentiles can experience water baptism, it is saying that both can:

1. publicly testify of a legitimate salvation experience,

2. and both can experience genuine worship with Him as they are given entrance into his local churches.

 

ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh

As physical Gentiles they no longer were under the restrictions of the OT ceremonial laws that restricted them from worship.  As spiritual Gentiles (lost men) they now had been forgiven and entered into communion with their God.

Those who were separated from God can now enter into a close relationship with Him based upon Christ’s shed blood.

by the blood of Christ.

It is this shed blood of Christ which covers the sin and redeems the sinner.

 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,  Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.”   1Peter 1:18-21

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated [us] into the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sins:”  (Colossians 1:12-14)

 

APPLICATION:

Certainly, the Ephesians had much to be thankful for… through the person and work of their Lord Jesus, they had been brought into a relationship with the only True God and His local church at Ephesus.  Likewise, for each one of us who are saved, whether Jew or Gentile, we have much for which to praise and honor our Lord. It is only through His shed blood that we can gain membership into His family and His place of worship.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!  

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SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/

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SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

We All Were Separated From God And Without Hope Because Of Our Sins…

SIH HALTAL ICON(Ephesians 2:12) That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: Christ “By Himself Purged Our Sins”

SIH HALTAL ICONChrist Is The Only One Who Cleanses Us From Our Sins

Heb 1:3 KJV: Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 2:12

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

The Gracious Salvation Of Christ: Ephesians 2:11-18 

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Paul now explains to the church at Ephesus (and each one of us) that the Lord has graciously included Gentiles as recipients of the gospel message, saving faith and membership into the family of God.

What is meant by the term “Gentile”?  The word translated “Gentile” is the Greek word “ethnos”, meaning “nations”.  It is from this word we get the word “ethnic”.

Generally, when the term Gentile is used in the Bible in was used in one of two ways:
1.  When used to describe a physical condition of a nation, it describes a non-Jewish nation, or a foreign nation.
2.  When used to describe a spiritual condition, it describes those who are alienated from the Lord.  Before Christ, most non-Jewish nations did not possess the truths of God’s Word, nor did they experience His saving grace. Because of this, the term “Gentile” in the Bible was related to those who were alienated from the Lord, many times indulging in false worship and spiritually separated from Him.

Please keep in mind, this condition of Gentile alienation during the times of the Old Testament is being spoken of by Paul, in generalities.  There were exceptions to this principle of Gentile alienation.  Some of the OT Gentiles who were saved and enjoyed communion with God include:
1.  Everyone saved before the establishment of the nation of Israel (Gen 1:-11:)
2.  Inhabitants of Nineveh under the ministry of Jonah (Jonah 3:)
3.  Rahab the harlot (Hebs 11:31)
4.  King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4:)
5.  Naaman the Syrian (2 Kings 5:)
6.  Ruth the Moabitess (Ruth)

And perhaps others.

A very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The past alienation of Gentiles from the Lord – 11-12
II.        Gentiles brought into communion with God based upon Christ – 13
III.        The work of Christ on  behalf of Gentiles – 14-17
IV.        Communion with God by the Spirit – 18

 

EXPOSITION:

In this morning’s devotional, Paul continues to explain the standing of Gentiles during the times of the Old Testament.  Not only does this description apply to the physical Gentiles of the Old Testament times, but taken in the spiritual sense, it is a picture of a lost individual and their condition of alienation before the Lord…   

 

(Ephesians 2:12)  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
Just like the physical Gentiles during Old Testament times, the Ephesian church members rightfully could be rejected by God based upon their physical lineage.

In this description, Paul is reminding them of:
1.  “what could have been” apart from God’s grace sending the gospel to the Gentiles and accepting them into His local assemblies.
2.  But also, since the condition of OT Gentiles is illustrative of the condition of a lost person, it is also reminding the Ephesians of their alienation from Christ prior to their salvation experience.

Paul’s teachings throughout this section would hit home with the Ephesians in two ways, their physical lineage and their spiritual condition before their salvation…

 

That at that time ye were without Christ,
As Physical Gentiles – In the Old Testament times, they would have lacked a relationship with the Lord and lacked His presence in their life.

