Saturday, October 15, 2022

How Excellent Is Thy Name!

Bobservations' Column

Pastor Bob Lawrenz

When we recall Genesis chapter 1, it’s impossible to dismiss God’s limitless power and knowledge. From beginning to end, the Bible presents evidence to us that God has had a plan all along, and He has the ability to “choreograph” every event to the good of those that choose to believe in Him.

Were we media reporters, we would be asking the who, what, where, when, and why for all His planning and purpose. And the answers to all those questions would bring us to God’s plan of salvation: His plan, for all mankind.

It is the Bible itself that presents that answers we seek. That we are all here today gathered in this sanctuary means that His salvation is important to us.

As we study through this Epistle of Paul’s, we “stumble across” what The Father in heaven has done, and that He has done it through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. No one is left out of His plan. And the only way for anyone to lose out on God’s plans for us is to openly reject His plan, and chose to work out their best options for themselves.

In glaring contrast, those who choose to believe in Christ Jesus, gain God’s best plan for them, AND an assurance of eternal life with the One who keeps this world spinning from day to day. God’s plan for His chosen ones, and those to whom He offers an adoption into that “family” through the blood of His Son.

He is a masterful planner, and a loving Father for all. That’s what we learn by reading and studying His Word. We learn more about the Father and the Son, and their shared Holy Spirit Who works all things to the good for those that believe. The promises God has made to us will remain in place until the world stops spinning.
"Thus saith the LORD; If you can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and there should not be day and night in their season: then, may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers." – Jeremiah 33: 20, 21

Today's Audio Message:
Ephesians 1:13-23 - "How Excellent Is Thy Name!"


In the first part of Ephesians 1, Paul tells the believer who they are in Christ, you are chosen, adopted, redeemed and sealed. He goes on to share the many spiritual blessings that are found in our Lord. As we finish this chapter, Paul describes to us what God wants us to have and what God wants us to know. God wants us to know him, not just to know about him. As we walk with God, He reveals the glorious things that He wants us to know in His Word. In His Word is found the knowledge of the Lord, the hope to which you have been called, and the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints. He wants you to know the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us as seen through the resurrection and exaltation of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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