THE UNSEARCHABLE RICHES OF CHRIST (EPHESIAN 3:8)

Hello! My name is Taiwo A. Ahmed and I am a descendant of Adam and Eve. By this singular heritage I inherited four major problems which were that:

  1. I was a prisoner of Satan,
  2. I was a slave of sin;
  3. I was an enemy of God, and
  4. I was subject to death.

The Bible book of Genesis (Chapter 2 & 3) briefly described how I got into this mess.

“The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man (Adam) whom He had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Gen. 2:8-14).

Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Gen. 2:15-17) Read also verses 18-20.

“And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and HE brought her to the man” (Gen 2:21,22).

Adam called the woman Eve. The LORD God married them and Eve became Adam’s wife.

Shortly after this Satan in the guise of a serpent came into the Garden of Eden and with subtlety, deception and lies convinced Eve to disobey God by eating of the forbidden fruit which she did and also gave to her husband Adam. By this singular act of disobedience of Adam, man fell from grace to grass. They fell from being king and queen of the earth and lord of all, into being prisoners and servants of Satan, slaves of sin, subject to death and enemies of God. They became spiritually separated from God and mortality sets in on them. All these problems they brought upon their descendants. I inherited these problems from Adam and Eve. By one man sin came into the world and death as a result of sin for the penalty of sin is death. (Rom. 3:23; Rom. 6:23). “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all have sinned” (Rom. 5:12). The problems I am in are the problems of every one born into the world through Adam’s lin. But God has made a way of escape out of these problems. The way provided is Jesus Christ. Any one that will believe on Him will be out of these problems too and in addition he will be saved from eternal damnation in hell and from the torment of the lake of fire which is the second death.

What Christ has done for me is unsearchable, that is mysterious; unfathomable beyond mortal comprehension. This is how I have evaluated Jesus love and kindness towards me in helping to overcome my four problems. Apostle Paul in Ephesians Chapter Three, verse Eight (Eph. 3:8), says “To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ”. Also read verses nine to thirteen.

Unsearchable Riches of Christ.

The riches Christ has given me cannot be quantified and the price He paid was in His own blood. What His Father did for me a worthless sinner in substituting His Son for my death I cannot comprehend. All I have to say is thank You LORD. Thank you for giving me inextinguishable happiness and limitless liberty. Thank You for making me slave of the Most High God and allowing me to tell others about the way of salvation.

How I Escaped Satan’s Prison

A was fought in heaven as a result of Satan’s revolt against God. Satan wanted to dethrone God, the rightful King (Gen. 1:1). Satan was defeated and cast out of heaven. Since he wanted to be king by all means, he settled at the vicinity of the earth. He challenged Adam for the title of the earth and ownership of all that God has given Adam. By the disobedience of Adam to God, Adam lost the world to Satan and Satan became the Prince of the world. This is how I and all descendants of Adam became prisoners of war and prisoners of Satan.

Lord Jesus came from heaven to the earth to fight Satan so that He can set us who are captives of Satan free. The battles were fought on two frontlines. The first was in the wilderness (Matt. 4:1-10). Satan using the same weapon (disobedience) which he used on Adam on Jesus but he could not prevail. He also employed the weapon “Lust of the flesh”. “lust of the eye” and “pride of life” against Jesus but Jesus withstood him and was victorious.

The second battle was at Calvary when Jesus was sent to the cross to die in place of sinners. By Christ death Satan was defeated because Jesus obeyed God to the limit even allowing Himself to die a shameful death on the cross. “Cursed is anyone that hung on a tree” (Gal 3:13; Heb. 12:2; I Pet 2:24) Jesus became a curse so that He can defeat Satan on our behalf.

By Satan’s defeat, Satan was bound and his captives who believe in Jesus were set free. Because I believe in Jesus I was set free from the prison of Satan. I became the prisoner of Jesus who soon set me free giving me liberty to worship God and follow Him. The choice to follow Jesus and worship God was my decision. This is how Jesus saved me from Satan and I am no longer a prisoner. Thank you Jesus for coming to my rescue.

How I was Saved From Sin.

