Ephesians Chapter 1

April 19, 2013

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on Ephesians. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Ephesians 1:1-23 (NIV)
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 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. 4 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 to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will– 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment–to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. 11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory. 15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Ephesians 1:1-2

Paul writes to the church in Ephesus while he is under house arrest in Rome approximately AD 62 or 63. In this letter he teaches them about how to nurture and maintain the unity of the church. As Paul writes this letter, he has been a Christian for thirty years. He has taken three missionary journeys and started numerous churches. Paul first visited Ephesus on his second missionary journey (Acts 18:19-21) and then stayed there for three years during his third missionary journey (Acts 19).

Ephesians 1:3-14

In these verses Paul looks at the work of each of the persons of the trinity.

God the Father, in eternity past, chose us in Christ to be holy and blameless. He chose us to be adopted as sons, pouring out His grace on us in Christ. God the Son, in history past, redeemed us through His blood, bringing us forgiveness and lavishing on us gifts of wisdom and understanding. Even now we are “included in Christ,” and looking forward to the complete fulfillment of God’s plan and the glory that fulfillment holds for us. Now too we have been sealed by God’s gift of the Holy Spirit, the living guarantee of our inheritance to come.

How amazing. You and I have been the focus of the movement of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit from before the creation of the universe. Each person of the Trinity or Godhead has been involved in bringing us the grace in which we now live. You need to allow this truth to sink deeply into your soul. You need to realize how much you matter to God, how much a focus of the energies of God you have been to have you redeemed in Christ. You make a difference, you count, you have purpose, and with God’s Spirit present in us we have the power to live for Him in this fallen world and broken planet.

Ephesians 1:15-21

Knowing who we are in Christ, allows us to experience a full life now and forever in Him. We have a new identity, we are “saints” and we can experience “His incomparably great power for us who believe.” His power, the power which raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him at the right hand of the Father, is available to us. In this power we live and move as the body of Christ here on earth, with Jesus as the head. The church is a living organism over which Christ is he living head.

Ephesians 1:22-23

Christ fills the church with gifts and blessings. The church should be the full expression of Christ. Each member is involved with all the others as they go about doing Christ’s work on earth.

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