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Ephesians: Who is God?

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In Christ...
we are blessed
we are chosen
we are holy and blameless before God
we are redeemed
we are forgiven
we are rich
we are predestined
we are sealed

Who is God?

Ephesians 1:3 ESV
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,

God is blessed

Ephesians 1:3 ESV
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,

God is blesser

Ephesians 1:3 ESV
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,

God is Father

Ephesians 1:5–6 ESV
he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

God is loving

Ephesians 2:4–5 ESV
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—
Ephesians 1:5–6 ESV
he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

God is glorious

Ephesians 1:7 ESV
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

God is gracious

Ephesians 1:8 ESV
which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight

God is generous

Ephesians 1:8 ESV
which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight

God is wise

Ephesians 1:9 ESV
making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ

God is purposeful

Ephesians 1:13–14 ESV
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

God is the guarantee of our inheritance

God is blessed
God is blesser
God is loving
God is glorious
God is gracious
God is generous
God is wise
God is purposeful
God is the guarantee of our inheritance
God is loving
therefore
In Christ, I am adopted
God is gracious
therefore
In Christ, I am redeemed
God is wise
therefore
In Christ, I am predestined
God is the guarantee of our inheritance
therefore
I am secure
Ephesians 1:1–14 ESV
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are 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 in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
Questions for reflection:
Do I spend enough time thinking about God, that is, his character and nature? How can I improve in this area?
Questions for reflection:
Do I let me identity (who am I) flow from God (who is God)?
Questions for reflection:
Do I perpetuate a wrong view of God because of my upbringing, societal influence, or past bad theology?
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