Sunday AM March 25, 2007
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Please turn to Ephesians 1:1-6 and stand for the reading of the Lord’s Word.
*/CALLING OF THE CHURCH/*
All knowledge may be divided into 2 categories:
Pure or Imaginary
Applied or Practical
Paul begins with pure knowledge and
ends with practical knowledge.
In this epistle the first 3 chapters deal with doctrine,
*/THE CALLING OF THE CHURCH/*
And the last 3 chapters with application,
*/THE CONDUCT OF THE CHURCH/*
Paul was made an apostle of Christ Jesus through God’s WILL or decisions.
It was not Paul’s own choosing or plan.
Paul had God’s authority behind him.
As an apostle Paul was commissioned and sent by God with the gospel message.
This letter is addressed to us.
Those set apart for God’s use.
We are a part of the universal church by virtue of our salvation in Christ.
We have our very life in Christ.
Paul opens his letter */“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord /*
*/ Jesus Christ.”/*
*/“Grace”/* expresses God’s dedicated love toward man.
*/“Peace”/* shows the relational state as a result of that grace.
Praise for God’s Planned Spiritual Blessings (1:1-4)/*
Paul discusses the reason God is to be praised.
He is to be praised for the Spiritual Blessings He has planned for us in Christ.
/**/Provision of Spiritual Blessings/*
Paul states that God is to be blessed or praised.
The word praise here means */“to speak well of.”/*
Praise should be given to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In verse */2, God is the Father of believers./*
In verse */3, God is the Father of Christ./*
In */verse 2/* the first Person of the Trinity belongs to us.
*/Verse 3/* shows that we belong to Christ,
the second Person of the Godhead.
Since He is the Son of God and believers are connected with Him,
we are also related to the Father.
Paul’s use of the past tense */“has blessed”/* points to this blessing
or prospering of believers as having occurred in eternity past.
What are we blessed with?
With every spiritual blessing
Every spiritual blessing refers to every spiritual enrichment
needed for a spiritual life.
Since these benefits have already been bestowed on us, we should
not ask for them but rather appropriate them by faith.
In */Joshua 1:3-4/*, Joshua was not to ask for land since God had already
promised it to him.
He was to enter into the enjoyment of that provision.
The manner or area of this enrichment is in Christ.
The place of these */“blessings”/* is in the heavenly realms,
as opposed to the earthly realm.
Thus these blessings are spiritual not material,
heavenly not earthly
eternal not earthly
*/Ephesians 1:3/* tells us about God’s blessings on us:
When: eternity past
With what: every spiritual blessing
Where: in the heavenly realms
How: in Christ
/**/The Basis of Spiritual Blessings (1:4-6)/*
Paul continued his discussion of believers’ spiritual blessings by showing that they are based on the work of the 3 Persons of the Trinity:
The */selection/* of the Father
The */sacrifice/ *of the Son
The */seal/ *of the Spirit
God’s choice for Himself
We are told when God’s work of choice took place:
Before the Creation of the world.
God blesses believers through the threefold work of the Trinity.
Spiritual blessings for us are because of */OR/* on the basis of the work of the Trinity:
God blesses us because of the Fathers choice,
The Son’s dying and the Spirit’s sealing.
Both concepts seem to be included:
Spiritual blessings are the work of the three Persons of the Trinity,
the work of the Trinity is the basis of all of our spiritual
Spiritual blessings begin with and are based on being chosen,
He chose us of which God is the
subject and we are the object.
God’s sovereign work is choosing some to believe.
Salvation is God’s doing, NOT man’s.
Though it is an act of grace,
based on His will,
we are responsible to believe.
*/II Thessalonians 2:13 says, But we should always give thanks to /*
*/ God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord because God has /*
*/ chosen you from the beginning for salvation through /*
*/ sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth./*
He is the Head and Representative of spiritual humanity.
The time of choosing is in eternity past,