Geeking Out Over Ephesians Study – Part 1

Welcome to the Geeks Under Grace official Daily Study post for 6/12/15. Here we will share some thoughts regarding Ephesians 1:1-14 and a simple prayer related to those scriptures. 

Summary of Ephesians

The epistle to the Ephesians or as we know it, Ephesians, is a letter written by the apostle Paul to the church in Ephesus. Ephesians is a beautiful book with a main theme pertaining to the Body of Christ – and more specifically it addresses conduct among believers. This book in particular is full of hidden gems that are completely relevant and applicable to our daily lives as followers of Christ.

Passage

Ephesians 1:1-14 (King James Version)
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:
Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
7In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;
Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Study

Do you know who you are? How do you identify yourself? Paul in Ephesians, as he does in most of his writings first identifies himself and then immediately identifies who he is writing to. But Paul doesn’t just write “to the people in Ephesus”, no he writes “to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus“. Paul addresses the recipients of his letter as God’s people. He then acknowledges their shared faith identifying God as both his and their heavenly father.
Ephesians 1 says you, the believer filled with the Holy Spirit have every spiritual blessing. We are through Jesus, blameless and holy before God! The creator of the universe, our maker has adopted us as children through the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ and God wanted it that way! God the Father is not an angry old man trying to find an excuse to send you to hell, just the opposite. God is a loving father that has done everything necessary to save you from hell and bring you into his presence. He devised a plan to repair His broken relationship with mankind and now through Jesus we have been redeemed, made children of God, and our own trespasses have been forgiven.
So who are you? Well, who does God say you are? God says you are His beloved. You are, in fact, worth dying for. He calls you His son and He has given you the privilege of calling Him father. Identify yourself the way God identifies you.

Prayer

Father, thank you for your love and your provision. You provided the sacrifice for my sins, not me. You made the way for our salvation and you chose us before we ever knew you. Father, help us to see us the way you see us.
In Jesus name we pray, amen.

Activity

Write down a simple summary of your identity in Christ.

Question for Today

Reading Ephesians 1:1-14, what scripture stood out to you? Can you relate to anything written about in this study? Join the conversation and share below!

Steven Kuhn II

Writer for the Christian Living section at Geeks Under Grace.

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