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Christ Exalted (Ephesians 1:20-23)

Christ Exalted Ephesians 1:20-23

Ephesians 1:20-23

I. In the past

    A. The establishment of the church (Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 3:8-11)
    B. The mystery revealed (Ephesians 3:5; 1 Corinthians 2:8; Genesis 3:15; Psalm 24:7; 110:1; Isaiah 2:2-4; Jeremiah 31:31-34; Daniel 2:44)

II. In the present

    A. God uses us as a part of His plan to exalt Christ (Hebrews 13:15; Matthew 5:16; John 13:34-35; 1 Peter 2:9-12; Romans 10:14-17; Philippians 2:13)
    B. God receives glory in the church – the one body (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:23; 4:4; 1:10)

III. In the future

    A. He has the power over death (Hebrews 2:14-15; Revelation 1:18; 1 Corinthians 15:24-26)
    B. When He puts an end to death, Christ will be exalted in the church for all eternity (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)

Paul’s Prayer for Knowledge (Ephesians 1:15-20)

Paul's Prayer for Knowledge Ephesians 1:15-20

Ephesians 1:15-20

I. To know God (Ephesians 1:15-17)

    A. Paul’s thankfulness for the church in Ephesus (Ephesians 1:15-16)
    B. How important is a knowledge of God? (Jeremiah 9:23-24; John 17:3; Hosea 4:6; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9)
    C. “When you read, you may understand my knowledge” (Ephesians 3:4; 1 Corinthians 14:33)

II. To know the hope of God’s calling (Ephesians 1:18a)

    A. How does God call us? (2 Thessalonians 2:14)
    B. Out of what does He call us? (1 Peter 2:9)
    C. Into what does He call us? (1 Thessalonians 2:12)
    D. There is “one hope of your calling” (Ephesians 4:4; Colossians 1:5; 1 Corinthians 13:13; Titus 1:2)

III. To know the riches of God’s inheritance (Ephesians 1:18b)

    A. Predestined to adoption (Ephesians 1:5)
    B. Obtained an inheritance (Ephesians 1:11)
    C. Sealed with the Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14)
    D. An inheritance now available to all (Ephesians 2:7, 12-13; 3:6; Galatians 3:27-29; Ephesians 1:6)

IV. To know the power of God (Ephesians 1:19-20)

    A. Power on display throughout the gospel accounts, culminating in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead
    B. That power is still just as powerful today (Romans 8:11; Galatians 5:22-23, 25; Colossians 2:11-13)

Sealed with the Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14)

Sealed with the Spirit Ephesians 1:13-14

Ephesians 1:13-14

I. Trust in the gospel

    A. The mystery (Ephesians 1:10; 2:16; 3:6)
    B. Man’s trust in His gospel (Ephesians 1:12-13; Romans 1:16-17; Hebrews 11:1; Acts 19:4-5)

II. The result of trust: “sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise” (Ephesians 1:13)

    A. “The Lord knows those who are His” (2 Timothy 2:19)
    B. The seal is evident through the way we live and the fruit we bear (Galatians 5:22-25)

III. “The guarantee (earnest—KJV) of our inheritance” (Ephesians 1:14)

    A. An earnest is a pledge that the remainder of the promise will be forthcoming
    B. When will the fullness of our inheritance be realized? (Ephesians 1:14; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 1:7; 4:30)
    C. “To the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14)

Spiritual Blessings in the Son (Ephesians 1:7-12)

Spiritual Blessings in the Son Ephesians 1:7-12

Ephesians 1:7-12

I. Redemption (Ephesians 1:7-8)

    A. Deliverance from sin
    B. “Through His blood” (1 Timothy 2:6; Hebrews 2:9; Rev 1:5; Rom 5:8)
    C. One comes into contact with His blood at baptism (Romans 6:3-4)

II. Knowledge of the mystery of His will (Ephesians 1:9-10)

    A. What is the mystery? (Ephesians 3:6; 2:16)
    B. The revelation of the mystery destroys denominational division (Ephesians 2:16; 4:4)
    C. “The dispensation of the fullness of the times” (Eph 1:10; 3:2; Gal 4:4-5)
    D. Gathering together in one all things in Christ (Ephesians 1:10)

III. An inheritance as the heritage of God (Ephesians 1:11-12)

    A. We belong to Him; we are His (Psalm 4:3)
    B. Conditional upon obedience (Matthew 7:21)
    C. “To the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:12, 6, 14; Luke 2:17, 20)

Chosen By The Father (Ephesians 1:1-6)

Chosen by the Father Ephesians 1:1-6

Ephesians 1:1-6

I. The importance of being “in Christ”

    A. “Every spiritual blessing” (Ephesians 1:3)
    B. “In Christ” (Ephesians 1:1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13; Galatians 3:27)

II. Chosen by the Father “in Christ”

    A. Beware of Calvinistic error
    B. God set the standard (Eph. 1:3-5; Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3; 2 Thess. 2:13-14)
    C. “Holy and without blame” (Ephesians 1:4; 5:25-27)

III. The purpose of our adoption

    A. By adoption, we are afforded all privileges of family membership
    B. Because of that, we should manifest praise to God
    C. “He made us accepted in the Beloved” (Ephesians 1:6; Isaiah 59:1-2; Revelation 17:14)

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 91/260: Read Ephesians 1

There is great importance in identifying one’s self with Christ. Without Christ, one is without hope. Without Christ, one is without forgiveness. Without Christ, one is without mercy. Without Christ, one is without a loving, spiritual family. Without Christ, one is without an eternal inheritance. But in Christ? In Christ, one has access to “every spiritual blessing.”

There is no good thing the Father will withhold from His children. He makes it clear where one must seek those goods things: in Christ.
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”

“In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.”

This theme of “every spiritual blessing…in Christ” permeates Paul’s writings, but especially in this first chapter of Ephesians. Look outside this first chapter for just a moment though. Read Ephesians 2:13: “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

Because of His love and grace and mercy, we who were born Gentiles have access to “every spiritual blessing.” What a wonderful thought!

Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)

Ephesians 1:22-23. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Pray

Pray a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s gracious blessings and the opportunity He gives all men to be “in Christ.”