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Prisoner of Christ Jesus

February 8, 2017

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Prisoner of Christ Jesus

In Ephesians,  chapters 2 and 3,  Paul’s heart  went out  to the Ephesian Christians.     They had been idol worshipers,  but when they heard the message  of Christ our Savior  they believed  in Him.     However,  they felt excluded  from the position of Jewish Christians,  imagining the Savior  probably favored  the Jewish Christians,  because Jesus was  of Jewish descent.

Paul explained  to the Ephesians,  “you are  fellow citizens  with the saints,  and are  of God’s household”.   (Ephesians 2:19)    And furthermore,  “you also are  being built together  into a dwelling  of God  in the Spirit”.   (Ephesians 2:22)     Then Paul said  in Ephesians 3:1,  that he was,

The prisoner  of Christ Jesus  for the sake  of you Gentiles.

Although Paul  had earlier persecuted Jews  who became Christians,  the risen Christ  appeared to him  (Acts 8 and 9) and through God’s instructions,  Paul became  a strong Christian,  seeing how  the Old Testament prophesied  specific details regarding Jesus.     Paul repented  of his total misunderstanding  of Jesus  truly being the promised Savior  —  and became bound and determined  to serve the LORD  with the rest  of his life.     That is why  Paul often referred  to himself as,  the prisoner  of Christ Jesus  for the sake  of you Gentiles”.

Paul wanted the Ephesian Christians  to understand  that they truly were  on an equal standing  with Jewish Christians  in the eyes of God.     He showed them  that from the very beginning  of Old Testament records,  it had always been  God’s loving plan  to bring salvation  to peoples  from all nations.     So,  bound  to serve God  in truth,  the “prisoner” Paul said  in Ephesians 3:6,

The Gentiles  are fellow heirs  and fellow members  of the body,  and fellow partakers  of the promise  in Christ Jesus  through the gospel.

Actually,  everyone  who honestly  puts their faith  in Christ  is a “prisoner  of Christ Jesus”.

Glad that Christ wants us  to be His own beloved,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for wanting us  to stay close  to You  in faith,  hope,  and love.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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