As Spiritual Gentiles – The Ephesians, just like any lost man before their salvation, who did not have the Lord or His indwelling Spirit in their lives.  (Colossians 1:21)

 

being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel,
As Physical Gentiles – In the Old Testament times, they were considered “aliens” (estranged, not linked to) the physical nation of Israel.  They were considered to be “outsiders” not entering into citizenship of the nation of Israel.

As Spiritual Gentiles – The Ephesians, just like any lost man before their salvation, are considered “aliens” (estranged, separated) and “outsiders”, not entering into membership in the family of God nor possess citizenship of the spiritual, eternal, nation of God (the Israel of God). (Galatians 6:16)

 

and strangers from the covenants of promise,
As Physical Gentiles – In the Old Testament times, they were considered “strangers” (foreign, not belonging) not being a party to the covenant made between Israel and Jehovah.

As Spiritual Gentiles – The Ephesians, just like any lost man before their salvation,  do not share in the new covenant made between The Lord and His chosen people which are made up of both believing Jews and Gentiles (Hebrews 8:7-13)

 

having no hope,
As Physical Gentiles – In the Old Testament times, they had “no hope” of acceptance into citizenship of Israel and the worship of Jehovah.  According to the law of God they were to be excluded.

As Spiritual Gentiles – The Ephesians, just like any lost man before their salvation, does not have hope of attaining salvation of their own merit or deeds.  They are hopeless apart from the gracious intervention of the Lord. (1 Peter 1:3-5)

 

and without God in the world:
As Physical Gentiles – In the Old Testament times, being alienated from the nation that possessed the truth of God’s Word, His worship and His people, the Gentiles were truly without God.

As Spiritual Gentiles – The Ephesians, just like any lost man before their salvation, is without God as well.  They do not have the indwelling Spirit of God within them.  They are separated from God due to their sinfulness and spiritually blinded, unable to come to an understanding of His Words nor seeing their great need of salvation from their sins.  (Galatians 4:7-8)

 

APPLICATION:

Certainly, the Ephesians had much to be thankful because…

By them taking a moment to remember their past they are reminded that, due to their physical lineage and their sinful condition as lost men, they were alienated from God.  Apart from His intervention in their lives, they were helpless to secure communion with Him.   But, praise be to the Lord, they have entered into a personal relationship with their Lord based upon His wondrous mercy and grace!

So too for each one of us, whether Jew or Gentile, we all can praise His wonderful name for giving us access to Himself through His work on the cross.  May the Lord bring our past into our minds and help us to realize the great grace He has shown to us on our behalf!

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!  

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org
SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/
SIH Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven/
SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

By God’s Grace, The Gentiles Have Been Accepted Into His Beloved!

SIH HALTAL ICON(Ephesians 2:11)  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called  Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3cA

Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: Christ Is “Upholding All Things by the Word of His Power”

SIH HALTAL ICONChrist’s Word Is Holding All Creation In Place, Sustaining It

Heb 1:3 KJV: Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 2:11

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

The Gracious Salvation Of Christ: Ephesians 2:11-18

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 
For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

 

Paul now explains to the church at Ephesus (and each one of us) that the Lord has graciously included Gentiles as recipients of the gospel message, saving faith and membership into the family of God.

What is meant by the term “Gentile”?  The word translated “Gentile” is the Greek word “ethnos”, meaning “nations”.  It is from this word we get the word “ethnic”.

Generally, when the term Gentile is used in the Bible in was used in one of two ways:
1.  When used to describe a physical condition of a nation, it describes a non-Jewish nation, or a foreign nation.
2.  When used to describe a spiritual condition, it describes those who are alienated from the Lord.  Before Christ, most non-Jewish nations did not possess the truths of God’s Word, nor did they experience His saving grace. Because of this, the term “Gentile” in the Bible was related to those who were alienated from the Lord, many times indulging in false worship and spiritually separated from Him.

Please keep in mind, this condition of Gentile alienation during the times of the Old Testament is being spoken of by Paul, in generalities.  There were exceptions to this principle of Gentile alienation.  Some of the OT Gentiles who were saved and enjoyed communion with God include:
1.  Everyone saved before the establishment of the nation of Israel (Gen 1:-11:)
2.  Inhabitants of Nineveh under the ministry of Jonah (Jonah 3:)
3.  Rahab the harlot (Hebs 11:31)
4.  King Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 4:)
5.  Naaman the Syrian (2 Kings 5:)
6.  Ruth the Moabitess (Ruth)
And perhaps others.

