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May 2, 2010
Morning Worship

Text: Ephesians 1:3-14

Subject: Spiritual Blessings
Title: A Reason to Praise Him – Part 1 in the Ephesians Series

Today we begin a series through the book of Ephesians. We’re going to continue through the book on Sunday mornings and Sunday evenings as well. So you need to come back tonight in order to not miss out on anything.

This letter to the church in Ephesus was written while Paul was imprisoned in Rome. Paul had previously stayed with the believers in Ephesus for over two years. This letter was written after the letter to Colossians and like the other prison letters it was probably intended to be a letter that was to be passed from church to church. After writing Colossians it seems that Paul received continual revelation from God about the church and now, after being shown how the church is the body of Christ, he writes to further expound on this topic.

In it’s most simple form, Ephesians can be broken down into two parts. The first three chapters describe our position in Christ; the last three explain our responsibilities as a result of being in Christ.

Today we want to begin with chapter 1 verses 3-14. Before we begin let’s look at 1and 2.
1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1. Written by Paul.
2. He was an apostle.
3. It was according to God’s will.
4. He wrote to the faithful In Christ
5. They were called saints
6. Paul extends grace and peace to them – not his own but the grace that is from God and Jesus Christ the Lord.

As we go through this first section of Ephesians today we want you to see that it is because we are “In Him” that we have a reason to praise Him!

Lord, open my eyes to see and my ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.

I. BECAUSE WE ARE “IN HIM” GOD HAS… 1) Blessed us. 3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. This is a very powerful statement to begin a letter. God has blessed us in the heavenly realms… You could read that as meaning that we are blessed in heaven and when we get there we’ll receive those blessings. But I am under the conviction that it doesn’t mean that. It means that the heavenly realms are the place of origin for the blessings that God wants us to have right here right now. And we are blessed with every spiritual blessing. Every supernatural work that God did through His Son Jesus Christ He is still doing through the church today. We have rights and privileges as children of the King and those rights and privileges include the things that come from the Spirit. The word that is translated “spiritual” means “non-carnal” or “not having to do with the flesh or natural man.” Those blessings include the gifts of the Spirit (the same word is used in 1 Corinthians 12:1) as well