Ephesians Chapter 1
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This epistle was written when St. Paul was a prisoner at Rome. The design appears to be to strengthen the Ephesians in the faith of Christ, and to give exalted views of the love of God, and of the dignity and excellence of Christ, fortifying their minds against the scandal of the cross. He shows that they were saved by grace, and that however wretched they once were, they now had equal privileges with the Jews. He encourages them to persevere in their Christian calling, and urges them to walk in a manner becoming their profession, faithfully discharging the general and common duties of religion, and the special duties of particular relations.A salutation, and an account of saving blessings, as prepared in God's eternal election, as purchased by Christ's blood. (1-8) And as conveyed in effectual calling: this is applied to the believing Jews, and to the believing Gentiles. (9-14) The apostle thanks God for their faith and love, and prays for the continuance of their knowledge and hope, with respect to the heavenly inheritance, and to God's powerful working in them. (15-23)1,2. All Christians must be saints; if they come not under that character on earth, they will never be saints in glory. Those are not saints, who are not faithful, believing in Christ, and true to the profession they make of relation to their Lord. By grace, understand the free and undeserved love and favour of God, and those graces of the Spirit which come from it; by peace, all other blessings, spiritual and temporal, the fruits of the former. No peace without grace. No peace, nor grace, but from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ; and the best saints need fresh supplies of the graces of the Spirit, and desire to grow.
3-8 Spiritual and heavenly blessings are the best blessings; with which we cannot be miserable, and without which we cannot but be so. This was from the choice of them in Christ, before the foundation of the world, that they should be made holy by separation from sin, being set apart to God, and sanctified by the Holy Spirit, in consequence of their election in Christ. All who are chosen to happiness as the end, are chosen to holiness as the means. In love they were predestinated, or fore-ordained, to be adopted as children of God by faith in Christ Jesus, and to be openly admitted to the privileges of that high relation to himself. The reconciled and adopted believer, the pardoned sinner, gives all the praise of his salvation to his gracious Father. His love appointed this method of redemption, spared not his own Son, and brought believers to hear and embrace this salvation. It was rich grace to provide such a surety as his own Son, and freely to deliver him up. This method of grace gives no encouragement to evil, but shows sin in all its hatefulness, and how it deserves vengeance. The believer's actions, as well as his words, declare the praises of Divine mercy.
9-14 Blessings were made known to believers, by the Lord's showing to them the mystery of his sovereign will, and the method of redemption and salvation. But these must have been for ever hidden from us, if God had not made them known by his written word, preached gospel, and Spirit of truth. Christ united the two differing parties, God and man, in his own person, and satisfied for that wrong which caused the separation. He wrought, by his Spirit, those graces of faith and love, whereby we are made one with God, and among ourselves. He dispenses all his blessings, according to his good pleasure. His Divine teaching led whom he pleased to see the glory of those truths, which others were left to blaspheme. What a gracious promise that is, which secures the gift of the Holy Ghost to those who ask him! The sanctifying and comforting influences of the Holy Spirit seal believers as the children of God, and heirs of heaven. These are the first-fruits of holy happiness. For this we were made, and for this we were redeemed; this is the great design of God in all that he has done for us; let all be ascribed unto the praise of his glory.
15-23 God has laid up spiritual blessings for us in his Son the Lord Jesus; but requires us to draw them out and fetch them in by prayer. Even the best Christians need to be prayed for: and while we hear of the welfare of Christian friends, we should pray for them. Even true believers greatly want heavenly wisdom. Are not the best of us unwilling to come under God's yoke, though there is no other way to find rest for the soul? Do we not for a little pleasure often part with our peace? And if we dispute less, and prayed more with and for each other, we should daily see more and more what is the hope of our calling, and the riches of the Divine glory in this inheritance. It is desirable to feel the mighty power of Divine grace, beginning and carrying on the work of faith in our souls. But it is difficult to bring a soul to believe fully in Christ, and to venture its all, and the hope of eternal life, upon his righteousness. Nothing less than Almighty power will work this in us. Here is signified that it is Christ the Saviour, who supplies all the necessities of those who trust in him, and gives them all blessings in the richest abundance. And by being partakers of Christ himself, we come to be filled with the fulness of grace and glory in him. How then do those forget themselves who seek for righteousness out of him! This teaches us to come to Christ. And did we know what we are called to, and what we might find in him, surely we should come and be suitors to him. When feeling our weakness and the power of our enemies, we most perceive the greatness of that mighty power which effects the conversion of the believer, and is engaged to perfect his salvation. Surely this will constrain us by love to live to our Redeemer's glory.
