“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV
This is the ending of a prayer for the brethren in Ephesus that starts in verse 14. Within this letter the Apostle Paul uses various images to describe the relationship the church has with Christ. In Ephesians 1:22-23 he uses the body and the head, in 2:14-18 and 4:3 the reconciled and the reconciler and in 5:22-33 Paul uses the bride and the groom. We are the bride of Christ. He has saved us from eternal damnation. We surrendered to His will by the behest of the Holy Spirit. Could we have refused to comply with God’s standard? Absolutely, millions do each day. But something was quickened within us that ignited the ember in our soul. We were compelled to act. We were drawn close to our Maker and as a result washed clean of all iniquity.
In our wildest dreams we could never be able to imagine what God can and will do in and through us. It’s a matter of trust that is born out of our faith. If we trust the Lord no matter what may befall us, believing that He always has our best interests at heart, we will be blessed. We are not to be a hoarder of those blessings, but rather a distributor. The source of our blessings is endless; therefore we are able to bless others freely and indiscriminately. The overwhelming power of God is at work in the sincere and devoted believer, using us as the vehicle to bring about the reconciliation of the entire human race.
Those that choose to embrace Christ will live forever, those who turn away from His indescribable gift of forgiveness by virtue of His incredible grace shall be required to pay for their sins on their own. Since that is impossible, for the blood of a sinless sacrifice is required as payment, they will be lost, outside of the presence of God for all time.
Show the world Christ so that they may have the opportunity to shed their sinful ways as a snake sheds its skin and live a life that is more exciting and rewarding that anything this world has to offer. Until Christ returns, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources: Reformation Study Bible.