PAUL’S AFFIRMATION TO THE EPHESIAN CHURCH IN CHRIST THEY HAD…
Ephesians 1: 1-14 ..God has taken us to the high places of blessing in Christ!
1. Complete Blessings, v1-3
Blessed “US” – The Saints in Ephesus, faithful in Christ, and Paul & all believers!
Blessed us with “EVERY” (all kinds of) blessing that the Spirit bestows!
Blessed by “GOD and FATHER” of our Lord Jesus – from first to last!
Blessed us in “heavenly places.” (This is why Paul offered grateful praise to the Lord. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Paul’s thanksgiving was for what the Father has given to us: “who has blessed us.” Notice, the verb is in the past tense-this has already happened. What is it that has already been given to us? It is “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” Think about it. This truth is staggering in its implications. Every grace resource that heaven has to offer is already ours here on earth.
2. Complete Salvation, v4-8
Lavish grace of God, v8 – excessive, luxurious, extravagant; undeserved favor and gift
The strong will of God, v4-5 He chose us before creation, predestined us, in accordance to His pleasure and will!
Adoption of God. To be holy and blameless in His sight; to be His sons and daughters. Redeemed, Forgiven! “Grace” means favor. When used of God it refers to the favor bestowed in our interest, which is undeserved. God is praiseworthy because of His grace (bestowed freely, but not unconditionally). This favor is priceless and saving. If God were not gracious, we would have no hope.
3. Complete Purpose, v9-12
The mystery of His Will: v9 He made known. To us His pleasure… Also v8b.
Purpose attached to Christ, v9b to bring all things together under Christ.
He works out His plan, v11. scheduled fulfillment, v10.
For the praise of His glory! – God deserves all the glory! (As children of God, we are sojourners on earth, but we are citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20). We acknowledge the existence of spiritual realities, spiritual influences, and spiritual goals. Life is more than the physical. The spiritual realm is the place in which God gives all spiritual blessings. It is the domain of Christ’s kingdom and God’s eternal purpose. It is the essence of life).
4. Complete Assurance, v13-14
Included in Christ – by hearing and believing.
Marked with Christ – having believed, sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise.
Guaranteed inheritance – until the final redemption day!
God’s possession (you and I) would have received God’s promised inheritance! Praise God! He is our Father. He adopted us, chose us, freely bestowed his grace on us, redeemed us, and forgave our sins; he revealed his will to us, saved us, confirmed his promises to us, and possesses us — in Christ, who gave himself for our sins. When we contemplate who God is, what He has done, and what we will be, we will know exactly what we should praise.
Praise Him from whom all blessings flow, and walk every day according to the calling of the gospel of the Son of God!
AND STILL – MORE ARE COMING!!