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EPHESIANS
Ephesians 1:1–6 ESV
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
Not only was the temple of Diana a place of worship, and a treasure-house, but it was also a museum in which the best statuary and most beautiful paintings were preserved. Among the paintings was one by the famous Apelles, a native of Ephesus, representing Alexander the Great hurling a thunderbolt. It was also a sanctuary for the criminal, a kind of city of refuge, for none might be arrested for any crime whatever when within a bowshot of its walls.

1-THE GREETING

A-PAUL ISSUED A GREETING TO THE FAITHFUL SAINTS IN EPHESUS.

Ephesians 1:1 ESV
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:
EPHESIANS
Hebrews 12:1 ESV
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

B- PAUL GREETED THEM THEM WITH GRACE AND PEACE.

B- PAUL GREETED THEM THEM WITH GRACE AND PEACE.

Ephesians 1:2–3 ESV
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

2-THE ADORATION

Ephesians 1:1–2 ESV
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:2 ESV
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
John 16:33 ESV
33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

2-THE ADORATION

A- PAUL EXTENDS A PRAISE TO GOD.

Ephesians 1:4 ESV
4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love
Ephesians 1:3 ESV
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,
1. To pronounce a wish of happiness to one; to express a wish or desire of happiness.
And Isaac called Jacob and blessed him. .
2. To make happy; to make successful; to prosper in temporal concerns; as, we are blest with peace and plenty.
The Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thou doest. .
3. To make happy in a future life.
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. .
4. To set apart or consecrate to holy purposes; to make and pronounce holy.
And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it.
5. To consecrate by prayer; to invoke a blessing upon.
And Jesus took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven he blessed them. .
6. To praise; to glorify, for benefits received.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me. .
7. To praise; to magnify; to extol, for excellencies. .
8. To esteem or account happy; with the reciprocal pronoun.
The nations shall bless themselves in him. .
9. To pronounce a solemn prophetical benediction upon. . .
His sparkling blade about his head he blest.
Johnson supposes the word to signify to wave or brandish, and to have received this sense from the old rite of blessing a field, by directing the hands to all parts of it.

3-THE DECLARATION

A- CHRIST MAKES US HOLY AND BLAMELESS.

EPHESIANS
In Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer attempts to reconcile the seemingly contradictory beliefs of God's sovereignty and man's free will:
"An ocean liner leaves New York bound for Liverpool. Its destination has been determined by proper authorities. Nothing can change it. This is at least a faint picture of sovereignty.
"On board the liner are scores of passengers. These are not in chains, neither are their activities determined for them by decree. They are completely free to move about as they will. They eat, sleep, play, lounge about on the deck, read, talk, altogether as they please; but all the while the great liner is carrying them steadily onward toward a predetermined port.
"Both freedom and sovereignty are present here, and they do not contradict. So it is, I believe, with man's freedom and the sovereignty of God. The mighty liner of God's sovereign design keeps its steady course over the sea of history."
Douglas G. Gerrard.
1 Peter 1:15–16 ESV
15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

B- GOD’S WILL BE DONE.

Ephesians 1:5–6 ESV
5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
Matthew 6:10 ESV
10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Romans 12:2 ESV
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Matthew 6:10 ESV
10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
MATTHEW
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