(1) Walk Thru The Word: Ephesians 1: 1-6 (ESV)

1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:

2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

(2) Walk Thru The Word: Ephesians 1: 7-14 (ESV)

7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

11In 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, 12so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13In 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, 14who is the guaranteed of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

(3) Message map Ephesians 1: 7 – 14

Ephesians lesson #2

We Are Predestined To Be Adopted For The Praise Of His Glory” (part 2)

  • Eph 1: 7-9 7redemption that forgives our trespasses through Christ’s blood is a mystery of grace, 8lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight
  • Eph 1: 9-10 9God’s purpose, was set forth in Christ 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in heaven and earth.
  • Eph 1: 11 11we were predestined to obtain an inheritance, by him who works all things according to the counsel of his will
  • Eph 1: 12-14 12Both The Apostles who were the first to hope in Christ and we 13also who Believe the gospel truth, of salvation, are sealed with the Holy Spirit, 14to the praise of God’s glory.

OUTLINE:

  1. Doctrinal, Chapters 1 — 3

The heavenly calling of the church (vocalization)

  1. The church is a BODY, Chapter 1
  2. Introduction, vv. 1, 2
  3. God the Father planned the church, vv. 3-6

“A body hast thou prepared me” (Hebrews 10:5)

  1. God the Son paid the price for the church, vv. 7-12 “Redemption through his blood” (v. 7)
  2. God the Holy Spirit protects the church, vv. 13, 14 “By one Spirit we were all baptized into one body” (1 Corinthians 12:13)
  3. Prayer for knowledge and power, vv. 15-23
  4. The church is a TEMPLE, Chapter 2
  5. The material for construction, vv. 1-10

Those “dead in trespasses” (v. 1) are made into a living temple

  1. The method of construction, vv. 11-18
  2. The meaning of the construction (quo animo), vv. 19-22

“Groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord” (v. 21)

  1. The church is a MYSTERY, Chapter 3
  2. The explanation of the mystery, vv. 1-4 Not revealed in the Old Testament
  3. The definition of the mystery, vv. 5-13

Jews and Gentiles are partakers of the same body — the church

  1. Prayer for power and knowledge, vv. 14-21

“Strengthened with might” (v. 16) and “to know the love of Christ” (v. 19)

  1. Practical, Chapters 4 — 6

The earthly conduct of the church (vocation)

  1. The church is a NEW MAN, Chapter 4
  2. The exhibition of the new man, vv. 1-6 “Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit” (v.
  3. The inhibition of the new man, vv. 7-16

“No more children” (v. 14); “grow up into him” (v. 15); “perfect man” (v. 13)

  1. The prohibition of the new man, vv. 17-32

“Walk not as other Gentiles walk” (v. 17); “be ye kind one to another” (v. 32)

  1. The church will be a BRIDE, Chapter 5
  2. The engagement of the church, vv. 1-17

“For I have espoused you to one husband that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:2)

  1. The experience of the church, vv. 18-24 “Be filled with the Spirit” (v. 18)
  2. The expectation of the church, vv. 25-33

“That he might present it to himself a glorious church” (v. 27)

  1. The church is a SOLDIER, Chapter 6
  2. The soldier’s relationships, vv. 1-9

“No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life” (2 Timothy 2:4)

  1. The soldier’s enemy, vv. 10-12 “The wiles of the devil” (v. 11)
  2. The soldier’s protection, vv. 13-18 “The whole armor of God” (v. 13)
  3. The soldier’s example — Paul, a good soldier of Jesus Christ, vv. 19-22
  4. The soldier’s benediction, vv. 23, 24

(4) Eph 1: 7-8 7Redemption that forgives our trespasses through Christ’s blood is a mystery of grace, lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight

7In him we have redemption (release/deliverance effected by payment of ransom) through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches (abundance) of his grace (the gift brought to man by Jesus Christ, Who leans toward us, disposed to bless), 8which he lavished (exceeded what was necessary) upon us, in all wisdom (divinely artful sophistication, God’s supreme intelligence) and insight

God’s good-pleasure provides satisfaction, happiness and soul-satisfying delight to men.

