We are to live worthy of our calling, and so, as being part of God’s new community, the first, important outcome is to live and serve together in unity.
Paul calls us to pray for the grace and power needed to live out our new identity (which is the subject of his teaching in chapters 4-6.)
The new community that we are a part of (the Church) is a living organism – the Body of Christ
The miracle of Easter is the most important truth you will ever believe!
Why did Jesus suffer?
The King who entered Jerusalem on a donkey will one day return in power and great glory.
What we are by nature is dire, but God in His grace saves us out of the condemnation and slavery of sin, and gives us new life.
The man beside the pool 38 years was helpless until he turned to look at Jesus.
Paul prays that we grow in our experience of His power, our assurance of our hope, and awareness of our new identity as being God’s inheritance!
Our identity in Christ is further seen in both the present and future aspects of our salvation – grace experienced now, and future grace guaranteed.