EPHESIANS 1

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Ephesians 1:1-2

RICH!

 

In their commentaries on Ephesians, both John MacArthur and Warren Wiersbe talk about Hetty Green, who was known for a long time as the "America's greatest miser." Worth over $100 million when she died, she would eat cold oatmeal to save heating costs. Her son had a leg amputated because she spent so much time looking for a free clinic. She died after an attack of apoplexy, which was brought on by an argument over the value of skim milk over whole milk. She was for skim milk because it was cheaper.

 

Hetty Green did not enjoy her riches! The Book of Ephesians is the Bible Book that shows us our riches in Christ! Christians need to study this book so they will discover their riches in Christ and how to use them.

We as Christians are often spiritual misers, because we don't use our riches in Christ.

 

Even the salutation in this book shows us our riches in Christ.

 

RICH IN STANDING (OR STATUS) - "Saints and faithful in Christ Jesus." - A saint is a person who has been set apart for God.

The word "faithful" means believers. Saints become saints by being

believers in Christ.

 

RICH IN SERVICE - "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God." - The Lord saved Paul with service for Him in mind (Acts 9:10-16).

God has saved each Christian with service in mind for Him. What a privilege!

 

RICH IN SUPPLY - "Grace...and peace..." - God supplies us with what we need in order to serve Him well. God gives us grace and peace at salvation, and continues to supply them as we walk with Him.

 

 

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Ephesians 1:1-2

WHAT'S IN AN INTRODUCTION?

 

We will have been introduced to thousands of people of the course of a lifetime. Many, if not most, of these introductions were so casual that we will forget them. However, many introductions that we have experienced were important. I was once introduced to a young lady named Dottie Adams. Twenty-seven years ago she changed her last name to "Peters". She's my wife. I once met a new pastor in my area named George Headley. He became my mentor. I once met a group of people in West Valley, PA. I am now their pastor. The most important introduction I ever received was to the Lord Jesus Christ who became my Savior and Lord.

 

As we read the Bible, we might not think much about the introductions found there, but they do contain important information and are worthy of our attention. We might quickly read over the introductions found in Paul's epistles, but there is valuable information contained there. For instance, let's consider Ephesians 1:1-2

 

THE GREETER - Vs. 1

1. "Paul" - A person - Acts 8:1-3, 9:1-22

2. "An Apostle" - A position - Paul's position was as one of the Apostles. Each of us is given a position within the body of Christ, and a Spiritual gift to carry out that position. Romans 12:4-8

3. "By the will of God" - A plan - God has a specific plan for each one of our lives. Romans 12:2, Ephesians 5:15-17

 

THE GREETED - Vs. 1

1. "Saints" - In the Bible a saint is simply a person who has come to know Christ as Savior. This means that anyone who is saved is a saint by position. The way a Christian conducts his life should make him a saint by practice. 1 Peter 1:15-16

2. "Faithful Brethren" - Paul is talking to the same people. Saints are to be faithful to their Lord (1 Corinthians 4:2), and are brothers and sisters with other believers.

 

THE GREETING - Vs. 2

1. "Grace" - Paul desired that the Ephesians, who received grace for salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9), would continue to be beneficiaries of God's grace. 2 Peter 3:18

2. "Peace" - Paul also desired that the Ephesians, who also received peace with God at salvation (Romans 5:1), would continue to receive the peace of God (Isaiah 26:3, Philippians 4:6-7)

3. Notice the source of grace and peace is God.

 

 

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Ephesians 1:3-7

RICHES FROM THE FATHER!

 

Ephesians 1:3-14 is one sentence in Greek. In it we see the riches we have from the God The Father, God The Son, and God The Holy Spirit. Here are the riches from the hand of God The Father.

 

THE FATHER'S PRESENT TO US - Vs. 3

We are blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.

 

THE FATHER'S PLANS FOR US - Vss. 4-5

We are holy and without blame.

We have received the adoption of (adult) children.

 

THE FATHER'S POSITION TOWARDS US - Vs. 6

We are accepted in the beloved, who is Christ!

 

THE FATHER'S PARDON OF US - Vs. 7

 

 

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Ephesians 1:3-7

IN CHRIST

 

Here is a brief list of some of the blessings for each Christian who is "in Christ".

In Christ:

 

I AM COMPLETE - Vs. 3 - I am blessed with "all spiritual blessings".

 

I AM CHOSEN - Vs. 4 - Because I am in Christ, I have been chosen to stand before God as "holy and without blame before him in love."

 

I AM GOD'S CHILD - Vs. 5

 

I AM CONFIDENT - Vs. 6 - I am confident because I have been "accepted in the beloved."

 

I AM CLEANSED - Vs. 7

 

 

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Ephesians 1:3-8

BLESSED!

 

I AM APPOINTED Vs. 4

I AM ADOPTED Vs. 5

I AM ACCEPTED Vs. 6

I AM ACQUITTED Vs. 7

I HAVE ABUNDANCE Vs. 8

 

 

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Ephesians 1:7-12

RICHES IN CHRIST

 

Here are some of the riches we receive when we trust Christ as Savior:

 

WE ARE SAVED - Vs. 7

Redemption

Forgiveness

 

WE ARE SUPPLIED - Vss. 8

Wisdom

Prudence (Understanding)

 

WE ARE SETTLED - Vss. 9-10

Christ is going to gather all things together under Himself. 2 Corinthians 15:21-28. I believe this well begin with the millennium and culminate with the eternal state. When Christ takes over, we will be settled!

