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Summary: An exegetical sermon from Ephesians chapter 1

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Eph 1:3 ¶ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;

9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Message:

* Blessed With All Spiritual Blessings

*I. We Bless God Because He Has Blessed Us

* Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

1. These blessings are of a “spiritual order” which means they are both true which mean they do not change and they are eternal which mean they will not pass

2. We find these blessings in the “heavenly places” which is where we find our Home

3. Most importantly these blessings are found ONLY.... IN CHRIST

* II. God Has Chosen Us To Enjoy The Blessings Found In His Son

*Verse 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

1. He Chose us Before the Foundation of the World

2. That He would Make us Holy and without Blame “before Him” in Love (this was done at our “new birth” ; we are righteous “before Him” now)

*Verse 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

1. God Has Adopted Us As His Children “to Himself”

2. This IS the “Glory of His Grace” to which all creation gives PRAISE!

3. For it is “In This Grace” that God has “Made Us Accepted” in His Beloved!

*III. What Did Christ Do So All Of This Could Take Place?

*Verse 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

1. He Became Our Passover

2. He Shed His Blood In Our Behalf and Redeemed Us To Himself

3. He Became Sin so we could be made New Creations of Righteousness IN HIM

*IV. What Guarantee Do We Have That All Of These Things Are True?

Verse 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

1. We have “obtained an inheritance”

*Verse 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

1. This inheritance IS received the “moment we believe!”

2. When we HEAR the “word of truth, the GOOD NEWS of our Salvation!”

3. We are “sealed with the Holy Spirit” of promise... “The Lamb IN Us”

*V. How Long Is This Guarantee Good For?

Verse 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

1. God's spirit is the "earnest" meaning we have His Presence and His Witness within us.

2. His Spirit IS the Blessing and "IN CHRIST" we have ALL BLESSINGS... These are IN US!

3. This inheritance is good .... “Until We All Get Home!”

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