Ephesians 3:12 says, Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. The Greek word for boldness in the original text means freedom of speech. Paul is saying that we can come to God in prayer, regardless of our ethnicity, our deeds, our gender, our 'worthiness' (or lack of it), because Jesus has made a way for us to approach God through his death and resurrection. It's like God was on one side of a chasm and we were on the other, with no way across. But Jesus bridges the gap. How awesome is it that we can approach God, the creator of the universe, boldly and confidently!
NOTE: The image below is a great way to explain to people what God has done for you.
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Ephesians 3:10-11 says, God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. I must have read this passage hundreds of times without stopping to think about what it means. God has made his infinite wisdom known to people through his Word, the Bible. He used his people, the Church, to share this infinite wisdom with the angels. I had never stopped to think about how God shared his plans for the world with the angels. They witness the undeserved grace of God at work in our lives, and that is how they learned about God's secret plan. Interesting.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.