December 30

Ephesians 1:3-10

“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.” vss. 3-4

There are some who teach and believe that humans have a heritage that stretches back to the very beginning, that we were created as spiritual children of God long before we received our physical bodies. Of course there’s no way that a teaching like this can be verified, but the writer of Ephesians seems to be hinting at such a possibility as he begins his letter. He’s saying that in Christ we are indelibly linked to the Creator of the Universe, perhaps even, that each of us are created in the image and the likeness of God. He implies that our divine origins mean that we have been pre-wired for goodness’s sake. To use his words, we are intended to be “holy and blameless” and exude love in all we say and do. To use technological language, our default setting is holiness and our operating system is love! For some that notion is absurd. They point to rampant greed and self-centeredness as signs that humans are intractably wicked and hell-bent on self-destruction. And while it is true that evil gets a lot of press, the bigger story is that goodness dominates in our world. The Christ factor is everywhere and will always have the last word!

Thought for the Day: In what sense am I a spiritual child of God? 

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