Ephesians 1:2 Paul begins and ends (Ephesians 6:24) this letter with a "benediction" of grace to his readers - since they were already saved by grace, this indicates the ongoing need of grace in our daily lives and speaks of enabling grace, grace which makes it possible for saved sinners to walk in a supernatural manner worthy of the calling to which they have been called. Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness. The Old Testament If you are over head and ears in debt, he is rich enough to discharge your liabilities. The Whole Bible There will be more in heaven than we expect to see there by a long way; and there will be some there with whom we had very little comfortable fellowship on earth who had fellowship with Christ, and who are therefore taken to dwell with him for ever." Where, then, was the wonder, if, in renewing the world, God should follow an unwonted method? Ephesians 1:14 What does this truth explain about the certainty of our inheritance? (See notes 2 Timothy 1:9; 2 Timothy 1:10; 2 Timothy 1:11; 2 Timothy 1:12). He knew that Jesus was the Lord of his life, not the Roman government, so if he was a prisoner, he was Jesus' prisoner. It is a choice mercy to be permitted to preach the gospel. (See notes Philippians 1:19; Philippians 1:20; Philippians 1:21). 3:8). God is faithful to bring to pass what He has promised and that for which Paul prays for the saints at Thessalonica ( sanctified entirely, without blame at His coming). (Stott), vii. According to His mercy = washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit (note), What is God's grace? Ezra prayed on his knees (Ezra 9:5). John 3:16, Jesus faith love), The Whole Bible The Greek word mysterion is different, however. Pauline Epistles "For this reason" which is known as a term of conclusion. 2. d. According to the eternal purpose which He accomplished: The mystery reveals and furthers God's eternal purpose in Jesus, previously described in Ephesians 1:10 - that in the fullness of the times, God will gather together (essentially, to sum up or resolve) all things in Jesus. The Old Testament Victor, Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Justified (declared righteous) It was a gift It was by God's grace - unmerited favor and divine enablement It was made available to mankind through the redemption in Christ Jesus, Eph 2:10 what relation of salvation to works? The most reasonable association is the incredible verses that have showered blessing after blessing on these saints. (See notes Colossians 2:2; Colossians 2:3). A [stands] for Access, the privilege of grace. They all certainly have a place in God's eternal plan. My tribulations for you: Paul wrote the Letter to the Ephesians from prison, and it is useful to remember why Paul was in prison. Salvation is not by works since its basis is grace and its means of reception faith. It was also given specifically to Peter by revelation (Acts 11:1-18), and it is consistent with prophecy in the Old Testament (such as Isaiah 49:6) and the specific words of Jesus (Acts 1:8). How did this hope of seeing Christ, either at death or at the Lord's return, keep Paul going? He had to be fully man in order to die as men's substitute. Thanked God for their faith (in the Lord Jesus) and love (for all the saints) and prayed for them, Father of Glory may give a spirit of wisdom and knowledge (this could refer to the Holy Spirit and/or to man's spirit) in the revelation of Him (of God). Ephesians 2:7 What will God do for believers in the future? Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). The cross pointed in four ways, essentially in every direction, because …. This is why the conduct of the church is so important: because angelic and demonic beings are looking on, and God's intent is to teach them through us. 24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. They can now come before God in a standing they could only dream of before. “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain!” No matter how you look at it, nothing can steal a man’s joy if he possesses the single mind! Ephesians 1:22 What authority did God give Christ? Might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers: This explains how God will reveal His wisdom, and to whom He reveals it. "But while Paul was thus thankful for his office, his success in it greatly humbled him. Understanding the character of God, we can say that this is not for a selfish or self-glorying motive, in the way we think of the proud man showing his brains and accomplishments to everyone. Acts 15:6 (Context = The Jerusalem Council at which time the Jewish leaders debated the status of Gentile salvation) And the apostles and the elders came together to look into this matter. In other words, it means to be drawn into God Himself and not just the facts about Him. (2-13 is a parenthetical statement interrupting his thought in verse one which he goes on in KJV (Narrated) NKJV (Narrated) NKJV (Dramatized) NLT (Dramatized) NIV (Narrated) NIV (Dramatized) NASB (Narrated) RVR60 (Español) God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles . The use of the perfect tense conveys the truth that this knowledge is permanent in believers. Pentateuch d. From whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named: In remembering that all God's family is called after His name, Paul showed that his mind was rather taken with this idea of the essential unity of the Body of Christ. Ephesians 1:13 How had they come to faith initially? This indicates that they were very appreciative of all he had done for them and all he was presently enduring for the sake