Jeff mulenga's Ephesians Chapter 1 comment on 5/21/2013, 7:34am...
this verse has put me in a place of advantage to no that all things are under jesus feets, am not supose to be worried any more about any thing he has blessed me with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in christ jesus i have everything i need in jesus christ
HAL RICHMOND's Ephesians Chapter 1 comment on 5/11/2013, 8:09am...
He first loved us and want us to put our faith and trust in him ,he has given us so much by sacarfice of his son on the cross
Lamont's Ephesians Chapter 1 comment about verse 7 on 4/08/2013, 11:55pm...
It reminds me that Jesus blood is still alive and active amen
Biodun Williams's Ephesians Chapter 1 comment on 3/09/2013, 2:26pm...
The Word of God is the will of God, and where there is a will there is a way. This letter of Paul to the Ephesians has always been a great blessing to me, and that has been through several times. In this commencement of Ephesians 1, Paul affirms that God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings, in the heavenly places. And that connotes that as Christians, we should not fight one another. And that is because godliness does not fight godliness, neither does righteousness fight righteousness. As a matter of fact, looking at it very well, they are meant to complement one another. And If you donít know what God has been doing, or that he has done, in and through another, then you canít fall into assumption and think that is appropriate. And that is one of the reason why Paul wrote the way he did, to remind us, as saints and believers, that we are already blessed. And if we are blessed, then what is the fight with others that are in in the things of the Holy Spirit? Honestly, if we know who we are as individuals, in the LORD, based on the covenant we wonít get into any fight with one another. What we have been called into is to fight the good fight of faith. He did not say that we should end the good fight of faith. Some of us perhaps, instead of reflecting on the Word of God, are reflecting on the letters of the Word, and that is not right. As matter of fact, you canít talk about others carelessly or anyhow, that is because righteousness has itís semblance from the Holy Spirit and does not do whatever he likes. And hence the import of true discernment. The truth is God does not reveal His secrets to His enemies, therefore the carnal nature is an enemy of His creature. If we are truly saints, then sanctity and uprightness have been imputed in us through the Holy Spirit. I thank the LORD, that I know who Iím, in Christ Jesus. and that is through the grace of God that has been bestowed upon me. And that is what stirs me up, into rejoicing, in the Holy Spirit; for it is not by power nor by might but by the Spirit of God. You see, where there is no true fellowship, there canít be genuine relationship. And hence you canít expect real friendship, in that type of situation. I believe that is worthy of note. And that is because, every relationship that must stand the test of time, must be first based on love and truth. On a personal note, I love the Word of God and that is the reason for this; and truthfully in all genuineness, I have never seen anything like the things of the Holy Spirit before in all my entire life. God is good and He is forever faithful. Therefore it is imperative we have total dependency on Him and His dictates.
Jean's Ephesians Chapter 1 comment on 3/05/2013, 10:02pm...
Ephesians 1:17-20, these 3 positions offer us the spirit of wisdom, revelation, knowledge and understanding if we know our positions in Christ. The hope of our calling is heirs. We are justified in this position as sons and have heavenly birthrights, thus the "ring" of the prodigal son. "Our inheritance" is our adoption as the "eldest son" under the Abrahamic covenant. In this position we are "sanctified" and have earthly birthrights, the "shoes" of the prodigal son. Seated in Christ. The third position is the position of "knowledge for" healing. We are royal priests in the body of Christ; this is our position of "our power". Putting on Christ in his full stature (power, Acts 2), we are a sweet savour of Christ; and he cannot deny himself...we have "priestly" birthrights", 2 Peter 2:9. This is the "robe" of the prodigal and we come before the father as a church; head and body of Christ with "all power and all authority of Christ. Standing in his image (holy spirit) pure, clean and holy without spot or blemish. So call the elders (pastor and men) and have people healed, a church that is a spiritual Christ, before the father.
Connie's Ephesians Chapter 1 comment on 2/19/2013, 7:49pm...
Ephesians 1 is an interesting study! Studying with Shepherd's Chapel, with Pastors Arnold and Dennis Murray makes the entire bible easy to understand.
Ray D's Ephesians Chapter 1 comment about verse 11 on 2/14/2013, 2:21am...
I found Ephesians 1:11 to be a pretty tough study! I mean when you get into inheritance and predestination whoever thinks, that is easy studying I commend you.
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