Ephesians 1:1-14 – Every Spiritual Blessing RG 03-30-2016

Review of Last Week’s Discussion Points

The Passion Week

  • It was Jesus Passion to go to the cross; to set right the sins of the people; and to fulfill the plans of His Father
  • All of the events of this week were planned before time began; were prophesied and lived out in time; and will last for all time.
  • With all the pain and agony of this week scripture tells us Heb 12:2 for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God

Heb 12: 1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.

Introduction:

  • Ephesians is written Paul the Apostle from a roman prison about AD 60. Ephesians is one of four New Testament writings called the prison epistles.  The other three are Colossians, Philippians and Philemon all written around the same time.
  • These books were meant to be shared with other churches in the area of Asia Minor.
  • Ephesus was capitol city of the Roman province of Asia, It was a major trading center and sea port, and it was the center of worship for the goddess Diana because the temple of Diana was located there.
  • The city was sophisticated and wealthy by most standards and very pagan / worldy.
  • Paul’s purpose in writing is to remind Christians of all that God has done to bring them into His Kingdom and how we should respond in faith and then live out that faith in the Body of Christ.

 Leading Question/s:

Have you ever been accused of something you did not do?

Have you ever received punishment for something you did not do?

You can read of Paul’s arrest in Jerusalem and the journey that brought him to house arrest in Rome in Acts 21-28.  Paul writes this letter to the Ephesians while he is imprisoned in Rome.

 

Background:

From Saul of Tarsus to Paul an Apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God

Paul’s Personal Conversion story is told 4 times in the book of acts and we will see his personal experience with Christ affect his understanding of how God interacts with man reflected in this first chapter of Ephesians.

Please read Paul’s conversion story: Acts 9:1-19

God’s Word to Us Today – Ephesians 1:1-14 – Every Spiritual Blessing

1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,

To the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight 9 He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him 10 with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him 11 also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, 12 to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 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.

 

Questions:

Intro:

Vs 1

  • How did Paul become an Apostle of Jesus Christ?
  • What is a Saint?

Vs 2

  • What is Grace (Charis)?
  • What kind of Peace? See also Romans 5:1

 

Vs 3-14

Who are the three main characters of vs 1-14?            ___________  ___________  __________

 

What 4 things has the Father done? see vs 3-5

 

What 4 things has Christ done? See vs 6-11

 

What is the work of the Holy Spirit? See vs 13-14

 

What is God’s purpose in all these things? See vs 6, 12, 14

 

What word is repeated 3 times in vs 2-7

 

What prompted God to do all these things for us?

 

List the three steps to salvation listed in vs 13.

1

2

3

 

Principles / Eternal Truth’s:

  1. God in the counsel of His own will, before time began, initiated His unilateral plan of Redemption for mankind.
  2. All three members of the God Head are in agreement and play active roles in our salvation and Redemption.
  3. God brought us into relationship by the sovereign act of His grace and for His own Glory.
  4. If we have come to saving faith in Jesus Christ as savior, redeemer and Lord we have received, are receiving and will receive every Spiritual Blessing in Christ.
  5. In the fullness of time we will receive the final redemption of our bodies and an eternal inheritance with God in Heaven

 

Application – Our proper response, Behavior, Attitude based on this Eternal Truth:

This week identify actions you will take to respond to these wonderful truths about what God has done for you.