Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 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, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, (Ephesians 1:1-11 NKJV)
C1 Author: Holy Spirit
C2 Writer: Paul
C1 God’s people in Ephesus
C2 The faithful in Christ Jesus (the rest of us)
A3 Notes: Dealings with God and His people (Christians)
B1 Who has blessed us.
C1 When the lesser blesses, he thanks and praises the greater.
C2 When the greater blesses, it is gifts of many types.
D1 Spiritual blessings
E1 Fruit of the Spirit: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control–against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23, WPNT)
E2 Those listed here
F2 Forgiveness of sins
F3 Knowledge of the mystery (The Gospel)
F4 Our gathering together (Unity—God’s unity not the worldly unity that is currently preached uniting believers with heretics and apostates).
F5 An inheritance (Heaven and especially fellowship with God).
E3 God himself. (Jesus Christ is the ultimate blessing in this life, because of all He is and is, has, and will do).
D2 Heavenly blessings
B2 He has chosen us.
C1 Meaning of the word
D1 A choosing for Himself.
D2 To pick out as in upon seeing several choices, one is picked out. If I went with a brother to a cafe, and he said, “Pick out something on the menu; I’ll pay for it,” and I picked out the fried escargot and peanut butter sandwich, then I have demonstrated what this word means.
C2 He chose us.
D1 This decision was made before the creation of the world.
D2 This decision is God’s plan.
D3 This does not seem to involve individuals as much as the group/set consisting of Christians. (Consider corporate election and references thereon).
D4 Election is different than unconditional election.
E1 Unconditional election is where God makes His choice of who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. The elect for heaven have no choice in the matter, nor those who are the elect for hell. God does the choosing.
E2 Conditional election is where God makes His choice of who resists the call of the Holy Spirit and those who do not resist. The elect for heaven are those who do not resist the call of the Holy Spirit, while those who are the elect for hell are those who resist.
C3 Chose for a purpose.
D1 For us to be holy
D2 And blameless
B3 He predestinated us.
C1 Meaning of the word
D1 Decide before hand
D2 Predetermine in the sense of a decision was determined before the situation that demanded it.
D3 It does not mean to pick out an individual and determine him/her to heaven or hell.
D4 I would never choose him for I was dead and could not, but the Holy Spirit opened my eyes and heart to the Gospel and offered me salvation. I could resist or not resist. If God had not predestined me, I would never have believed.
C2 Predestination was done “in love,” though “in love” might refer to verse 4 in which it would refer to our love to Him.
C3 Predestination is for adoption not salvation.
C4 The good pleasure of His will, that is, this was a happy decision.
C5 It is of grace, which is receiving what we do not deserve.
B4 He has made us accepted in the beloved.
C1 Grace has made us accepted.
C2 Grace is getting what we do not deserve.
C3 We deserve hell, but instead, because of His grace we are accepted, not rejected.
C4 Those who are rejected are those who resisted God’s gracious call.
D1 And Jesus answered and spoke unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, who made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them who are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and treated them shamefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was angry: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then said he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they who were bidden were not worthy. Go you therefore into the highways, and as many as you shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. Matthew 22:1-10
D2 And you will not come to me, that you might have life. John 5:40
B5 We have redemption.
C1 Meaning of the word
D1 Freedom because of something paid.
D3 Jesus suffered and died to pay the penalty of sin.
D1 Through His blood. No blood shed, no salvation.
D2 Because of His shed blood, we have forgiveness of sins.
C3 Some cross references
D4 Now when these things begin to happen, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:28, WPNT)
D5 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; (Romans 3:24, WPNT)
D6 Now then, when we were incapacitated, even so Christ died for the ungodly, at the right moment. (Romans 5:6, WPNT)
D7 therefore Jesus also, so that He might sanctify the people by His own blood, suffered outside the city gate. (Hebrews 13:12, WPNT)
D8 Then, when He had received the sour wine, Jesus said, “Paid in full!!” And bowing His head He dismissed His spirit. (John 19:30, WPNT)
B6 His grace is abounded.
C1 Not just a little grace but lots of grace.
D1 Wisdom deals with decision making.
D2 God shows His wisdom in salvation and the plan of salvation.
D1 Making a choice with moral insight
D2 Deals with the practical details of how to carry this plan/decision out.
B7 He made known to us the mystery of His will.
C1 The mystery of His will is the Gospel.
D1 …on my behalf too, that when I open my mouth utterance may be given to me with boldness, to make known the mystery of the Gospel, (Ephesians 6:19, WPNT)
D2 the mystery that has been hidden from past ages and generations, but now has been revealed to His saints; (Colossians 1:26, WPNT)
D3 A mystery: what was hidden is now known
C2 He knew the plan but did not reveal it until the time of Jesus on this earth.
D1 This plan was done in
E1 Accordance with His good pleasure (satisfaction, delight)
E2 His plan not a plan put together by others
E3 But his plans endure forever; his purposes last eternally. (Psalms 33:11, GNB92)
D2 A plan hatched in justice and love
B8 He will gather us together.
C1 The true unity of believers, not the forced, any goes unity of the 21st century.
C2 God does this gathering, not some pastor, church, or group of people.
B9 We have an inheritance.
C1 Our main inheritance is God himself.
C2 Jesus shares His inheritance with us (
D1 Forgiveness of sins
D3 Fellowship with God, holy angels, and God’s people
D4 Relief from the sufferings caused by sin.
Posted by Choco in 2018 at 15:05
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