April 26, 2018: The Greatest Change up in History

Ephesians 2:1-7 (NIV)
1  As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
2  in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
3  All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.
4  But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
5  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.
6  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
7  in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

For the next several days I want ot focus our attention on the passage of Ephesians 2:1-7.  In this one passage, we discover the great transaction that was made on our behalf.  It was a transaction that the enemy of our soul had no idea about.   Let us journey as the Spirit may shed light on our path int eh marvelous tedt before us.

In baseball, if a pitcher wants to fool a batter he will throw a pitch called a change-up.  It will look like all the world it is going to be a fast ball and the batter will swing at what he thinks is going to be a fastball and he will prepare to swing away with all his might, but when the batter least expects it the ptich will come toward the plate with a greatly reduced speed even though it looks like a fastball. He will swing away and look like a complete fool because he swung too early.

This text shows us what a fastball looks like when Jesus is pitching.

The game was not going very well.  It looked like we were going to be beaten badly.  The score read this way, God’s redeemed-Dead in sins and transgressions.

The enemy had every reason to think the game was over and they were going to win.  The record not only said they were dead, but they had done everythign they could and then some to earn that sentence of justice declaring them dead.  Everythign about their life up to this point indicated they wanted nothing to do with God and they were already signing up to jon the other side. It even looked they were going to be traded by the owner of team heaven, they were under the wrath of God, why would God want anything to do with them now.  Yes sir, the score looked very bleak in deed.

We cared nothing for the things of God and loved the things that God hated.

The ninth inning was coming up and things were looking hopeless.  What was up God’s sleeve, so to speak, to rescue his redeemed?  Tune in tomorrow to see what begins to transpire in the Greatest Change Up in History.

Enjoying every moment of this game as it unfolds,

Pastor Phil

take a listen to this song from Shane and Shane they will give you a little hint about the changeup that is coming.

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