The Gospel of a Splendid God
We are a species curved in on ourselves. We think a lot of ourselves and a lot about ourselves. Even when it comes to “the gospel of salvation.” The very phrase suggests that someone is lost but now is saved, and that someone is us. The gospel, it would seem, is also about us.
Yes and no; I’ll explain in a bit. For now, you’re going to have to do some work: read or recall a longer passage of Scripture. Preachers and spiritual writers know better than to quote Scripture at such length. Listeners and readers tend to just skip over these quotes, even if they believe them to be the very Word of God! At any rate, one reason for quoting Ephesians 1:1–14 in full is that (in light of the astounding things I’m claiming) I’m not making this stuff up.
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, ...
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