A very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The past alienation of Gentiles from the Lord – 11-12
II.        Gentiles brought into communion with God based upon Christ – 13
III.        The work of Christ on  behalf of Gentiles – 14-17
IV.        Communion with God by the Spirit – 18

 

EXPOSITION:

In this morning’s devotional, Paul begins to explain the standing of Gentiles during the times of the Old Testament…   

(Ephesians 2:11)  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, 
Paul called upon the church at Ephesus to recall their physical lineage (Gentiles) and their spiritual condition before God.   In the times prior to Christ’s coming, Gentiles were generally excluded from the worship and communion with God.  If things had continued on, as in times past, these believing Ephesians would not have come to faith in Christ, nor would they have enjoyed the blessing of local church membership.  It was only through the gracious intervention of the Lord that they had been included into a state of fellowship with, and worship of, Him.

Paul now describes to them the spiritual condition of the Gentiles

 

who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
In past times, physical circumcision was an outward indication of those who were a part of the Israelite nation (as a nation, they were partners in the covenant of Jehovah, possessed the truth of God and experienced His true worship).

Circumcision made the Jews “stand out” from all the Gentile nations around them.  Or if we looked at in the opposite light, the lack of Gentile circumcision made the Gentile “stand out” as those alienated from the true Lord and a relationship with Him.

Paul is reminding the Gentile Ephesian assembly that, in the past, physical Jews looked upon Gentiles as unclean, separated from the Lord and without hope of inclusion.  They pointed to the lack of circumcision on the part of the Gentiles as proof that they were aliens from the nation of the Lord and they purposefully excluded them from the worship of Jehovah based upon His instructions.

So once again, Paul is reminding the Ephesians of God’s great grace shown to them in allowing them (who were once, purposefully, excluded from His worship) to now be equally accepted with believing Jews.

In our next devotional, Paul will continue to remind us of God’s grace being shown to those who are spiritually alienated from Him.

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with [him] through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;  [And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”   (Colossians 2:8-15 XE “Colossians 02\:08-15)

 

APPLICATION:

God’s great grace is shown in His acceptance of those who were once alienated from Him (Gentiles) to now being accepted into His beloved through faith.  Whether we are of the Jewish or Gentile lineage, we all can thank Him for accepting us who were once spiritually separated, into an eternal relationship with Him.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!  

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Will Our Funeral Bring Honor To The Lord? (Burial or Cremation?)

SIH HALTAL ICON“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.  Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:  Even as I please all [men] in all [things], not seeking mine own profit, but the [profit] of many, that they may be saved. ” (1 Corinthians 10:31-33)

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Cremation Or Burial: What Does The Bible Say? (1)

SIH STSTA ICONFor the Christian, the responsibility to do ALL THINGS in a way that honors and glorifies our Lord is no small issue.  As a matter of fact, this one, basic, responsibility given to us by our Lord should be the central motivating force behind all that we do…

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.  Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:  Even as I please all [men] in all [things], not seeking mine own profit, but the [profit] of many, that they may be saved.    (1 Corinthians 10:31-33)

This responsibility touches every aspect of our life upon earth, even the final event of this earthly life, our physical death.    (The only exception to this is for the remnant of saved individuals who will be alive at the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.)

Many times, it is during a funeral that we can reach others for Christ that we could not reach in any other way.  Because of this, I ALWAYS share the gospel message when I am doing a funeral service.  Everything done at a funeral, to the best of our ability should be done with the intent to honor the Lord and share Him with others.  There could easily be lost loved ones present who will never “darken a church door”, but they will show up for a funeral.  So, in my way of thinking, our testimony during the funeral and disposition of the body is important as well.

The necessity of the death of our body, and its use to honor and glorify the Lord, is an issue for which we all should be prepared.  This would include the testimony that we display during the events leading up to our passing, as well as the funeral service and disposal of our body   After all, our physical bodies are a wonderful gift from the Lord of which we are to use for His glory in every way possible…

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.  (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

I have said all of this to simply explain the importance of the issue we will be studying today.  It is the issue of the burial of our body versus the cremation of our body.  Do either of these dishonor our Lord or harm our testimony before Him?

