After writing yesterday’s blog post, I went through the book of Ephesians in order to find specific examples of how
Jesus really accomplished everything that needed to be accomplished. As I went through the book, I jotted down everything Christ was said to have done for us.
- Blessed us with every spiritual blessing- Ephesians 1:3
- Chose us in him before the foundation of the world- Ephesians 1:4
- Predestined us for adoption as sons-Ephesians 1:5
- Made known to us the mystery of God’s will-Ephesians 1:9
- Sealed us with the promise of the Holy Spirit-Ephesians 1:14
- Gives us a spirit of wisdom and revelation- Ephesians 1:17
- Enlightens our hearts-Ephesians 1:18
- Made us alive- Ephesians 2:5
- Brought us near to God-Ephesians 2:13
- Reconciled us with God-Ephesians 2:16
- Preached peace to us- Ephesians 2:17
- Gives us access to the Father and the Spirit- Ephesians 2:18
- Builds us up into the temple of God- Ephesians 2:22
- Made the Gentiles heirs to God’s promises- Ephesians 3:6
- Strengthens us with power through his Spirit- Ephesians 3:16
- Dwells in our hearts through faith- Ephesians 3:17
- Roots and grounds us in love- Ephesians 3:17
- Equipped us for the work of ministry- Ephesians 4:12
- Grieves when we sin- Ephesians 4:30
- Gave himself up for the church- Ephesians 5:25
- Sanctified us- Ephesians 5:25
- Made us holy, without blemish- Ephesians 5:27
It’s amazing how much we see Jesus has done and is doing in just one chapter of the New Testament. It’s also refreshing to apply this to my life and to remember all that he has already accomplished, and all that he could accomplish in my life if I would only let him.
When I tire of trying to work out my own sanctification I only need to remember that it is Jesus who is building me up, equipping me for the work, and who is ultimately giving me wisdom. If I were to reflect less on how little I’ve done and place all my hope and faith in what he’s done and what he promises he will do, I would follow with a lot more joy and peace. I would be able to truly praise. I would be able to fearlessly tackle impossible things for the kingdom of God because I’d place larger bets on Jesus.
What about you? Of the accomplishments listed above, what is one or two that you need to pray over, and acknowledge that Jesus has done or is doing? Please share in the comments below.