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Ephesians 1

Posted on by John Chiarello

EPHESIANS- INTRO- CHAPTER 1

 

Ephesians 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

 

Ephesians 1- Intro.

https://youtu.be/6R_QugaoG74

https://vimeo.com/244832266

http://ccoutreach87.com/11-21-17-ephesians-intro-chapter-1/

http://ccoutreach87.com/11-21-17-ephesians-intro-chapter-1-2/ 

 

ON VIDEO-

.Butterfly

.Background on the city of Ephesus

.Sovereignty

.Paul’s prayer

.Plymouth Rock

.Mayflower

.Jamestown

.Puritans

.Reformation

.Church of England

.Some history of the Puritans and their rejection of the Church of England [Anglican] keeping some of the High Church practices of the Catholic Church

 

 

NEW- [Notes- corrections? Below]

 

Intro- Ephesus was the capitol city of the Roman province of Asia- it was one of the top cities of the day [Like Rome- Corinth- Alexandria- etc].

It was a major commercial center because of a port to the Aegean sea- [Now silted up]

 

And if you remember my Acts study- the famous temple of Diana was located there- which was considered to be one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world- https://ccoutreach87.com/2017/08/09/acts-19/ 

 

 Paul spent more than 2 years there and he probably penned this letter while sitting in jail at Rome [House arrest]

I actually just covered the history of this in my study on the book of Acts- so I thought it fitting to now start a new study on the letter the apostle wrote to this Christian community.

 

Chapter 1-

Paul begins the letter acknowledging God’s sovereignty in his own calling-

 

Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

 

His own conversion was an example of God’s choice- God converted Paul that day on the Damascus road- when Paul was on the way to persecute Christians- https://ccoutreach87.com/2017/04/18/acts-9/ 

 

So his own experience is seeing God picking him- not based on his [Paul’s] own choice-

And Paul reminds the believers that is the same choice of God that picked them as well-

Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

The doctrine of predestination is clearly taught in this passage-

It has been a hotly debated doctrine thru out the history of the church-

But it is simply stated in the above passage- God chose us to become his children- before the world was made.

 

Yet- the purpose of God is greater than us- people in time- who have believed-

God’s greater purpose is reconciling all creation to himself thru Christ- who was/is the eternal Logos who himself made all things-

Ephesians 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one ALL THINGS in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

Paul also speaks of this redemption of creation in his letter to the Romans- https://ccoutreach87.com/romans-updated-2015/ [see chapter 8]

 

The scope of what God has done in Christ is difficult to grasp at the start- and the apostle prays that their spiritual eyes might be able to see the bigger picture-

Ephesians 1:15 Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,

Ephesians 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Ephesians 1:19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

Ephesians 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, [facebook- overblog- see here- https://ccoutreach87.com/2017/11/30/ephesians-1/https://ccoutreach87.com/2017/11/30/ephesians-1/ ]

The raising of Jesus from the dead and his ascension to the right hand of the throne of God shows us that ultimate rule and authority are now exercised in the kingdom of God-

A kingdom that is above all others-

Ephesians 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

This authority given to Jesus Christ has also been delegated to us- the body of Christ-

We are the community of people where the Spirit of God resides- Jesus being the head of the church- we being the Body- and all things having been put under his feet- speaks of all authorities being

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