THE STUDY:

In my way of thinking, one reason why there is so many questions about cremation versus burial of the body is because there is no “thus saith the Lord”.  To my knowledge, the Bible does not clearly state a position on this issue.  It is an issue that will have to be decided based upon a variety of Biblical principles instead of a clear Biblical declaration.

Keeping that in mind, I would like us to look at some Biblical principles that we can prayerfully consider…

1. The Stewardship Principle (this lesson)

2. The Example Of Bible Characters (see lesson 2)

3.  The Symbolism Of Fire And Burial (see lesson 2)

 

The Stewardship Principle

To begin, let’s look at a text we have already mentioned in our introduction:

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”  (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

Here, we find that the Apostle Paul clearly explains that the physical body that we possess was created, redeemed, and then set apart for the use of God as the habitation of the indwelling Holy Spirit.  When we consider the importance of our body to the workings of the Lord in our lives, we can easily see the need to ALWAYS treat it with appreciation, respect and honor.

The need to care for the body properly is one of the major reasons for the creation of the marital union.  Without marriage, based upon our desire for physical intimacy, we would commit the sin of sexual fornication which is a sin involving the misuse of our bodies …  “ Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body”  (1 Corinthians 6:18)

Paul then teaches us that the proper way to fulfill our desires for physical intimacy is found in the marital union…

“Nevertheless, [to avoid] fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.”  (1 Corinthians 7:2)

So how important is it that we care for our physical bodies and use them in a proper way?  It must be very important because the marriage union was created by God, in part, to give us a way to escape sinning against our bodies through their misuse.

(By the way, misusing our bodies is not limited to sexual misuse.  In actuality, any action that brings harm to our bodies, or takes honor from the Lord through its use is a sin.  This would also include taking anything in our body that harms it, using our bodies in any way that breaks the laws of God or puts forth a bad testimony, and using it to harm others through our speech or actions etc etc.)

If we understand this principle, we can understand why, throughout the ages, the proper care of the body of the deceased was considered a sign of respect for the deceased.  Note how the bodies of the deceased were given great care prior to their burial…

And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound [weight].  Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.(John 19:39-41)

Although Christ’s body was the one being prepared, His body was being treated in the same way as the body of other deceased Jews.    Keep in mind, a greatest of disrespect was shown through the delay or lack of a burial.  This was because of the great abuse the body would then endure at the hands of nature and the elements…

A Psalm of Asaph. O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.  The dead bodies of thy servants have they given [to be] meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.  Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and [there was] none to bury [them].  We are become a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.”   (Psalms 79:1-4)

If a man beget an hundred [children], and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also [that] he have no burial; I say, [that] an untimely birth [is] better than he. (Ecclesiastes 6:3)

Although, we are not specifically told in the Bible, we need to consider if the burning a body akin to other abuses that can be brought upon a body.  Perhaps this is the case.  It is a matter open for each believer’s consideration.

 

Also, the Bible, relates the burning of the body with disrespect for the lawless…

And it shall be, [that] he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath: because he hath transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he hath wrought folly in Israel…

And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.  And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of his anger. Wherefore the name of that place was called, The valley of Achor, unto this day.”  (Joshua 7:15, 25-26)

The children of Israel, under the direction of the Lord cremated Achan following his stoning to illustrate God’s displeasure with Achan and His wrath being poured out upon him.

And as Josiah turned himself, he spied the sepulchres that [were] there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of the sepulchres, and burned [them] upon the altar, and polluted it, according to the word of the LORD which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words.  Then he said, What title [is] that that I see? And the men of the city told him, [It is] the sepulchre of the man of God, which came from Judah, and proclaimed these things that thou hast done against the altar of Bethel.  And he said, Let him alone; let no man move his bones. So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet that came out of Samaria.  And all the houses also of the high places that [were] in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke [the LORD] to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Bethel.  And he slew all the priests of the high places that [were] there upon the altars, and burned men’s bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem.  (2 Kings 23:16-20)

In this case, Josiah, cremates what is left of the bodies of the buried idolatrous worshippers as a public display of God’s enmity against them and the pollution of their idolatrous altars upon which they worshipped.

Based on the principle of stewardship, we should desire to treat the body of our deceased with respect and honor, recognizing the Lord is its Creator, Redeemer and Indweller.  The best way to accomplish this task would seem to be through burial of the body as opposed to cremation.

