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We Have A Future HOPE!

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Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. Ephesians 2:19-22

A lot of people nowadays like to find the details of their family tree. I find it interesting that we can actually through DNA and other tools and because of the access we now have to the internet, can trace our family tress almost to their very origins. We can discover things about our ancestors that we never thought possible only a few years back.

While I think it’s interesting to search our family trees, there is another tree that we can also see as we look toward our past. That family tree is the one connected to Adam and Eve all the way back to the Garden of Eden. When we look at that tree, it paints a scary heritage. That tree is the one that brought us sin. It is the one that connects us to “original sin.” That tree could have and would have condemned us to eternal punishment if not for the love and blood of Jesus. Looking back at that tree makes me all the more grateful for Jesus Christ and what He did for me on the cross.

Ephesians says to us that we are no longer strangers and foreigners in the kingdom of Almighty God. It says that we are now citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. Wow! Think about that! We, who deserved eternal punishment, are now fellow citizens of the household of God. When Jesus died in our place, He didn’t just forgive our sins but He restored our citizenship.

He restored our damaged family “spiritual” tree. We are now children of the King. We who once had nothing but dread and judgment in our future now have a living and eternal hope. Because Jesus was willing to give His life as a sacrifice for my sin, I am now a citizen of Heaven. Because of Jesus, my future is bright and my hope is secure.

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Free and Alive

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Ephesians 2:2-3 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

Something spiritually catastrophic happened when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden. Not only did they sin against God but they gave away the authority of their lives to Satan. When he tricked them into their sin; they, in effect, actually turned over their allegiance to none other than the enemy of God. This was obviously a huge moment in the life of humanity. The perfect conditions that God had created for mankind in the garden was altered. Only God could change the course of humanity now. So, He did. He sent His Own Son to win back the authority that Adam and Eve gave away. Jesus came and lived life as the perfect Lamb of God and did the only thing that could make our freedom possible. He chose to die in our place and for our sin. In doing so, He did something even more amazing. He took back the authority that Adam and Eve gave away. The Bible says that Jesus died on the cross, entered into hell, and returned with the keys to death and hell. This, is essence, was the moment He freed us from our sure judgment.

In defeating Satan, He took back the authority that Adam and Eve had given away. Ephesians 2 describes it like this: “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air.”

Whatever does that mean? It means that we are no longer under the authority of the evil one. We are FREE and ALIVE now because of the power of the cross. To all who choose Him as Savior, He gives the right to called the children of God. We are no longer under another authority. We now belong to Christ and no other!

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