Ephesians 1:3-14 (NLT) – All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.  Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.  God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.  This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.  So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.  He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.  He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ – which is to fulfill his own good plan.  And this is the plan:  At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ – everything in heaven and on earth.  Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.

God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God.  And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you.  And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.  The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people.  He did this so we would praise and glorify him.

 

God loved us and chose us before we were physically in this world

  • Verse 4, 5, 7, 11, 13

We are united with / bound together with Christ who is ultimately sovereign

  • Verse 3, 5, 6, 10, 11, 13

God’s Generosity

  • Verse 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13
  • every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms
  • A place in God’s family
  • Glorious grace poured out
  • Richness of His kindness
  • Forgiveness of sins
  • Wisdom and understanding
  • An inheritance from God
  • Identification as his own
  • A guarantee of His end of the deal via a deposit (having the Holy Spirit)

2 Peter 1:3-4 (NLT) – By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.  We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.  And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises.  These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

Matthew 6:33 (NLT) – Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (NLT) – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.  And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.

Ephesians 2:8 (NLT) – God saved you by his grace when you believed.  And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.

Matthew 17:20 (NLT) – I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to here,’ and it would move.  Nothing would be impossible.”