You’re Not My Real Dad

Sermon by Trent Shoemake

Ephesians 1:3-6
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. 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 for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

Predestined – To decide upon beforehand. Predetermine.

Ephesians 2:1-3
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 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. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

“You can’t tell me what to do, because I don’t belong to you.”

Through = Jesus makes adoption possible. There is no way it can happen without him. He is the holy and blameless one. We can’t become holy and blameless unless we take his holiness and blamelessness as our own and he takes our unholiness and blameworthiness as his own. (double impartation)