 

WE ARE SATISFIED - Vss. 11-12

We have our inheritance in Him.

 

 

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Ephesians 1:13-14

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY

 

SALVATION Vs. 13a - In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation:

 

SEALING Vs. 13b - in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

 

SECURITY Vs. 14 - Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

 

 

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Ephesians 1:13-14

RICHES IN THE SPIRIT

 

Imagine getting a new computer, taking it out of the box, assembling all the components, and then letting it sit on your desk without doing anything else. "Nonsense!", you say, "If I get a new computer and assemble it, I won't stop there. I'll turn on the power and use it!"

 

Ephesians 1:3-14 shows us the riches that we have at salvation coming from The Trinity. The work of the Holy Spirit at salvation can be viewed as God "turning on the power" in our lives! There are three things mentioned here that are the result of the work of the Holy Spirit when we are saved. (Check web site for other 2 outlines on riches.)

 

THE NEW BIRTH - "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation..." - Although the Spirit is not mentioned here, Paul is talking about the Ephesians' new birth or being born again by the Spirit of God. See John 3:1-8 and John 1:12-13.

 

THE SEALING - "...in whom after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy spirit of promise," - In Scripture sealing speaks of security, authenticity, (Romans 8:16) and ownership ( The meaning here.).

 

THE DOWN PAYMENT - "Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession..." - "Earnest money" is a down payment to show that someone will finish a transaction, such as the down payment on a house. Although we are redeemed when we trust Christ as Savior, God will finish the transaction with the redemption of our bodies at the resurrection.

 

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Ephesians 1:15-23

 

Have you noticed that at the beginning of every professional sports season, that every manager or head coach talks like he is expecting his team to go all the way to win the championship? There are great expectations.

 

As parents we have great expectations for our children, expecting them to go further in their lives than we have in ours.

 

The apostle Paul also had great expectations for the Ephesian believers. That's why he prayed for them. As Christians, we should have the same great expectations for other believers and pray for them.

Paul prayed for the Christians that they would

 

1. KNOW HIM, THE PERSON OF GOD Vs. 17

2. KNOW HIS HOPE, THE PROMISES OF GOD Vs. 18

3. KNOW HIS HELP, THE POWER OF GOD Vs. 19-23

 

(Be sure to comment on Paul's thankfulness and regular prayers for the Ephesians in Vss. 15-16)

 

 

 

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Ephesians 1:15-23, 3:16-21, Philippians 1:9-11, Colossians 1:9-14

HELPING YOUR CHURCH GROW

 

Most people would like to see their church grow in numbers and Spirituality.

The average person may wonder, "How can I help my church grow." Very few people feel capable of assisting when it comes to church growth.

In the texts listed above we find the Apostle Paul praying for four prayers for three churches. Each one of these prayers is a prayer for Spiritual development. I am convinced that if we pray for the pastors and people in our own church and other churches, God will answer. As we grow Spiritually we will grow physically.

 

Please note that Paul gave thanks for each church before making requests for them. Ephesians 1:15-16, Philippians 1:3-8, Colossians 1:3-8.

Also note that some of the requests are repeated for each congregation, but there seems to be a special theme for each prayer. Let us pray for each other as Paul prayed for those he loved in Christ.

 

PRAY FOR PERCEPTION - Ephesians 1:15-23

We need to pray that other Christians will have a "spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him" (Vs. 17) and that they will grasp:

1. "...the hope of His calling..." - Vs. 18

 

2. "...the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints..." - Vs. 18 - Just think! We are His inheritance!

 

3. "...the exceeding greatness of his power..." - Vss. 19-23 - We need to grasp just how much power is available for us in Christ. We will not appropriate the power unless we understand its availability.

 

PRAY FOR POWER - Ephesians 3:14-21

After praying that Christians perceive the availability of Christ's power, we need to pray that appropriation of that power would be a reality in their lives.

 

1. Power of the Spirit - Vs. 16

 

2. Power of Christ's control - Vs. 17a

 

3. Power to love - Vss. 17b-19a

 

4. Power of God's fullness - Vs. 19b

 

PRAY FOR PERFORMANCE - Philippians 1:9-11

I see this prayer as a prayer for action!

 

1. Abounding in love - Vs. 9

 

2. Abounding in choice and Godly living - Vs. 10

 

3. Abounding in fruitfulness - Vs. 11

 

PRAY FOR PERSEVERANCE - Colossians 1:9-14

The Christian life is not a sprint but a marathon. We need to pray that other Christians "hang in there".

 

1. Knowing His will - Vs. 9

 

2. Walking worthily - Vs. 10a

 

3. Being fruitful - Vs. 10b

 

4. Knowing God - Vs. 10c

 

5. Enduring with patience, longsuffering, joyfulness and thanksgiving - Vss. 11-14

 

If you like, this message could be broken down into four devotionals delivered four weeks in a row. Used this way, this series would be especially appropriate for Prayer Meeting.

 

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