To The Faithful In Christ Jesus…
The Apostle Paul begins most, if not all, of his letters to various townships in a very strong tone. Not strong like a bull strong, but Strong in the Lord, strong in the Power of the Holy Spirit, Powerful in the Authority of Jesus Christ of who is an Apostle.
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, ~ Ephesians 1:1a KJB
What stands out is the phrase “by the will of God”. That is powerful, confident and 100% assured of his Christ Identity. Paul leaves no room for who he is and what he is and why he is doing what he is doing. There is zero room for question or doubt.
to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: ~ Ephesians 1:1b,c KJB
The opening of this letter to the Ephesians makes it exceedingly clear who is being addressed and in doing so, kinda puts them on notice as to the importance of what is coming.
What if we spoke in this same type, same level and same confidence in our Christ Identity as Paul? Would people see as being a “bully”, “self-serving” or would they see and hear the Authority of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?
grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. ~ Ephesians 1:2 KJB
As Ambassadors of the Kingdom of God, in the name of Jesus Christ would we not, should we not have the appropriate disposition to speak in the Authority of Jesus Christ? Is He not our Lord, is He not who fills us with His power, His strength and His voice?
We either believe this or we don’t. We either walk in the Authority of Jesus Christ or we don’t. We are either saved, redeemed and born again or we are not.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of God, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.