Sermon: The Spiritual Blessing of Adoption (Ephesians 1:3-6)

The Spiritual Blessing of Adoption

Ephes. 1:3-6 (ESV)

 

    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,  [4] even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love  [5] he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,  [6] to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 

The Apostle Paul begins the letter to the Ephesian Church with worship. Paul writes May the God and Father of our Lord be glorified, may God be highly exalted

He is worshipping God because of all the benefits God has given Paul and also given the Church. That is exactly why we should worship God. He has done so much for His people that He alone deserves to be worshipped.

 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 

The best way to understand this verse is to see it as a statement the Apostle makes. He makes this blanket proclamation and then he spends the next ten verses showing us just how much we are blessed in Christ. He is going to elaborate on what he means by who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 

God has given the Church every spiritual blessing. In other words, Read More

Sermon: Reason to Rejoice (Ephesians 1:1-2)

Reason to Rejoice

 

Ephes. 1:1-2 (ESV) 

    Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: [2] Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

As we begin the Book of Ephesians, I want us to make sure we get it right. When we’re done with the book, we should be living more like the way God wants us to live based on the truths given to us in the book. God reveals to His children truths through His written Word. Don’t wait for some mystical word from God, we have all we need in the written pages of His Holy Word…the Bible.

Paul highlights three main points throughout the book. These main points help us understand his purpose for writing:

1. He wants to show that God has brought together Jew and Gentile to form a new group, the church. In God’s sight there is no longer Jew and Greek but believers of all races that make up the Church. Jews and Greeks are now brought together through the blood of Jesus and reconciled to God. It would be wrong to think that there is going to be some great revival of national Israel and that the Jewish Nation would somehow experience a revival apart from the institution of the Church. Christ died for the church not for Israel.

2. Christ’s triumph over the powers of darkness on behalf of the church and how the Holy Spirit plays a key role in that.

3. Christian behavior that reflects unity in the body of Christ…the Church.

So, Ephesians is all about the work of Christ on behalf of the Church. I thought it would be very fitting to begin here as a new church plant to learn together the value Jesus places on His Church.

To take the truths of Ephesians into our hearts and to live them out daily will change our lives forever. We truly have Reason to Rejoice.

I. Paul Has Reason to Rejoice (Eph. 1:1a)

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, Read More