Ephesians 1:13 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”
Hello readers, new blog today. I hope you had a great week! We’ve had a wet, cold spring, but today the sun is out and beaming down! Today I will be continuing in the book of Ephesians, and it’s going to be short but sweet hopefully. My blog is called “the you too gospel”, because the gospel of Jesus Christ is for you too. It’s for you as well. Doesn’t matter who you are, where you are, how you are… you too need to be saved, you too must be saved, but you too can be saved. It’s not for someone else, it’s for “ye also”.
This book is incredible, it keeps on giving, and it’s hard to know what to hone in on in all honesty. But things have stood out to me as I’ve read and reread this book. And I’ve found rereading has really helped, as there’s so much here and I miss so much if I just go through once. And as you read again and again, you get context, and are able to place what’s being said within the greater context of the entire epistle.
I was going to do a blog on “praise”, because I had thought about how praise was mentioned twice in this first chapter, and both times it’s saying “to his praise”, note: not to ours. Our salvation and walk with God is to the praise of Jesus Christ, not ourselves. Because how often we want the praise when Jesus Christ alone is worthy of praise. There’s a lot of praiseworthy stuff he’s done for each one of us, beginning with the salvation he freely gives us that was conceived and provided for before we were ever born.
What love God has shown to us! That’s why we praise him. You know, Jesus Christ didn’t just die for those who believed, he died for those who will never believe and trust him, as the Bible says in another scripture “who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.” That’s a praiseworthy Saviour, and so I don’t want to try and steal any praise and glory off Jesus Christ, because whatever crown I may have or get, I cast it before him, because he alone is worthy.
But today I want to talk about the verse quoted above, and to focus on and think about two words from it, which are “ye also”. “In whom ye also trusted…” because guess what, the gospel of Jesus Christ is for “ye also”. It’s for you as well. It’s for you too. It’s for every single person on this planet. Anyone can be saved, God has given you the light and grace to do so. If you go to hell, it won’t be God’s failure and impotence and indifference to redeem, it will be your rejection of Jesus Christ.
“In whom ye also trusted” see, trust is not beyond you. Maybe you think “Christianity is not for me”, and maybe it isn’t. I don’t know what Christianity you’ve seen, but look to the Saviour, because the book of Ephesians points us all to and exalts the Lord Jesus Christ alone. You are capable of trusting in Christ. You should trust him, you can trust him, but will you trust him?
And my trust isn’t trust for you, neither yours for me… we all must place trust in him ourselves for ourselves… ye also. Ye is different to you, because ye applies to anyone who is reading about the Lord Jesus Christ in his book, the book of life… because there is no limit on who can be saved, as the Bible talks about whosoever, and every man, and all men, you, we, they, them… trust Jesus Christ whoever you are. You are without excuse.
Maybe you’re not the trusting type. Well the thing is, everyone has trust, it’s just who, what, where you put it. Without Christ you’re trusting an awful lot of things. But your trust is misplaced, because you’re trusting who and what is untrustworthy, while refusing to trust in the one person who we can have utmost confidence in… Jesus Christ. Because the next phrase is “after that ye heard the word of truth,” because that’s what and you can trust in Christ. Because we have God’s word, and it is the truth. Bank on it.
So when you also trust him, like I do, and want to do, and many before me have, know that you’re trusting someone that has never lied, and will never lie to you. God doesn’t change his word, he won’t change the deal, he won’t alter his promises. And what he has said won’t get lost in the sands of time. And know that you’re trusting someone who is willing and able to redeem and forgive and save and glorify you. Have confidence in who you are trusting in, and then you can praise him as we mentioned earlier, because someone that you can truly trust your soul with is very praiseworthy thing to have and hold on to.
What I loved was how this verse personalizes the salvation experience “the gospel of your salvation”. Your salvation. It’s for you. You’ve been given it. I can’t deny it you, Satan wants to deny you it, but God has given you it. So why let someone take your salvation away from you? Why let Satan and this world or fake friends deny you forgiveness of sins and eternal life? Why let you prevent you from getting saved? But until you trust God, it’s not your salvation yet, because you haven’t received what God has given you, because you receive the promise by faith.
But what we have seen here is how wonderfully personal God is, and salvation is, because you have here a “ye also”, then “ye heard” then “your salvation”. Yeah, it’s for you. This Bible, this truth… it concerns you. Not someone else… you. It’s for you also.
Man, people are hunting for truth, or so they say… well this is the truth. We used to say “God’s honest truth” and it is that Jesus Christ died on the cross to save you from your sins. It is true that he loves you and will forgive you of your sins. It is true that he will redeem you, bless you, glorify you. It’s so true that it talks about glorification in past tense, like what is going to happen has already happened, because God’s word is so sure.
We are just at the beginning of our salvation. For many people their best years are already behind them, they’re living “their best life now”… but we have the ages to come. The future belongs to the sons of God. For you too. It’s yours, its not just for a special select group somewhere out there which you are not elite enough to be part of. It’s for you and ye, whoever, however many read this, doesn’t matter country, culture, colour… because it’s a “ye also” gospel.
And think about it, it wouldn’t be gospel if it wasn’t a “ye also”… because the gospel of Jesus Christ is an invitation to believe and a call to be saved. Answer God’s call? He’s calling you in Christ Jesus. He’s extending mercy and grace to you in his Son Jesus Christ “but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ”.
See how belief is in a person, as it says “in whom”. We believe in Jesus Christ. We don’t believe in anything else. We don’t believe in ourselves. We don’t believe in how good we are. We don’t believe in our church attendance. We don’t believe in the lies of the devil and this world. We believe in Christ.
So we see a “ye trusted” after “ye heard” and after “ye believed” then “ye were sealed”. Ye, ye, ye… remember Jesus said ye must be born again. If you think about it, “ye also” is why we have the Bible. All those stories, is that just for them? Is it not for “ye also?” And ye also makes a demand on every single person that hears, nobody is doing their own thing, Jesus Christ is not superfluous to any human beings requirement. Every single person needs to be saved. When it’s for you also, that also means that you will be accountable for what was yours also.
So I hope that you realize that the gospel of Jesus Christ is for you too. It’s a you too message. Hey, you there? You too! You? You too! You over there? You as well. Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world. Don’t let it go in vain. He didn’t die in vain, but you might well. Don’t miss out all because you were suspicious, dismissive, callous and negligent towards the gospel of your salvation. The person you hurt most is you when you reject your own salvation. To throw your own salvation away is madness. Please believe the “you too” gospel of Jesus Christ.
Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)