When Adam disobeyed God he sinned for sin is the transgression of the Law of God. Adam’s sin brought sin into the world. As a result of this Adam acquires a sinful nature and all his descendants inherit a sinful nature. I am a sinner and we are all sinners because descendants of Adam. This is called the Original sin. Besides this Original Sin we all have the tendencies to commit sins. By sinning we serve Sin and therefore slaves of sin.

Jesus by coming into our world came to set us free from the power of sin. The way He accomplished this was by taking our place as sinner and paying the penalty for our sins by doing the punishment that God demanded to justify us. Since the penalty or wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23), Jesus died as a sacrificial payment for our sins. He is our Propitiator, that is, He satisfied all of God’s requirements for forgiveness of our sins. He pleases God in His atonement for us through which we obtained the grace of God for salvation.

The power of sin is the law. The grace that Jesus brought by His death is far more stronger than the law because while the law can condemn one to death grace is able to quicken one and save one eternally. “But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law”.

God now sees me as a person who has never sinned in his life anytime He looks at me. Before God because of Jesus Christ I am now a saint. A person justified by Jesus. Thank you Jesus. Jesus I love you!

How I became A Friend and A Child of God Instead of His Enemy

God had warned Adam that if Adam disobeyed HIM Adam will surely die. This death will come in form of physical and spiritual deaths. Spiritual death is a separation of God from Adam and his descendants forever.

As a result of this Adamic sin God became separated from Adam and his descendants and man became enemy of God. This became my problem and your problem because we descended from Adam. But Christ’s death in my place changed all things for me and you.

From the moment this happened our God who is gracious in mercy made a way of reconciling man back with Him. “I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgement. I will take you as My people, and I will be your God”. (Exod. 6:6,7) “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance” (Isaiah 19:23). “Simon (Peter) has declared how God at the first visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name” (Acts 15:14). “As He says also in Hosea (Hosea 2:23) “I will call them My people, who were not My people, and he beloved, who was not beloved”. As God has said “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people”. (2 Cor. 6:16). “But as many as received Him (Jesus) to them God gave the right to become children of God” (Jn. 1:12).

God makes my relationship to Him right through Christ; and gives me the work of bringing others into that relationship of love and understanding; God not reckoning that I had not contributed my share, has cancelled that debt and actually trusts me with expressing to the world His longing to bring all His children into a relationship of love with Himself. Like the prodigal son I was, God reconciled with me forgetting my misbehaviors of the past and was happy to have me back because of His mercy purchased by the blood of Jesus my master.

The Bible says it better in 2 Cor. 6:17-21. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the whole world to Himself, and not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us; we implore you in Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He (Eternal God the Father) made Him (Our Lord Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Jesus)”.

Now I will Live Forever in Christ Jesus.

Jesus Christ by His death defeated death because He resurrected, that is, rose from the dead. He removes the sting of death (pain) and the victory (or glory) of the grave from them. Jesus triumphed over all His enemies and made a show or shame of them. He sets captivity captive.

Christ’s victory over death sets those who believe on Him free from the power of death and they shall die no more. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive”. (I Cor. 15:23) “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (Jn. 3:16).

“Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death” (Jn. 8:51)

“I (Jesus) and the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (Jn. 11:25, 26). Yes, Lord I believe.

“Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:11).

Rejoice with me and all that are in Christ Jesus that we shall never die. Our salvation is assured and it is eternal. Thanks to Jesus our kinsman and Redeemer.

In the above passages I shown the unsearchable riches of Jesus which HE has given unto us in all ages and these are as follows:

  1. Redemption: He bought us back by the payment of a fee which was His blood. Rescue from captivity by payment of a ransom; to extricate us from the trouble of sin. Read Job. 19:25; Ps. 49:15; Lu. 1:68; Rom. 3:24; Gal. 3:24; Gal. 3:13; Eph. 1:7; Heb. 9:12.
  2. Justification: The act by which a sinner is freed through faith from the penalty of his sin and is accepted by God as righteous. We are accounted as righteous before God. The sinner puts on the righteousness of Christ (Rom. 4:3,5).
  3. Regeneration or the New Birth: It means a rebirth or recreation. Regeneration is the creation by the Holy Spirit of a new life in man called the “new creation”, or the “new man”.