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

In this section of our study we have seen the importance of glorifying God even after our death.  This  involves the proper treatment of our body as an act of stewardship over the temple of the Holy Spirit.  One way in which a body can be mistreated (and disrespect shown to the deceased) is by leaving the body open to corruption by the forces of nature.

At the least this emphasizes the need to treat the body properly following death… at the most, it is possible we can include fire as a type of force of nature that can bring the body to ruin.  So far in our study, we can see that, without doubt, burial is a proper way to dispose of a body, as it shows great respect for the deceased as well as proper stewardship of the body.

However, the use of fire is certainly a questionable way of disposing of the body because, perhaps, it can be looked upon as abuse of the body.

First things first….

The greatest consideration for us all is not the condition of our bodies following our death, but the condition of our souls now.  Keep in mind, one of the supreme goals of a Christian’s service to the Lord is to see the salvation of those who are lost.  For the Christian, are we certain our hearts are right with the Lord?  Likewise, are we living a life that glorifies and honors Christ?   Furthermore, are we using the opportunities the Lord has given to us to witness to and pray for the lost around us?  All of these things are of utmost importance.

For those who are lost, have you ever experienced the Lord’s saving grace in your life?  Have you ever seen that you have sinned against the Lord and, apart from His gracious intervention in your life, you can do nothing to gain forgiveness from Him?  Have you come before Him humbly, turning form those sins and trusting in Him to save you from those sins?  Have you ever experienced a change within you that results in recognizing Christ as your Lord and seeking to live your life for Him?

These are the marks of genuine salvation and the most important consideration that lies before us…

 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.  Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:  Even as I please all [men] in all [things], not seeking mine own profit, but the [profit] of many, that they may be saved.   (1 Corinthians 10:31-33)

 May the Lord bless you as you continue to seek His truth.

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Are You Filling Your Purpose In Life?

SIH HALTAL ICON(Ephesians 2:10) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: Christ Is The “Express Image Of The Father’s Person”

SIH HALTAL ICONChrist Is A Perfect Engraving Of The Father                          (Christ Is A Different Person of The Godhead, yet Exactly Like The Father)

Heb 1:3 : Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 2:10

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

The Gracious Salvation Of Christ: Ephesians 2:1-10

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast. 
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Paul begins to remind the church at Ephesus (and each one of us) the greatest grace that we can receive from our Lord… the wonderful grace of salvation from our sins.   The more we come to understand His gracious salvation, the more we should appreciate Him and the more we should be motivated to serve Him out of a heart of love and appreciation.

A very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The proof of our spiritual death – 1-3
II.        The gracious God of mercy and love – 4
III.        The gracious blessing of spiritual life and its results – 5-7
IV.        The gracious giving of faith – 8-9
V.        The gracious privilege being chosen to service for Him  – 10

 

EXPOSITION:

In this morning’s devotional, as a summary of his prior teachings, Paul emphasizes that our salvation is a gracious gift of God…  

 

(Ephesians 2:10)  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Although our good works did not save us, nor do they keep us saved, Paul now explains why good works are very important for our lives…

 

For we are his workmanship,
The word translated “workmanship” is the Greek word “poiema”, it is from this word that we get the English word “poem”.   In other words, our lives are a poem that He has written to reveal Himself to the world.  All of His gracious workings in our lives reveal His person, attributes and workings to those who are touched by our lives.  This same principle is also found in 2 Corinthians 3:1-3.  In this scripture we find the Christian described as the letter (epistle) God has written “known and read of all men”…

Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some [others], epistles of commendation to you, or [letters] of commendation from you?  Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:  [Forasmuch as ye are] manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.”   (2 Corinthians 3:1-3)

 

created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
The poem of our lives are brought into existence and shaped in Christ Jesus for the purpose of performing good works that bring honor and glory to our Creator and Lord.

Please note that our “creation” described here involves both:
1.  our physical life (received at our conception in our mother’s womb)
2.  our spiritual life (received at our salvation experience)

We received both our physical and spiritual life for the purpose of doing good works to bring honor and glory to Christ.

