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In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. Eph. 1:11, 12 We! Notice the use of the first person throughout, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ; according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame...

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“And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.” Jonah 3:1–2 The second time! God’s word came to Jonah the second time! Do we realize the wonder of that? The wonder of the amazing grace of God? For in these verses we see that God not only recovered His errant, run-away servant in the way of working repentance within him and forgiving him for what he had done, but also that He restored him to the office of prophet...

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Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. Psalm 119:49 The psalmist prays, “Remember the word unto thy servant” because he sees himself as God’s friend-servant saved by grace. The psalmist is not a servant against his will; God has made him a willing servant. Not surprisingly, he identifies himself as God’s servant thirteen times throughout the psalm, the only title he uses more than once. How good it is for us to see ourselves as God’s friend-servants. Adam was God’s friend-servant and God was his Friend-Sovereign in the garden. Adam fell from that...

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Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways. For the froward is abomination to the Lord: but his secret is with the righteous. Proverbs 3:31–32 Have you ever envied the ungodly? They have little concern to keep the Sabbath day, to be honest in business, to keep their word, or to care for the needy. This opens the door for riches and a lifestyle that many of us would like to have but are denied as we strive faithfully to serve the Lord. This envy is addressed in the proverb before us. There are several elements found...

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Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. Eph. 1:15-18 Striking intercession! Striking from the viewpoint of...

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And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power (that working of the strength of his might, R.V.), which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead. . . .Eph. 1:19, 20a That ye may know! That the Church of Jesus Christ may have knowledge, spiritual knowledge of spiritual things, is the fervent desire of the inspired apostle. With a view to that he prays for them: he ceases not to give thanks for them, always, continually making mention of them in his prayers to...

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Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. Ps. 2:1-3 Foolish raging! The heathen furiously rage! And shall not He, that sitteth in the heavens, laugh? For, they are raging, they set themselves in battle array and they take counsel together, they plot and conspire, against the Lord and His Anointed! Concretely their fury is directed against the Anointed of Jehovah. Their deepest purpose is to rage against the...

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For, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy. . . .Luke 2:10b. A word of great joy? Can we hear it? A thing has happened, a word has come to pass that is very really a cause of great joy. And from heaven appeared an ambassador with the tidings concerning this thing that came to pass, in order that these tidings as a word of great joy might be heard by us and the joy of it might fill our hearts! Do we hear it? That is the question of chief concern! Do we so hear it that...

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. . . . And set him at his own right hand in heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.Eph. 1:20b, 21. O, that this prayer be ours! And that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ may hear us! This prayer of the apostle in behalf of the Church at Ephesus, which is after all, the prayer which the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ wrought in his heart, in his mind, and...

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. . . .and gave him to be the head over all things to the church. Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all. Eph. 1:22b, 23. Glorious knowledge! Christ, the head over all things, is given as a head to the Church! For, let us not overlook the fact, that this passage constitutes the close and climax of the apostle’s prayer for the Church of Ephesus, and for the church of all ages, which was begun in the words of the fifteenth verse. And how fitting, and, indeed, indispensable a close it is! The...

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