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Introduction to Ephesians

Library EphesusThe Epistle to the Ephesians is a powerful letter written by Paul to the church at Ephesus. In this letter Paul wants the “Saints” to know their position in Christ.   Christians are wealthy and powerful beyond anything offered in this world; many of us just don’t know it.  Believers in Christ, the saints, struggle when our identity comes from the world, rather than through Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.

            Paul writes this letter to the Ephesians saints so they can know who they are.  Paul wanted the Ephesian believers to understand the source of their struggle. He wanted them to wage war in the spiritual realms, to access the power and position we have in Jesus Christ.

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Ephesians Chapter 1:1-14

Who am I?  Why am I here? Where am I going?  These are the essential questions of humanity.  Science, religion and even politics attempt to answer these questions.  The answers to these questions shape our worldview, how do we see ourselves in the mirror?  The atheist sees himself as an accident, without purpose and meaning in a vast universe.  The pantheist sees himself as part of impersonal universe.  Paul reveals the answers to our purpose meaning in the first chapter of Ephesians.  

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Ephesians 2:1-10 By Grace are you Saved

Before God made the universe, before He made the heavens and earth, God knew us. He knew every aspect our being. He knew how and when we would come to salvation through His Son, even before physical matter existed.  The believer has an eternal destiny; God has guaranteed our destiny with the Holy Spirit as a down payment of our promised redemption.  We are adopted as children of God, through Jesus Christ, we have a Heavenly bloodline, a Heavenly home and an amazing destiny.

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Ephesians Chapter 1:15-23, Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom

   Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom

 Heaven BoundImagine before the universe was created, the Lord knew who you were; God knew everything about you and has amazing plans for your eternity. God the Holy Spirit lives in you as a security deposit to guarantee the promise of your redemption in Heaven. You are destined for greatness through the blood of Christ who has paid for your sins.  You are adopted into the family of God.

  This is who you are in Christ! But, do you know who you are in Christ?  In the first 14 verses, Paul’s goal is for you, the believer, to understand your destiny.  We need to know our identity in Christ.  As Christians we have to have the right vision or worldview of our Christian faith.

Read more: Ephesians Chapter 1:15-23, Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom

Ephesians 2:11-22 Amazing Grace

Heaven_HellEphesians Chapter 2:11-21 God's Amazing Grace

 

Do we really know how awesome and amazing our salvation is?  For many of us, raised in the church and with Christian friends, it is easy to become complacent and desensitized to our salvation.  We see ourselves as good people who go to church Sunday, not realizing how we were rescued from the depths of depravity.  God has taken us from a point of spiritual death, elevating us to “Sonship”, with all of Heaven as our inheritance.  We will never really understand our amazing salvation until we see the reality of it in Heaven. 

Read more: Ephesians 2:11-22 Amazing Grace

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