And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:  Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond [nor] free: but Christ [is] all, and in all.”   (Colossians 3:10-11)

 

which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Before the world began, God “ordained” us, in other words, we were “prepared in advance” to a ministry of service (good works) for Him.  Before we were given physical and spiritual life, God had already planned for us to perform good works in His honor.

What a wonderful thought!  All of His workings in our lives had a purpose behind them…. He made us, and then prepared us, for His service!  This is a clear declaration of the fact that the bearing of spiritual fruit (which is seen as good works in the eyes of others) is a very, very important purpose for the lives of God’s people.

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”  (Romans 8:29)

 

APPLICATION:

Although the performance of good works will not cause us to receive, nor retain our salvation, it is still of utmost importance for the Christian.   We were created and saved to perform these good works and it is through these good works that we can honor and glorify the One who has graced us in such wonderful ways.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!  

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If We Are Saved, Or Kept Saved, By Our Works… We Can Boast!

SIH HALTAL ICON(Ephesians 2:9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.

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Christ In The Book Of Hebrews: Christ Is The “Brightness of His (God’s) Glory”

SIH HALTAL ICONChrist’s Life Brilliantly Displays The Eternal Glory Of God.

Heb 1:3 KJV: Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 2:9

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

The Gracious Salvation Of Christ: Ephesians 2:1-10

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast. 
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Paul begins to remind the church at Ephesus (and each one of us) the greatest grace that we can receive from our Lord… the wonderful grace of salvation from our sins.   The more we come to understand His gracious salvation, the more we should appreciate Him and the more we should be motivated to serve Him out of a heart of love and appreciation.

A very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The proof of our spiritual death – 1-3
II.        The gracious God of mercy and love – 4
III.        The gracious blessing of spiritual life and its results – 5-7
IV.        The gracious giving of faith – 8-9
V.        The gracious privilege being chosen to service for Him  – 10

 

EXPOSITION:

In this morning’s devotional, as a summary of his prior teachings, Paul emphasizes that our salvation is a gracious gift of God…

(Eph 2:9)  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Following Paul’s clear statement that.. ”For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”… following this, he then states that the saving faith that we exercise is …

Not of works, lest any man should boast.
This is a very important point indeed.  Paul is telling us that if we simply “make a decision to trust Christ” for our salvation, apart from His intervention and granting of faith to us, it is something we can boast about.  Why is this?  It is because the exercise of that saving faith would be based upon US…  The decision we made would be due to:
1. our ability to understand the Scriptures on our own
2. our wisdom to apply the Scriptures to our lives
3. our decision, which was made solely of our own ability
4. our faith which we possessed of ourselves and which we simply decided to place in Christ.

Truly, our salvation would be a display of our many attributes and abilities… we would be recognized as “smarter” than others who heard the Word but rejected it!  This would be because we acted upon the gospel rather than rejecting it like many others do.

But what is the truth about the receipt of the gospel by lost mankind?
1. We were blinded to the truth and must have our eyes opened by the Lord. (2 Corinthians 4:3-6)
2. We could not seek the Lord, nor did we want to.  The Lord had to draw us to himself (John 6:44-45,65)
3. We could not turn from our sins, but the Lord must intervene and turn us. (2 Timothy 2:25)
4. We could not trust in Him of ourselves but must have saving faith granted to us through Christ. (Phils 1:29)

We can in no way brag about what took place in our lives at our salvation.  All we can do is cry “thank you my Lord”, for it was only by His divine intervention that we can to a saving faith in Him.

 

APPLICATION:

This basic principle can be applied in another way as well…
If we being to think that we are saved by grace, but kept saved through our good works…. The truth is, if that is so, we have much to brag about.  We can pat ourselves on the back and say that we are better than others due to our good works and the retaining our salvation (compared to those who are saved and then lose that salvation).

But what is the truth?  We are kept by the power of the Lord, in His hand protected and secure in Him.  Once again we are not to look to ourselves, but we are to praise and honor Him realizing His death on the cross accomplished the work necessary to keep us secure in Him apart from our good works.  (2 Timothy 1:8-10, John 10:27-30)

Our good works can add nothing to the reception or retention of our salvation.  His grace is sufficient to meet our every eternal need!…

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency [is] of God;  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”  (2 Corinthians 3:5-6)

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!  

 

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By God’s Grace We have Received The Gift Of Saving Faith!

SIH HALTAL ICON(Eph 2:8) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

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