of bringing the gospel to them and their fellow Gentiles. Do you look into them?" (Wood), i. Ephesians 3 - ESV: For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles-- assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you, If it is according to God's purpose Who works all things out after the counsel of His will, it is absolutely certain. The love of Jesus has height. Reportedly, Crowfoot put the pass in a leather pouch and wore it around his neck for the rest of his life—but he never once availed himself of the rights and privileges it spelled out. As saints, we’re God’s inheritance, His treasure, His prize! John 12:30-33 What does Jesus mean by "now judgment is upon this world"? Put all things in subjection under His feet, Ephesians 1:3 Our blessings are there in Christ, Ephesians 1:20 Christ is there seated at the R hand of God, Ephesians 2:6 Believers are seated there in Christ, Ephesians 6:12 Spiritual forces of wickedness are there. Pick a lesson from our Ephesians Bible study guide below to start your journey through Ephesians today. That is how certain the inheritance associated with "hope of our calling" is for believers and why Paul is praying for the saints to know beyond a shadow of a doubt about this truth so that they might lay hold of it by faith and might walk in the light (enlightened in their heart, the center of their being) of this life transforming truth. d. To make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery: Having been entrusted with such riches, Paul's passion was to make this gospel known to all people. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point And the dragon and his angels waged war, 8 and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. Comment: The verb “will perfect” points to the eternal security of the Christian, a component of our blessed hope. (Eph 3:13) Paul's current personal participation in the mystery. in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. This reminds us that we are called for something far greater than our own individual salvation and sanctification. We might believe that it is because of us; the angels know better. (Spurgeon), ©2006 David Guzik - No distribution beyond personal use without permission. "By the dispensation of the grace of God we may understand, either the apostolic office and gifts granted to St. Paul, for the purpose of preaching the Gospel among the Gentiles … or the knowledge which God gave him of that gracious and Divine plan which he had formed for the conversion of the Gentiles." The Old Testament Prophets Register! Matthew Henry expressed this confidence in words he hoped would be read after his death by anyone who might unduly mourn his passing. 1. 5. Until salvation ready to be revealed in the last time, Romans 8:16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him in order that we may also be glorified with Him. The resurrection power of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8). Phil 1:3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, 5 in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now. The Reformers spoke out against the division between "clergy" and "laity" and the teaching of the priesthood of all believers insisted that all had the same access to God. Comment: Have you had a victory over sin this past week? (Eph 3:8-9) Paul's presentation of the mystery. (2 Kings 6:17) These angelic beings see us perfectly and know us far better than we know them. This isn't my invention. This isn't speculation, guesswork, emotions, or feelings. I wish some of you would be ambitious of it, for earnest preachers are wanted." This power … works in us now. God’s Marvelous Plan for the Gentiles. a. v. Sometimes Christians get the crazy idea that God saved them and works in their life because they are somehow such great people. Ephesians 2:8 What does Paul add to explain salvation "by grace through faith"? Ro 8:17 heirs, heirs of God, fellow heirs w Christ > glorified with Him (see the "hope of His calling" above), Ro 8:18 associated with incomparable glory, Titus 3:7 that being justified (declared righteous, "acquitted") by His grace we might be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The New Testament He wrote: “Would you like to know where I am? Paul despite the fact that he was in prison, had been deserted by others and knew that he was being poured out as a drink offering (going to die), had the inner strength in Christ to write that he was convinced Jesus would keep what Paul had entrusted to Him until the day when Paul would see Him face to face. a. i. Paul tried to figure out the greatness of God's grace, and started tracking it out as one might track out the shore of a lake. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself. That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power. Major Prophets Ephesians 2:4 What motivated God to save us? [A new version of this page can be found here]. (See commentary on Revelation 12:7; Revelation 12:8; Revelation 12:9) (Comment: The events described in this section transpire at the midpoint of Daniel's Seventieth Week). (See notes Romans 8:16; 8:17; 8:18; 8:19; 8:20; 8:21; 8:22; 8:23). ii. To be FILLED with God is a great thing; to be filled with the FULLNESS of God is still greater; but to be filled with ALL the fullness of God utterly bewilders the sense and confounds the understanding." (Spurgeon), ii. (Eph 3:10-12) The purpose of the mystery. Johannine Writings His love is as wide as the world: For God so loved the world (John 3:16), iii. (Trapp). Yet he wasn't merely looking for relief from his suffering. "In this measurement may