Paul has just explained Godís wonderful plans for his people, both from Israel (11:26) and from every nation (8:18-21). God is bringing them together (Ephesians 2:11-18) to be his children, a holy nation of people who truly love God. In the New Jerusalem, they will live in peace with God always (Revelation 22:1-5).
It astonishes us to remember that these same people were once Godís enemies (5:10; 11:28). We have all offended God by our wrong actions and evil deeds (3:9-23). However, God in his great love sent his Son to suffer our punishment (5:6-8). When we trust God, God forgives us because of the death of Christ.
That is an act of such great kindness that it seems almost impossible to believe. However by his word, the good news called the gospel, God really has made it possible for us to believe him (10:17). We believe and trust God; and he carries out this wonderful change in our lives (2 Corinthians 5:17).
In this matter, God has shown his wisdom to be so much greater than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). He is doing something that the greatest people in this world could not even imagine (1 Corinthians 2:6-10). Without the aid of Godís Spirit, people cannot even understand these things. However, God has placed his Spirit in the lives of his people (8:14). By the power of Godís Spirit, they can know these things (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). With the help of Godís Spirit, they can therefore live as Godís children, even in this evil world (12:1-2).
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