(5) Eph 1: 9-10 9God’s purpose, was set forth in Christ 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in heaven and earth.

9making known to us the mystery (a secret, o, known only by initiation into the counsels of God by receiving Christ’s

Gospel and some fact of Christian revelation, particular truths or details of the Christian revelation.) of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ

  1. The church is a MYSTERY, Chapter 3
  2. The explanation of the mystery, vv. 1-4 Not revealed in the Old Testament
  3. The definition of the mystery, vv. 5-13

10as a plan for the fullness (the most fitting & opportune season, occasion or time— to referring to things “coming to a head” to take full-advantage) of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

Eph 1:10 & Gal 4:4 — “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law” (Galatians 4:4).

(6) Eph 1: 10 Christ came 10as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in heaven and earth.

10Christ came as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

Eph 1:10 & Gal 4:4 — “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law” (Galatians 4:4).

This verse declares that God the Father sent His Son when “the time had fully come.”

-There were many things occurring at the time of the first century that, at least by human reasoning, seem to make it ideal for Christ to come then.

(the most fitting & opportune season, occasion or time— to referring to things “coming to a head” to take full-advantage)

“But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law” (Galatians 4:4). This verse declares that God the Father sent His Son when “the time had fully come.” There were many things occurring at the time of the first century that, at least by human reasoning, seem to make it ideal for Christ to come then.

1) There was a great anticipation among the Jews of that time that the Messiah would come. The Roman rule over Israel made the Jews hungry for the Messiah’s coming.

2) Rome had unified much of the world under its government, giving a sense of unity to the various lands. Also, because the empire was relatively peaceful, travel was possible, allowing the early Christians to spread the gospel. Such freedom to travel would have been impossible in other eras.

3) While Rome had conquered militarily, Greece had conquered culturally. A “common” form of the Greek language (different from classical Greek) was the trade language and was spoken throughout the empire, making it possible to communicate the gospel to many different people groups through one common language.

4) The fact that the many false idols had failed to give them victory over the Roman conquerors caused many to abandon the worship of those idols. At the same time, in the more “cultured” cities, the Greek philosophy and science of the time left others spiritually empty in the same way that the atheism of communist governments leaves a spiritual void today.

5) The mystery religions of the time emphasized a savior-god and required worshipers to offer bloody sacrifices, thus making the gospel of Christ which involved one ultimate sacrifice believable to them. The Greeks also believed in the immortality of the soul (but not of the body).

6) The Roman army recruited soldiers from among the provinces, introducing these men to Roman culture and to ideas (such as the gospel) that had not reached those outlying provinces yet. The earliest introduction of the gospel to Britain was the result of the efforts of Christian soldiers stationed there.

The above statements are based on men looking at that time and speculating about why that particular point in history was a good time for Christ to come. But we understand that God’s ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8), and these may or may not have been some reasons for why He chose that particular time to send His Son. From the context of Galatians 3 and 4, it is evident that God sought to lay a foundation through the Jewish Law that would prepare for the coming of the Messiah. The Law was meant to help people understand the depth of their sinfulness (in that they were incapable of keeping the Law) so that they might more readily accept the cure for that sin through Jesus the Messiah (Galatians 3:22-23; Romans 3:19-20). The Law was also “put in charge” (Galatians 3:24) to lead people to Jesus as the Messiah. It did this through its many prophecies concerning the Messiah which Jesus fulfilled. Add to this the sacrificial system that pointed to the need for a sacrifice for sin as well as its own inadequacy (with each sacrifice always requiring later additional ones). Old Testament history also painted pictures of the person and work of Christ through several events and religious feasts (such as the willingness of Abraham to offer up Isaac, or the details of the Passover during the exodus from Egypt, etc.).