you and I be skilled. Dragon = Serpent of old (refers to Genesis 3 when he deceived Eve) = Satan, Colossians 1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. "Among all the great sayings in this prayer, this is the greatest. How long will it continue?" -------------------- —Ephesians 3:1-13. When the church understands and walks in God's eternal purpose, God will be glorified and the church will fulfill its important duty of simply glorifying God. a. "Many parts of this prayer bear a strict resemblance to that offered by Solomon when dedicating the temple … The apostle was now dedicating the Christian Church.". Wisdom Literature Can we really comprehend the width and length and depth and height of God's love? The most reasonable association is the incredible verses that have showered blessing after blessing on these saints. What would this have done for Paul who was in prison? b. We are children of God (adopted as sons, possessors of an inheritance), But it has not appeared as yet what we shall be ("the hope of our calling"), This hope motivates us to purify ourselves just as He is pure, Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. God saved us (See study of sozo, the verb for saved). (Spurgeon), iii. "One of these philosophers kindly says that religion is a matter of belief; not of knowledge. It is in our personal lives. Paul's point is that no one will be able to boast that they have done anything to merit their salvation and the conclusion is that all the glory will go to God for "so great a salvation". All rights reserved, Believer's Bible Commentary: Thomas Nelson. g. He made known to me the mystery: Paul did not hesitate to claim that the mystery he will reveal was given to him by revelation. What is this power according to (proportionate) to? (Wood). (Spurgeon). Solomon prayed on his knees (1 Kings 8:54). 1Peter 1:3-5 What learn about future inheritance? GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point John minces no words in this passage emphasizing that there are only two spheres of spiritual existence - one is either in Christ (in His Kingdom - children of God) or in Adam (in the world - children of Satan), the latter "spiritual address" applying to every person who has never been saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. In substance the διʼ ἀποκαλύψεως of Galatians 1:12 is not different. The contrasting truth that in spite of our being dead God saved us by grace - this serves to highlight the undeserved nature of grace and our inability to do anything to earn it. In classical literature of ancient Greece, the minister (diakonos) "is a table waiter who is always at the bidding of his customers." (Clarke). Gospel of grace - The gospel has grace, grace to save. I am engaged in the sweet enjoyment of my precious Redeemer. Ephesians 1:7). He will reveal it by His work in the church, and He will reveal it to angelic beings (principalities and powers). How does God describe their spiritual legacy? i. (Ephesians 3:6.) ", (Comment: In fairness, it should be noted that the interpretation of this passage is considerably debated. Historical Books This is clean in opposition to all the teaching of Scripture." e. Fellowship of the mystery: We should carefully consider what this phrase means. Delivered us (rescued) from domain of darkness (the ruler of which was Satan), Transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, Click to enlarge Michael and His Angels Fight the Dragon, And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. Colossians 2:3 What is a present aspect of our inheritance? What did Luke record in Acts 19:15 that parallels the relationship between believers and the demonic powers? “For to me to live is _____________ and to die is ______________.”, “For to me to live is money and to die is to leave it all behind.” “For to me to live is fame and to die is to be forgotten.” “For to me to live is power and to die is to lose it all.”, No, we must echo Paul’s convictions if we are going to have joy in spite of circumstances, and if we are going to share in the furtherance of the Gospel. If you are a believer surely you can remember some time when sin was tempting you to surrender and you were enable to say "no" because of the "pledge" that was indwelling you, the Spirit of the living God. I am at home in my Father’s house, in the mansions prepared for me here. i. Paul's hope was rooted in Christ, who died on the cross for sinners, rose from the grave, ascended to heaven, and would one day take Paul into His presence. He is our reason for living. b. Comment: Many have debated what the "that" ("that not of yourselves") refers to, but the consensus is that it refers to neither grace nor faith but to the whole process of salvation. The meaning seems to be that they should be rooted and grounded in their love for one another, more than being rooted and grounded in their love for God and the knowledge of that love. (see notes Colossians 1:12; Colossians 1:13;Colossians 1:14). Clearly, he is driving home not only these basic truths of our salvation but that this salvation is irrevocable. Paul says that God is able to do above all that we ask or think. 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Being rooted and grounded in love: Paul asked that all this would take place as they were rooted and grounded in love. Philippians 1:6 What does Paul remind the saints at Philippi that relates to the "hope of our calling"? Vance Havner once said that someone spelled out "grace" as…. Since God lives in the recipients, Paul prays for them. (Spurgeon), iv. Thank you for registering. 2. 