Exodus 32:9-10 Occasionally, God changed His mind, but when he cuts a covenant, He never changes His mind.
Isaiah 14:24, 27; 46:9-10; Psalm 33:11 He means what He says and says what He means, and we can be assured He will do what He promises to do.
God’s dream, His purpose for the ages, is a love relationship with you that is real, personal, and everlasting.
Ephesians is a brief, but full, view of Christianity. Our past, present, and future are laid out.
Ephesians 1:3-5 Predestined - He thought it through and planned it out. Our calling is not haphazard or a mistake; rather, it is according to the kind intention of His will.
9 according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him
11 having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,
2:1 trespasses - crossing God’s line or boundaries. Dead - we had no spiritual consciousness, no connection with God, godliness, or spiritual awareness.
2-3 “walk” is used metaphorically for the way we regularly live and conduct our lives
1. course (age) of this world - the world today determined how we lived
2. prince of the power of the air - the devil, not God, influenced our walk
3. sons of disobedience - the old nature
Our former way of life was controlled by evil without our awareness.
4-6 Our spiritual state today because God is rich in mercy and His great love
7 - Our future
8-10 God did for us what we could never do for ourselves.
11-12 - 1 separate from Christ; 2 excluded from the commonwealth; 3 strangers to the covenants; 4 no hope; 5 without God in the world
13-22 Our reality now - near, peace with God and man, reconciled, access to God, fellow citizens, God's household, the habitation of God.
3:1-12 We are a part of God’s dream, the purpose of the ages.
2:10 Walk like God has you to be
4:1 Walk in a manner worthy of the calling
4:17 Do not walk like you were-
5:2 Walk in love
5:8 Walk as children of the light
5:15 Walk carefully, as a wise one