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Summary: Who wants to be rich? Rather, who doesn’t want to be rich! Each person of the Godhead has deposited infinite wealth into your spiritual bank account.

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I. Blessings from God the Father (4-6)

A. He has selected us (4)

1. Doctrine of Election

2. Election refers to people

a. John 15:16, “You have not chosen me,

but I have chosen you”

b. God’s grace makes us willing to respond

B. He has adopted us (5)

1. Doctrine of Predestination

2. Predestination refers to purposes

a. The events of the crucifixion (Acts 4:25-28)

b. Our conformity to Christ (Romans 8:29-30)

c. Our inheritance (Ephesians 1:11)

d. Our adoption (Ephesians 1:5)

C. He has accepted us (6)

1. Grace makes us acceptable

2. Philemon 17-19 ‘receive him as you would me’

II. Blessings from God the Son (7-12)

A. He has Redeemed us (7a)

1. Free from the Law (Galatians 5:1)

2. Free from slavery to sin (Romans 6)

3. Free from the power of Satan (Galatians 1:4)

4. Free from the power of the world

(Colossians 1:13-14)

B. He has Forgiven us (7b)

1. ‘To carry away’

2. Scapegoat (Leviticus 16)

C. He has Enlightened us (8-10)

1. Mystery – a sacred secret, now revealed

2. The reconciliation of all men in Christ

(OT & NT)

D. He has Inherited us (11-12)

1. We have an inheritance (1 Peter 1:1-4)

2. We are His inheritance (John 17)

III. Blessings from God the Holy Spirit (13-14)

A. He has Sealed us (13)

1. A finished transaction

2. Ownership

3. Security & protection

4. Authenticity

B. He has given us an Earnest (14)

1. Downpayment – promise of more to come

2. Pledge – guarantee of promises made


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J. Gary Ellison

commented on May 23, 2011

I appreciate this outline. I have preached this passage as three points, blessing God for blessings from the past, blessings in the present, and blessings in the future, but I think this division along the members of the Trinity is better and avoids the confusion of future blessings rooted in the past or present such as having obtained (past) an inheritance (future). I won''t use as many references outside of Ephesians 1, but I like the trinitarian outline and believe that the threefold outline is strongly suggested in the text by the phrase "to the praise of his glory" which is found three times in Ephesians 1:3-14.

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