Enjoying Your Position in Christ

Dr. Tim Hill -Singer - Songwriter - Author - General Overseer of the Church of God
Dr. Tim Hill -Singer – Songwriter – Author – General Overseer of the Church of God

Ephesians 1:1-7

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is simply a declaration of victory for the child of God. He sets out from the beginning to inform the reader of his position and favor as a redeemed child of God.

In the opening seven verses, He gives to us three amazing and liberating instructions that, if followed, will bring us into a thrilling and enjoyable Christian experience.

I. Recognize Your Righteousness

In verse one, Paul writes to the “Saints” that are at Ephesus. By addressing them as saints, Paul established their identity in Christ. Not because Paul said so, but because the blood of Jesus made it so.

While we typically don’t walk around referring to ourselves as “saints,” by all God-given grace and biblical authority, we very well could.

Sainthood really is not something conferred by vote of or by denominational accreditation. Sainthood is achieved the moment one is born again. One person said, “You are either a ‘saint’ or an “ain’t.” That pretty well sums it up.

The saved are “saints” in light … “For ye were sometime darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord” (Ephesians 5:8).

Paul wrote to the “saints” in Philippians 4:22: “All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.”

While we certainly may not have the word “saint” embossed on our business cards, we certainly need to grasp the privileges of sainthood in our hearts. We are not “wretched worms,” nor are we the unworthy and condemned.

Undeserving? Absolutely.

Unworthy? Absolutely not.

The blood of Jesus changed our status and made us worthy.

2. Rest in Your Relationship

Paul said were are “accepted in the beloved.” The Holy Spirit introduced me to the wonderful family of God, and Jesus signed and secured my adoption. We are given the “Spirit of Adoption,” whereby we cry “Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6).

There is no need to compete for a place in the family, nor vie for the attention of the Father. My place is secure and I am welcomed at the throne of grace any time.

3. Rely on Your Resources

Paul wrote, “He has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places.”

What a promise. Look at it carefully …

The Scope of the Blessings: ALL

The Significance of the Blessings: SPIRITUAL

The Sphere of the Blessings: HEAVENLY PLACES

God the Father already has all that I need. He doesn’t have to create any more love, grace, or mercy. He doesn’t have to mine or dig for any more gold or silver. It all belongs to Him.

For the Earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof” (1 Corinthians 10:26).

The old song says: “He owns the cattle on a thousand hills.”

Being in Christ provides the “daily bread” of God’s provision.

Another old song said:

“Already mine, already mine;

My father is rich, and it’s already mine.”

You are “somebody” in the kingdom of Heaven. Actually, we all are, because of God’s wonderful grace.

Tim Hill

Dr Timothy Hill

Dr. Timothy Hill currently serves as General Overseer of the Church of God. He has also served as the general director of World Missions; First Assistant General Overseer; Second Assistant General Overseer; Secretary General of the Executive Committee at the International Offices of the Church of God; Chairman of the Executive Council of the Church of God; and as Administrative Bishop for the Church of God in Southern Ohio and Oklahoma. Hill graduated from Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1987, and received a Doctorate of Divinity from the Church of God Theological Seminary, Cleveland, Tennessee, in 2006. Hill has released a book entitled, “Beyond the Mist,” which has also been translated into Spanish. He has authored five books of sermons and written 150 gospel songs over the past 32 years. Many of his songs have been recorded by the nation’s top artists in gospel music. Hill is the author of the number one song, “He’s Still in the Fire,” which was voted as Song of the Year by Gospel Voice Magazine.
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