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Today I’m kicking off a blog series on Ephesians. The main change is I’m not going to spend a post on one verse. We’re going to delve into each chapter and learn about Jesus.
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Spiritual Blessings in Christ
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth,the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
What’s super cool about Ephesians 1: 1-16 is how the whole gospel is right here.
What do we see about God in this passage?
God chose us before we were born, before the earth was formed, before we even knew ourselves.
He chose us so that “we should be holy and blameless before him”. We’ve broken God’s perfect will and apart from Jesus are ANYTHING but holy and blameless. But God chose us to save us from our total, utter deadness so that we could live for Him.
He loves us. He adopted us through his grace which we see in Christ’s death at the cross.
He’s redeemed and forgiven us. Because He loves us so much. Not because we’re awesome.
As chosen children of God, God’s given us an inheritance: Heaven.
The Holy Spirit lives in every single Christian, and He is the promise of this inheritance.
It’s crazy: God CHOSE all Christians before the earth was formed. To think that our name would cross the King of everything’s mind is pretty amazing. But he’s chosen, adopted, and saved us. He sent his Son to die a murderer’s death to save who? God-haters.
It’s not like we loved God and he wanted to love us back because we’re so awesome.
No. We hated God. Apart from God saving us, we’re the very ones who’d spit at Jesus, mock, even kill him beside two common criminals.
But God loved us with such an awesome love that though we hated him, he chose us, he sent his Son to the earth, not to become an earthly King and punish us (like we deserved), but go to a cross and take our punishment. Because He loves us.
we get to glorify God,
and to enjoy him forever.
We’re set free, not to keep on sinning, but to live for Jesus. To love others, to obey his commands, to follow, and glorify him.
Because this is what we’re made for and this is the only thing that will truly satisfy us – glorifying God forever.