Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
and he shall strengthen thine heart;
wait, I say, on the LORD.
- Psalm 27:14
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The Fullness of God 1.31.2016
Dear friend,

May the abundant grace of God be received by us today, which He continually pours out from His heavenly throne which is full of grace and truth through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Have you heard the saying that "no man is an island?" Most of us have heard this statement which reflects the truth that we have been created for relationship by our Creator. We know and experience the reality that after the fall of mankind into sin, this harmonious relationship between ourselves and our Creator was changed, so that by nature we try to hide from Him and we experience the difficulties of being open and transparent within our human relationships. Paul has addressed the rupture that occurred between our God and ourselves in the beginning of chapter two of his letter to the Ephesians, focusing on the separation that has existed between the Jews and the Gentiles for many years. He has gone on to write that through the cross of Christ ALL of mankind has now been reunited into one humanity, (there is no longer a differentiation between Jew and Gentile) which means that God is now friendly towards ALL and is seeking to gather all unto Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ.

He is ready to receive all, but only those who come to Him through Jesus will the Father receive. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.( Ephesians 2:18) In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. (Ephesians 3:12). We not only have access to this grace, but we have boldness to approach His throne to find the grace to help in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
It is vitally important that we recognize that the first three chapters of this letter to the Ephesians contain the account of the reconciling work of God through Christ, why it had to be done, and how God reconciled all humanity so that He could dwell in all those who receive this gift through His Spirit. This is what the church is, God's dwelling place through the Spirit in the Universal Church.

2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

Today's passage is a prayer through which Paul asks that they/we would be strengthened by same Spirit that came to them/us when they/we believed, that Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith, that we being rooted and grounded in love would together be able to comprehend (in part) the unfathomable love of Christ. Why so? To the end that we would be filled with all the fulness of God!!

God's grace came to us, by faith we have access to it in Christ, God's love for us is shed abroad into our hearts by the Holy Spirit and through the collective and ever growing comprehension of this love, we are being filled with the fulness of God.

May the Spirit open the eyes of our understanding to this Word.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 01 Feb 2016 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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