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons (the future aspect, compare the past aspect in Ephesians 1:5), the redemption of our body (the future aspect of redemption = glorification, compare the past aspect of redemption in Ephesians 1:7). The Jews and Gentiles are saved through the same grace. That's what Paul is praying for here. This miracle of transforming grace will be the subject of eternal revelation. The ruler of this world is Satan who will be cast down (cf Rev 12:7-9 where "thrown down" is used 3 times). -------------------- His prayer in simple terms is a prayer for a deeper understanding. Predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son = completely fulfilled when we see Him for we shall be like Him, perfect and glorified! (1 Corinthians 11:10), - The things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven; things which angels desire to look into. Titus 3:5 What does Paul add to explanation of salvation? 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Well, I suppose you don't care much about them, and yet you should. At an especially rough time, a kind steward patted Jones on the shoulder and said, "I know, sir, that it seems awful. I am singing hallelujahs to Him who sits upon the throne, and I am constantly praising Him. ), it is logical to ask how this can ever be. Reprinted by permission. In sum, this evil world system is the domain of the evil one, Satan! f. To know the love of Christ: Paul wrote of something we can know. Wisdom Literature Lastly, would you know how long this will continue? h. Was not made known to the sons of men, as it now has been revealed: The nature of the union of Jews and Gentiles into this new body is the aspect that was not made known. It is a dawn that never fades! Remember that the first three chapters are doctrine but the last three begin with how we are to walk. Ephesians 1:19-23 The Power (Click related discussion). ii. i. That I should preach: The ancient Greek word translated "preach" literally means "to announce good news." John 1:1, 14-17 What do you learn about grace? The we includes Paul and the other apostles - and they certainly knew that Jesus could do great things. How can we or anyone derive their name from God? 3 For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— 2 assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you, 3 how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. The good (God) work had begun in them (and us) would just as certainly be perfected (completed, brought to its intended goal). vii. (Spurgeon). "The Indwelling is, from one side, the sovereign gift of God. Johannine Writings Will Paul’s prayer be answered in your life? Johannine Writings My sowing time is done and I am reaping; my joy is as the joy of harvest. (Moule). for I know (eido/oida = intuitively, beyond a shadow of a doubt) Whom (not "what" I believe, but "Who" - doctrine is important but must always lead to a greater love and intimacy with Christ) I have believed and I am convinced that He is able (has the inherent power) to guard (from loss = our hope has security) what I have entrusted to Him until that day. We are surrounded by invisible spiritual beings, and they intently look upon us. (Eph 3:14-15) Introduction to the prayer. 16 For of His fulness we have all received, and grace upon grace. Unsearchable riches also tells us this is something good. Luke-Acts "THE EPISTLE TO THE EPHESIANS" Chapter Three OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THE CHAPTER 1) To understand the "mystery" so long hidden that is now revealed, and the role of the church 2) To examine Paul's prayer for the Ephesians' enablement, what it means for us today SUMMARY In this chapter Paul reminds his readers of God's grace that has been shown him regarding the revelation of the "mystery". Ephesians 2 Ephesians 3 Ephesians 4. Daniel prayed on his knees (Daniel 6:10). It is because there is something in us that resists the influence of the indwelling Jesus. Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart: Though under arrest for the sake of the gospel, Paul asks his readers to not lose heart. Prophets 1John 3:8 the one who practices (present tense = habitually) sin is (present tense = habitually) of the devil (his spiritual father, cf John 8:44); for the devil has sinned from the beginning. Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding. Poetical Books Most importantly, Jesus prayed on His knees (Luke 22:41). In my opinion, Jesus is saying that the power of Satan was broken [at Calvary], and the success of the 70 over demons was proof of it. We have the freedom to express ourselves before God, without fear or shame. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren; 30 and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. Ephesians 3:3.In this more detailed specification of the οἰκονομία meant in Ephesians 3:2, κατὰ ἀποκάλυψιν has the emphasis: by way of revelation, expressing the mode of the making known, in accordance with a well-known adverbial usage (Bernhardy, p. 241). For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles; if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: a. I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles: During his Roman imprisonment Paul was under house arrest. It lifts me to heavenly places where I am seated with Christ. A popular interpretation today sees the principalities and powers as modern political states and economic structures. 3. When a person puts out his hand to take a gift that someone else offers, he or she is doing nothing to merit that gift. 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