Saturday, June 30, 2007

Eph 1 Good theology sounds like doxology

The other day I was listening to this month's Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals message. Dr. Ryken who was preaching on Ephesians 1 said that good theology sounds like doxology. This is especially true in the section he was preaching from, the Spritual Blessings in Christ section of the chapter:

Eph 1:3 "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.

11 "In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession—to the praise of his glory.

Awesome stuff. A great prompting for my own heart. Does my "theology" sound like doxology? Is there a new song in my heart, in my mouth, on my tongue? A song that proclaims the greatness, goodness, and graciousness of Jesus? Yes! Perhaps not enough, but Yes! And may it evermore so.

Blessings in Christ!

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