Christians will be "conformed to the image of his Son. 1:10 “…to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth.” How can all things be united in Christ? 1 EPHESIANS EPHESIANS 1:1-14 NEXT 2:1-22 HISTORY: The church of Ephesus was the queen city of Asia Minor, situated three miles from the Aegean Sea on the Cayster River, and had a population of about 340,000. The Holy Spirit is a seal and a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance. A child of God receives his love (1 John 3:1). . It is difficult for us to understand a “down here, up there” universe, but we are aware of having relationships and attachments to our political world and also with God in the spiritual world. All Christians are saints (i.e., holy ones) because they are cleansed by blood, dedicated to God, and “set apart” for divine service. ©2021. If we put our hearts into the inspired letter, we will love God more, and live closer to him. But the words take on fuller meaning in the Christian context. _________________________________________. Fruit was laid out on one tray, cheeses and grilled breads on another. Listen to Pastor Robert Furrow as he continues his Commentary on Ephesians picking up today in chapter 1, verse 1. A child of God will share in the glory of the Son (Romans 8:29). “Grace” means favor. It is powerfully motivating for us to walk in love, as Christ also loved us (Ephesians 5:2). . " God’s redemptive blessings are “in conformity with” his good pleasure, his grace, his purpose, and his will. . " 65:25). He is our Father. Ephesians 1:14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of His glory. (1-8) And as conveyed in effectual calling: this is applied to the believing Jews, and to the believing Gentiles. He has done what we never could do on our own (John 3:16; Romans 8:1-3). *The whole earth shall be full of the knowledge of God as waters cover the sea. “Will” indicates the intentions, or desires, that eternally characterized his plan. Almost every piece of hardware has some sort of promise of reliability attached. Guarantee" is a familiar word. He did, however, determine that those who would believe would be saved. God alone is the source of spiritual blessings, and Christ is the only way to access them. 1:12 1 Corinthians 15:1-3). Second, he focuses on thanksgiving and prayer When used of God it refers to the favor bestowed in our interest, which is undeserved. Access date: February 7, 2021. https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1234-praise-the-lord-a-study-of-ephesians-1-1-14. The source of spiritual life is God, our heavenly Father. Having looked into “eternity past,” and considered some things about the redemptive present, Paul gives a glimpse of the “redemptive future.”. An overview of the book by sections: I. There are parallel passages in Ephesians and Colossians. Christ is here identified as the “Lord.” Paul reminds his readers of the deity of Jesus (cf. We are appointed to live for His glory. He made known to us His plan to unite all things in Christ. kata; vv. The Lord reveals to us that heaven is forever. “God so loved” that he chose to provide a way of salvation by giving his only Son. Two days before, they started food preparation, searing and pre-cooking. Does God enjoy this work of carrying out a plan for the ages? It contains the idea of the payment of a ransom. This book can be divided into two parts: in the first three Ephesians 1 New King James Version (NKJV) Greeting 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, this blessing provides the structure for the entirety of the passage. "Praise the Lord - A Study of Ephesians 1:1-14." . " “Forgiveness” means “to send away.” God sends away our trespasses by the blood of Christ. You will find the Trinity represented several more times in Ephesians. Listen to Pastor Robert Furrow as he continues his Commentary on Ephesians picking up today in chapter 1, verse 1. Paul When we, by faith, access God’s grace, we are forgiven and redeemed (1:7). (Romans 8:29). (9-14) The apostle thanks God for their faith and love, and prays for the continuance of their knowledge and hope, with respect to the heavenly … ICor.15:24–28 i. The book of Ephesians is about the church — the eternal purpose of God in Christ. The chefs loved what they were doing. The knowledge of his saving plan — as revealed in the Christian dispensation — should not go unappreciated. . Ephesians 1:18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will Job 1:6–12; 2:1–6 gives us more information,although in a different context. Romans 5:8). 1:2 “with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies”  or heavenly places. It is just like those logs. So really, it should all be looked at in one piece. 1:13–14 “In Him…you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, which is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it”. " Ephesians 1:14. who (this is the Holy Spirit) is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. John 1:12). Grilled vegetables were laid around a Caesar salad. God blesses us “in Christ.” He chose us “in him.” He adopted us “through Jesus Christ.” God’s grace is given “in the Beloved.” Redemption is “in him.” Forgiveness of sins is “in him.” God’s purpose is “in him.” Salvation is “in him.”. The righteous, Jesus says, shall go away into “eternal life” (Matthew 25:46). *"...and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword again nation, neither shall they learn war any more." The book of Ephesians is about the church — the eternal purpose of God in Christ. The condition of believers is fitted to excite the profoundest emotions of gratitude and praise in all who know them. “…He was destined before the foundation of the world....” as the Lamb. I want to believe that I have a part in my salvation. And it was a delight. . Grace is not, however, unconditional. 1:1–2 Paul is an apostle, a sent-one, by the will of God, to saints at Ephesus, who are also faithful in Christ Jesus. Our role in becoming God’s children is small, we just do not know how small. It literally means “to know before,” being a compound term (pro, before, ginosko, to know – Vine, p. 459). . Salvation is mine to keep or lose. Redemption through 1:1 “…that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.” (3:10) See Ephesians 1:13 (printed below) Note, also, 1 Peter 2:9-10 (printed below) …we were allotted to him, (having been predestined in accordance with the purpose of him who causes all things to work for the sake of his own plan), (12) in order that we, who previously hoped in Christ, should be for the praise of his glory. What about my children and my poor relatives? "For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of his glory. The carnivores will become herbivores once again. Together, the faithful are his body, the church (1:22-23). It is from “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus” (1:1). Our part and His. ICor.15:53 “Redemption” means deliverance or release. We have peace with God and remain in his grace when we are justified through obedience to the gospel (Romans 5:1; 1:5,16). Uniting the broken. The sentence says "Blessed be God...who has blessed us in Christ". But Christ exercised his own freewill in the redemptive plan (John 10:17-18; Galatians 1:4). Ephesians 1:3–14 The Reformed tradition has maintained the importance of the doctrine of predestination, but it has also cautioned us to speak about this matter with great care. . What God has made known to us is so wonderful. The reuniting will then be complete. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (1:3). The word translated “foreordained” (ASV) or “predestined” (KJV, et al.) Ephesians 1, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary was originally compiled by priest and biblical scholar Rev. 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