Like the first birth it is an event and not a process, though from the first conviction of sin to regeneration may cover days, weeks, months or even years. Yet, the actual birth takes place in a second, as one passes from darkness to light. The person has a second birthday and begins a new life. Read Jn. 3:3,7; Gal. 6:15; Jer. 13:23; 17:9; Heb. 12:14; 2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:1; Jas. 1:18; Gal. 3:2; Jn. 3:5, 6,8; Jn. 1:12, 13; I Cor. 4:15; Rom. 1:6; I Pet. 1:25; I Jn. 2:29; I Jn. 3:9; I Jn. 5:18; I Jn. 5:14; Jn. 7:38.

  1. Adoption: Admits man into the family of God with filial joy to our Father God. Adoption is a Greek word which means, “the placing of a son”. Read Gal. 4:5,7; Rom. 8:15; Eph. 1:5; Gal. 3:26; Rom. 9:11; I Jn. 3:12; Rom. 8:23; Rom. 8:14, 15; Jn. 16:13; Gal. 5:15, 18; Gal. 4:6; Jn. 17:23; Luke 12:27-33; I Jn. 3:1; Rom. 8:29; I Jn. 3:14; Jn. 14:23; 2 Cor. 1:4; I Pet. 1:4; Jn. 13:14; Jn. 15:17.
  2. Reconciliation: Is to make friendly again or win over to a friendly attitude. It is to restore harmony between persons, especially between God and human beings. Read Rom. 5:10, 11; Rom. 11:15; 2 Cor. 5:19, 20; Eph. 2:16; Matt. 5:24.
  3. Sanctification: To make holy or set apart as holy. To cleanse or set apart fro sacred use. To make binding on inviolable by a religious sanction. This is a very important subject, for Heb. 12:14 says “Follow peace with all men, and holiness without which no man shall see God”.

Sanctification shows the fruit of a justified life: we need to be sanctified for our Savior was sanctified (Jn. 10:36, Jn. 17:19; I Pet. 3:15).

Sanctification is the will of God for every believer. (I Thess. 4:3). Sanctification of the work of the Holy Spirit and it means separation. Believers have been set apart by God for the Lord to use as He desires. The Bible meaning of sanctification is to be set apart (1) by God (2) for God (3) from sin (4) unto a holy life. Read also Ps. 4:3; 2 Tim. 2:21; I Thess. 5:23, 24; Eph. 5:26; 2 Thess. 2:13; Jn. 17:17; Heb. 13:12; 12:10, 11; Rom. 6:9; 2 Cor. 7:1; I Cor. 6:11; Jas. 1:22-25; I Thess. 5:23; Jn. 17:19; Rom. 15:3; Heb. 10:14; Rom. 6:22; Jas. 4:7; Acts 26:18; I Thess. 5:24.

  1. Substitution: A person or a thing serving or used in place of another. To take the place of another. The substitution of one person or thing for another. Our Lord Jesus was substituted for us. He died in our place on the cross. The Son of God the sinless one paid the penalty for the sins of the children of men by dying in our place. All our sins were placed on Him who knows no sin and was crucified for us all.
  2. Other Riches. In addition to the riches of Jesus given to us gifts we also have gifts of inheritance which makes us heirs of God’s kingdom. We also enjoy the love of God as our Father. Lord Jesus also gave us the gifts of faith in the Lord and access to God. We can call on in prayer at any time and at everywhere. Jesus gave us the gift of righteousness thereby making us saints.

We receive the grace of God and forgiveness of our sins through Jesus Christ.

While there are still many like provision, protection, good health etc which I have not mentioned, it suffice to say that Jesus has given us tremendous unsearchable gifts and we should be eternally grateful to Jesus our Savior and our Son of Righteousness. Double Kudos to our Almighty King and His Prince of Peace.

To benefit from these entire unsearchable gifts one must believe in Him who has provided through His love and sacrifice for us. It will be unjust to reap where one did not sow or to eat of the sweat of one you did not believe in. I invite you to accept Jesus Christ today as your Master, Lord and Savior and all will be yours including eternal salvation and the bliss of heaven. It will be a very bad decision to end up in eternity in hell and torment.

Remember that Jesus loves you and want you with Him in Heaven.

The grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you as you read and accept Jesus. Amen.

 

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