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It may seem like a familiar greeting. And it was; but there was something different about it. The difference lay in the givers.
Are you confused about 'blessings'? Are they things or thoughts, words or works?
If you are a Christian, it is no random accident! You are in Christ because that is what Father God wanted.
All of God's blessings (powerfully good words that He will fulfil) stem from His love. He does not bribe us with nice words and then fail to keep His promise.
In the days of slavery, it was possible to make a payment to buy freedom for the slave. Jesus did that for us when He died. He bought us back (redeemed us) from our slavery to sin and Satan.
Politicians leak good news in order to keep ahead in the polls. The promise of benefit tomorrow is electoral credit today. However, God has never worked like that.
Life is messy!
Any right-minded Christian should quietly glow with the thought of being 'included in Christ'! This passage pivots on the idea of being marked with a seal.
Although Paul spent several years in Ephesus, he did not know everybody who would read this letter.
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