Finally, Christ came when He did in fulfillment of specific prophecy. Daniel 9:24-27 speaks of the “seventy weeks” or the seventy “sevens.” From the context, these “weeks” or “sevens” refer to groups of seven years, not seven days. We can examine history and line up the details of the first sixty-nine weeks (the seventieth week will take place at a future point). The countdown of the seventy weeks begins with “the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem” (verse 25). This command was given by Artaxerxes Longimanus in 445 B.C. (see Nehemiah 2:5). After seven “sevens” plus 62 “sevens,” or 69 x 7 years, the prophecy states, “the Anointed One will be cut off and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary” and that the “end will come like a flood” (meaning major destruction) (v. 26). Here we have an unmistakable reference to the Savior’s death on the cross. A century ago in his book The Coming Prince, Sir Robert Anderson gave detailed calculations of the sixty-nine weeks, using ‘prophetic years,’ allowing for leap years, errors in the calendar, the change from B.C. to A.D., etc., and figured that the sixty-nine weeks ended on the very day of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, five days before His death. Whether one uses this timetable or not, the point is that the timing of Christ’s incarnation ties in with this detailed prophecy recorded by Daniel over five hundred years beforehand.

The timing of Christ’s incarnation was such that the people of that time were prepared for His coming. The people of every century since then have more than sufficient evidence that Jesus was indeed the promised Messiah through His fulfillment of the Scriptures that pictured and prophesied His coming in great detail.

Recommended Resource: Jesus: The Greatest Life of All by Charles Swindoll

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(7) Eph 1: 10 God’s Plan Is To Unite All Things In Heaven & Earth In Christ

10as a plan for the fullness of time, to Unite ((concur; to act in concert. All parties united in petitioning for a repeal of the law. 2. To coalesce; to be cemented or consolidated; to combine; as, bodies unite by attraction or affinity. coalesce)”in the realm (sphere) of,” as in the condition (state) in which something operates from the inside (within).) all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

KJV – he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth;

NAS – the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.

NLT – he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth

To be united in Christ means

  1. that with which a person is surrounded, equipped, furnished, assisted, or acts (Winers Grammar, 48, a. 1 b.)
  2. all things will be gathered up and summed up, to answer to Christ
  3. Because Christ is Creator and Controller of the universe, all will bow to Him as the head as the “organizing center,” Who causes all the parts to work together in harmony.

Colossians 1:16 For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him.

Colossians 1:20 and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through the blood of His cross.

Ephesians 2:14-16 14For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has torn down the dividing wall of hostility 15by abolishing in His flesh the law of commandments and decrees. He did this to create in Himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace 16and reconciling both of them to God in one body through the cross, by which He extinguished their hostility.…

EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW

Romans 14:11 It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.'”

Philippians 2:10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

Isaiah 45:23-24 By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.

(8) Eph 1: 11 — 11we were predestined to obtain an inheritance, by him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.

11In him we have obtained an inheritance (assigned portion, generally provided upon the death of a beneficiary), having been predestined (marked out beforehand.) according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,

Being marked out by God is a great place to be because you avoid judgement.  In Rev 9 the Locusts of Judgement are told not harm those with God’s seal on their foreheads.  The seal, those marked out beforehand, [recluses us, exonerates, protects us from God’s judgement.

“The phrase “according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,” means God “purposefully arranges all physical circumstances to guarantees every scene of life works to His eternal purpose!”

(9) Eph 1: 12-14 12Both The Apostles who were the first to hope in Christ and we13also who Believe the gospel truth of salvation, are sealed with the Holy Spirit,

12so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed (To fix a mark of authenticity that confirms and ratifies membership with the full security, authority and backing of the owner. Sealing” in the ancient world served as a “legal signature” attesting to its authenticity that guaranteed the promise of what was sealed.) with the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is the guarantee (advanced security payment, with the whole will be paid afterwards.) of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,  to the praise of his glory.

(10) Eph 1: 6, 12 & 14 Our Salvation is The Triumphant coordinated work of The Trinity

The phrase “to the praise (commendation) of his glory (honor & renown;)” is provided three times in Eph 1: 1-14.

Vs. 6 — it is used in reference to God “to the praise of his glorious grace

Vs. 12 — it is used in reference to Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

Vs. 14 it is used in reference to the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee (advanced security payment) of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. to the praise of his glory.

 (11) Let’s Pray that God ReAwakens, ReInvigorates & ReEstablish Us in Our Calls In Christ!

 Let’s Pray:

Give us the wisdom to think Your thoughts so we can see as You see!

God grant us the grace to see that Your Will is better for us than our will. 

By your mercy, let us be able to walk and live to the praise of Your glory!