Summary: As we discover just a few of the things that God has done for us our response should be full surrender to Him.
First verse of the song “What the Lord has done for me”
What the Lord has done for me, I cannot tell it all. What the Lord has done for me, I cannot tell it all.
What the Lord has done for me, I cannot tell it all.
He saved me and washed me with His blood!
Indeed we can’t tell it all but Paul gives us a glimpse at it in these verses.
Eph 1:3-14 Lets read it…
In the Greek language… Entire passage is just one sentence.
Doxology. Expression of worship to honor God.
The letter was most likely written from prison (3:1).
General letter to the churches in Ephesus… lacks Paul’s personal greetings
Out of all of his missionary trips, he spent the most time in Ephesus (two years Ac 18:1-21)
Paul was very aware of what was happening in this town
He writes to remind them of exactly what God had done for them to strengthen their faith.
But not just them but even a lesson for each of us as well!
1st blessings through God (3)
2nd blessings through the Son (4-13a)
3rd blessings through the Holy Spirit (13b-14)
Praise 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.
We see that the relationship of Jesus with God is much different than that which we have.
Paul praise God nonetheless for He has in the heavenly realms bless us with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
Ephesians 2:6 say that God raised us up with Christ. Because we are in Him every blessing given to Christ, Resurrection, ascension, seated at the right had of the father, is also for us to enjoy. Even now.
The phrase in Christ or ones like it is used 12 times in these verses 3 to 14.
Spiritual blessing in Christ 3
Chose us in Him before creation 4
To be holy and blameless in His sight 4
Adopted us as sons through Christ Jesus 5
Grace given us in the One He loves 6
Redemption through His blood 7
Mystery of His will which He purposed in Christ 9
In Him we were also chosen 11
In the purpose of His will 11
We were the first to hope in Christ 12
Included in Christ 13
Marked with Him with a seal, the Holy Spirit. 13
All to remind us of what God has done for us, to remind us that we are all indeed in union with Christ. A part of his body as Paul symbolizes it. And just in case you need to be reminded about what God has done for you let us look at these verses together.
For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.
Issue of being chosen
-Chosen to serve as Jesus concluded before
-Chosen to work in His vineyard
-Chosen to share His gospel
Now, holiness is not a prerequisite of the election but the result of the same.
Holiness given to us by the Holy Spirit
Sanctification of each person
Paul does not speak of an election of going to heaven or hell regardless of what you might want.
This predestination is for all of Gods creation and His purpose for none to perish but that all may come to know Him (2 Pe. 3:9)
To be a part of His family
To spend eternity in His presence
The proof is found in verse 5. For in love He predestined us to be his adopted sons through Christ Jesus.
God is all knowing. He knew what we would do if we were given free will. But he did it any ways. From the beginning he knew that a greater sacrifice would be needed. From the beginning a way was set for us, to be free from our sin. Therefore a predestination is set in motion for all who believe in Him.
Why you say? 6 - To the praise of the glorious grace, which He freely gives us in the One He loves.
Why? SO that we can see how awesome God really is
But what else has God done?
In Him we also have redemption though His blood.
Forgiveness of sin according to His grace
Which he lavishes on us with all wisdom and understanding
Gods grace is never cheap. Never what’s left over. But he pours it generously over us. Overflowing us in an abundant way.
Do we do that with God?
You see in the person of Jesus Christ we see what God has done for us. His purpose for us.
But also what we are to be.
The purpose of Christ was to pay for our sins.