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Audacious -- Week 2

Read: Ephesians 1: 13-17

 

Reflect: These verses are about salvation. Read them carefully. Paul is super wordy. Look at the words carefully, though. As you read each of these verses, you’ll see terms we use as believers to speak of the time we came to know Jesus:

 

Gospel (euaggelion) - In the New Testament, this word is used only to speak of the glad tidings of Jesus Christ and His salvation. It tells of the gospel plan of salvation and Christ’s precepts and promises.

 

Salvation (soteria) - This word means rescue. It speaks of deliverance from sin and its spiritual consequences.

 

Redemption (apolutrosis) - The meaning of this word is to let go of something or to free for a ransom. There is a deliverance from the power and consequence of sin.

 

I don’t know about you, but I can’t read verses like the ones we read today or the definitions of our gospel terms  without remembering the moment I accepted and received Christ. I believe it’s a one-time event. Once we accept Christ for salvation, we are sealed with His Holy Spirit. We belong to Him, and we are no longer bound to the consequence of sin.

 

Respond: How well do you remember your own salvation story? Spend some time today writing it out. Be specific. The second chapter of Audacious is about coming to know Jesus and sharing Him with others. Let’s not move past our own coming to knowledge of Him too quickly. I want to encourage you to remember all of the details of your salvation experience. Where were you? Who shared with you? What did it feel like? Put yourself back in that moment and write about it in your journal.

 

Renew: How can we remember our redemption, the moment the consequences of our own sin were canceled, and not allow it to refresh our hearts with gratitude? All we can do is say, “thank you.” Spend some time in prayer with Jesus today.

 

“The LORD is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation. Shouts of joy and victory resound in the tents of the righteous: ‘The LORD’S right hand has done mighty things.” Psalm 118: 14-15

 

“I shall give thanks to You, because You have saved me. You have become my salvation.” Psalm 118:21

 

 

 

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